Central Bank of Liberia Staff Association on Friday, July 18th 2014 celebrated its 10 years of existence since its formation in 2004.
According to the Founder and former President of the Association, William M. Dogbeh, in the past this organization was known as Central Bank of Liberia Athletic Club which was responsible to cater to employees of the institution who were hard working in their various departments and sections.
But they later united themselves to form a workers association named and styled as the Central Bank of Liberia Staff Association (CEBSA) in 2004, where he was elected as the first President.
He noted that they used to work with other commercial banking institutions in the country in terms of hosting queen contests to upkeep the bankers in the spirit of unity.
Following the official establishment of the Central Bank of Liberia in 1999 by an Act of the National Legislature, the then Governor Charles E. Greene, deemed it necessary to unite the Central Bank of Liberia Staff Association, which was called at the time as Central Bank Social and Athletic Club.
He disclosed that the purpose is to identify with workers in times of sadness and happiness to establish loans for the employees of the bank, and the cash contribution of LD$10.000 for any bereaved worker.
For his part, the Executive Governor of Central Bank of Liberia Dr. J. Mills Jones said that they for inclusiveness of all their workers including senior, junior staffers, drivers, and all the way down to janitors are honored for their services in the system.
He furthered that they came here tonight as one family to innovate each other and this is the first time for staffers to meet in one accord to appreciate each other like this.
CBL Governor Jones said that they owe it to the Liberian people and they must reach throughout the length and breathe of this country and that they will not apologize to anyone for doing just that.
Dr. Jones noted that they have succeeded in changing the culture of CBL by extending their services outside of the workers and the capital of Monrovia and that it does not mean any crime that they should apologize for to anyone.
He narrated that CBL can rely on their staffers to do what is needed to be done as they are the institution, while the management team is responsible to formulate the policy, but the staffers will implement them and management is proud of them.
He urged them to continue working very hard to achieve the transformation that they have dreamed about and transformation comes by being committed.
Also speaking was the President of Central Bank of Liberia D. Bouleigh Cooper, who commended the management and staff of the CBL for their cooperation and understanding towards the working relationship amongst them.
Mr. Cooper also appreciated the level of support the Association continues to receive from the Executive Governor Dr. J. Mills Jones and the board of governors over the years since its formation.
The CEBSA President further lamented that with the cooperation of the Executive Governor and the board of governors, the staff salaries have been increased by more than 100%,as compared to five years ago.
The staff loan scheme has also been upgraded to accommodate the liquidity needs of staff on both short and medium term basis, senior managers accessed funds to purchase vehicles, while others continue to enjoy training and upgrading in higher learning through scholarship from the management at home and abroad.
He disclosed that more than five banking institutions in the country participated in the tournament which was organized by the management of CBL and won some trophies.
Those institutions include the Liberia Bank for Development & Investment (LBDI), Global Bank, Guaranty Trust Bank, United Bank for Africa, Fibank and CBL.
The CBL was the host that participated in the governor’s cup for the commemoration of the tenth anniversary celebration.
CEBSA on Saturday July 19,2014 extended its services to more than twenty leprosy victims in Masatine Town in Bomi County and issued them 3 bales of used clothes including towers, sweaters and mixed clothes,3 bags of rice, one carton of chorax, one carton of bath soap, one dettol soap amongst others.
The cost of the items donated to the leprosy victims in Bomi County is put at US$1,300, and this was the donation from members of the Central Bank of Liberia Staff Association (CEBSA).
Addressing the victims in Masatine Town in Bomi County, the Chairman of CEBSA relief committee, Alvin T. Hill said that they were very happy to reach in that part of the country. He called on other organizations to extend their services to the needed people of rural Liberia.
Alvin Hill, who is chairman of CEBSA relief committee extend greeting to the victims in Masatine camp on behalf of the management of and staff of CLB to the people and pledged their support to the leprosy victims in that area, and prayed that God will continue to bless them with resources as they want to continue their support not only to those in that area, but in other parts of the country.
Receiving the items on behalf of the victims, the Town chief thanked CBL management for taking up their time to reach to those he described as humanitarians in the society.
For his part, one the victims Saah Kendor, who said that he was brought from Lofa Congo in Grand Cape Mount county called on the authorities of CBL to intensify their support for them as they don’t have any other means to receive food, medical and clothes for themselves.