Officials of the the National Polit-Bureau said they were convinced by the instant transformations the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has undergone since Minister Ngafuan assumed his new role as Minister of Foreign Affairs; therefore, he needed a recognition.
Ngafuan thanked the group for the ceremony but however stressed the importance of a general honor than an individual honor. “I think that I may not be the happiest man if we as a government cannot get an honor for the government. I think it is good to honor a Minister but honoring the entire Government in general is better,” a Foreign Ministry release issued in Monrovia quoted the former finance Minister as saying.
“We are very much convinced that honoring you is not a mistake,” Samukai V. Corneh and Mohammed Fahnbulleh, two officials of the intellectuals and activists' group told Ngafuan at its Clara Town Headquarters where the Foreign Minister was certified and gowned.
The Polit-Bureau said it was convinced by its selection committee that after carefully reviewing the performances of cabinet ministers during the year under review, Ngafuan passed all of the indicators which range from public to private administrations.
Members of the Polit-Bureau's special committee said prior to his appointment as Foreign Minister, Ngafuan had set in motion systems at areas he worked which served as the basic ingredients for the level of achievements the Liberian Government made in 2012.
The Minister, under his administration for just ten months successfully revised and launched the new regulations on the administration and issuance of Liberian ECOWAS Biometric Passports and Liberian Honorary Consuls.
“As we all know, the records are there: The Foreign Ministry under Minister Ngafuan's leadership has scored a big mark in curbing the abuse of Liberian Passports by restoring dignity to the processes and other achievements”, Vallai Dorley, an official of the group said.
Dorley named successful bilateral agreements with specific mention of the milestone US$60 million secured from the Chinese Government for the construction of the Ministerial Complex, diplomatic engagements, bilateral and multinational partnerships, and effective representations and handling of sub-regional issues with specific mention of the Minister's involvement in the Ivorian-Liberian border crisis as well as the Malian and Guinea-Bissau crises as few of the gains made by the Foreign Minister.
Ngafuan in response challenged the group and other organizations as well as individuals to continue to engage all sectors in government.