By: Francis Duwana
The Chairman of ULAA Standing Committee on Membership, Mr. Bangalee A. Trawally at head of a two-man delegation, paid a one-day working visit to Sioux Falls, South Dakota to hold consultation with the newly elected leaders and other stakeholders of the United Liberian Association (ULA).
Chairman Trawally was accompanied to Sioux Falls by the Secretary of the Committee, Hon. Edward Carter. The Trawally-led ULAA delegation held a productive meeting with officers and other opinion leaders of the community on ways to move the South Dakota Liberian Community forward.
As a result, a simmering conflict that had the potential to stifle the growth and development of the community was resolved, with all parties agreeing to work together under a single unified Leadership.
Speaking during the well-attended meeting on Sunday, Chairman Trawally informed the Liberians in South Dakota that ULAA under the leadership of Gaye Sleh is committed to reaching out to all Liberians in the Diaspora to work together for the collective good.
The South Dakota community was informed that it is in this vein that his committee accepted their invitation, and at the same time assist in properly organizing their community in a bid to make it vibrant community outfit within the ULAA compact.
Speaking later, the President elect of ULA, Mr. Ernest Gayetaye thanked Chairman Trawally and delegation for the visit.
He assured the delegation that his administration will reach out to all Liberians including his opponents. Present at the meeting was the outgoing President of the Association Mr. Gibson Myers who is the doyen and organizer of the community.
Mr. Myers assured the delegation of his willingness to put the past behind and work with the newly elected corps of officers to move the community forward.
He, along with his past officials, dropped their demands and contentions as a result of Mr. Trawally and Mr. Carter’s sound leadership and problem solving skills that bridged the divide.
The Chairman of the Special Election Commission Mr. Sampson Kwity expressed his gratitude to the visiting ULAA Officials for their timely intervention.
He promised to work with all parties to plan the inauguration at a later date, in which ULAA officials and members will be invited.
Later that evening a reconciliation dinner was held at the home of Pastor Daniel Gayetaye at which time all in attendance promised to work for the growth, unity and development of the community.