The oldest post-war independent Newspaper in Liberia, The INQUIRER turns 24 today and in commemoration with its anniversary celebrations will today donate food items to orphans whose parents died from the deadly Ebola virus. The program will take place at the Abundant Life Chapel Home of Taffi Dollar Children’s Welfare Center, Disco Hill, Robertsfield Highway which is serving as a foster home for the children.
Other activities marking this year’s celebrations as per the institution’s tradition, the staff will assemble at the Immanuel’s Church on SD Cooper Road in Paynesville at 10:30a.rn. on Sunday, January 18, for a Thanksgiving Worship Service.
The institution’s Managing Editor, Philip N. Wesseh, has always attributed the existence and survival of the paper to the commitment, sacrifices and hard work of the staff and commended the employees for their dedication and the exhibition of high level of professionalism in the execution of their duties.
“I am not saying that we are perfect, but over the years we have done our best to be accurate and factual, and whenever we noticed any ethical transgression in our publication, we immediately make corrections,” Mr. Wesseh stated.
The INQUIRER boss boasted that the survival of the institution has disproved the perception that Liberian businesses cannot last and called on the public to see the institution as an example that a Liberian business does last if the owner is focused and determined.
Mr. Wesseh pointed out that the secret for success to any Liberian business is to first build the institution and the capacity of the employees. “If you put yourself first, you will not succeed. By building the institution and capacity of the employees, you can sustain the business,” Mr. Wesseh explained.
Commenting on challenges, Mr. Wesseh reiterated that the circulation of the paper remains a major challenge due to the deplorable road conditions and stressed the need for the Liberian Government to address the situation since it is hampering the circulation of the papers throughout the country.
Mr. Wesseh reiterated that the major project of the institution this year is the acquisition of a printing press.
The INQUIRER boss cautioned all Liberian journalists to exhibit high level of professionalism and assured them that though the media has advanced based on modern technology, there is still room for improvement.
The INQUIRER is the oldest post-war independent newspaper that was established on January 15, 1991 by six young Liberians including, SlewionTogba, GrodyDorbor, Gabriel Williams, Roger Seaton, late T-Max Teah and Philip N. Wesseh.
The founders of the institution who were once in the employ of the Daily Observer Newspaper established The INQUIRER to fill in the gap of communication which was disrupted as a result of the Liberian civil crisis. The Daily Observer Newspaper at the time was shut down due to the civil crisis.
The six young men at the time saw the need to give Liberians and others who fully relied on the BBC news, firsthand information in relations to the crisis and progress that was made by the international community in ending the crisis and bringing peace in the country.
Since 1991, the paper has continued to survive in spite of the difficult circumstances it encountered during the civil crisis in October 1992, April 1996, September 1998, and the 2003 saga that is being referred to as “World War II, and Ill”. The institution suffered a major setback during the April 6. 1996 war as its offices on Carey Street at the time were set ablaze. Its first Managing Editor was Gabriel Williams, who now with the Liberian embassy in the United States.