Foreign Ministry Graduates 39 Protocol Officers

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs on April 2, 2010 graduated 39 newly trained Protocol Officers who successfully completed Six-month Specialized Training Programme in Protocol and Etiquette, the first ever under the Administration of the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Her Excellency Madam  Olubanke King-Akerele.

Twenty-three 23 males and six females received Certificate in Protocol and Etiquette. The specialized training programme conducted by the Liberia Institute of Protocol and Etiquette (LIPE) and sponsored by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

Madam  Williette P. Wei-Monger of the Ministry of National Defense received the Esteemed Honored Student award for her excellent performance, while several other persons including Miss. Antoinette M. Wolo, Protocol Officer of the Bureau of Protocol, and Mr. Gotomo Ruben Anderson, Research Analyst at the Office of Deputy Foreign Minister, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and Mr. Issac Yeah, Senior Radio Producer of UNMIL Radio, were among those graduated with honor.

Fifteen of the graduates came from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs while the rest came from the National Legislature, the Ministry of National Defense, UNMIL, UNDP and the private sector.

In his keynote address, Vice President of the Republic of Liberia, Honorable Joseph N. Boakai has paid special tribute to Her Excellency, Madam Olubanke King-Akerele, Minister of Foreign Affairs, for her vision and innovation in revamping the Foreign Service Institute, and urged the graduates to use the knowledge acquired to protect Liberiaís image.