THE INQUIRER NEWSPAPER on January 15, 2015,turned twenty four years old and commenced its anniversary celebrations with the donation of food items to an orphanage that is also serving as foster home for children who lost their parents to the deadly Ebola virus.
THE DONATION TOOK place at the Abundant Life Chapel Home of Taffi Dollar Children’s Welfare Center on the Disco Hill off the Robertsfield Highway. Also the management and staff of the institution as per our traditional, gave God thanks for a successful year and peaceful co-existence with all stakeholders, and for this, we joined the congregational members of the Immanuel’s Church on S.D. Cooper Road in Paynesville yesterday for a Thanksgiving Worship Service at 10:00 a.m.
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 has never ceased to commend his employees for their dedication and their exhibition of high level of professionalism in the execution of their duties.
THE SURVIVAL OF the institution has disproved the perception that Liberian businesses are ephemeral therefore the INQUIRER boss has called on the public to see the institution as an example that a Liberian business does last if its management is focused and determined. He expressed regrets that most Liberians put themselves first by changing their life-styles, riding fancy cars, and forgetting about their business, something that most often breaks down the business.
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.
- WESSEH EXPRESSED hope that a printing press would be made available to the institution shortly since it is also a major challenge which prevents the papers from appearing on the news-stand on time.
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 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 “War, 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.
WITH ALL THE prospects and challenges, we are still optimistic of many more successful years to come and we are reassuring our avid readers and the public that we will not disappoint you in our quest to write truth and balance stories and news features informing you about happenings as they unfold; we remain unwavering in our commitment to breaking the stories as it comes.
ONCE AGAIN, AS we celebrate another milestone, we wish to renew our commitment to good journalism and ethical standard, and at the same time pledge our commitment to serving the interest of the public and also putting the interest of the nation above all other things.
LASTLY, WE COMMEND all of those who keep checking on us to make sure that we do not deviate from the ethics of the profession. As we’ve entered another year, it is our vow to keep doing what is expected of us, and more importantly, as the oldest and only surviving post-war, independent newspaper, to set good examples for others to emulate.
INDEED, WE ARE COMMITTED!