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Mamadee Sesay appointed Acting Executive Director of OLM

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Brooklyn Park, MN, December 23, 2013:-The Organization of Liberians in Minnesota, OLM, has appointed a new volunteer Executive Director.

Acting Executive Director Mamadee B. Sesay, Photo Credit Lassana Bamba

Acting Executive Director Mamadee B. Sesay, Photo Credit Lassana Bamba

The appointment which was made today by the Board of Directors of OLM during a Year in Review meeting indicates, that Mamadee Bangali Sesay, who will spearhead activities of the organization, replaces Wayne Doe.

The Chairman of the Board, Zubah Kpanaku disclosed to a gathering of Liberians that Wayne Doe was indefinitely suspended on September 29, 2013.

Mr. Kpanaku said, as an Executive Director of OLM, Wayne Doe is indefinitely suspended due to his failure to meet the expectations of the organization.

He pointed out, that since the end of the July 26 Independence Day celebration of the West African nation of Liberia in Minnesota, Mr. Doe, as an Executive Director, has failed to make financial report to the Board of Directors of OLM.

“I am not going to bend the curve”

OLM Board of Directors

OLM Board of Directors

Mr. Kpanaku’s disclosure hinted, that at the moment, it is not clear if the organization gained revenue from the July 26 program which was held at the Community Activity Center in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota.

At the well-attended meeting today at the headquarters of OLM, on Kentucky and Brooklyn Boulevard in Brooklyn Park, Mr. Kpanaku struggled to answer questions related to funds generated during the Independence Day celebration.

In a rather embarrassed manner, Mr. Kpanaku bluntly told a gathering of Liberians that, “I am not going to bend the curve; we can’t give any account to date.”

Mr. Kpanaku outlined the lack of community support, the resignation of a board member among other things as factors obstructing the operation of OLM. He encouraged members of the organization to utilize their office space as a resource center.

Zubah Gayflor Kpanaku is a Chemistry instructor at Saint Paul College in Minnesota.

Community Members

Community Members

For his part, the in-coming volunteer Executive Director, Mamadee Bangali Sesay promised to take OLM to another successful level.

He said, in an effort to lift OLM to what he calls a resourceful status, community members ought to be listened to whenever they suggest new ideas to their leaders.

Mr. Sesay thanked the OLM Board of Directors and the community for the confidence reposed in him. He promised to uphold his volunteer position to a higher standard that will generate revenue for the most popular Liberian organization within the State of Minnesota.

OLM was incorporated as an organization within the State of Minnesota in 1973, from time in memorial; it has been faced with power struggle. Though the headquarters of the OLM has reportedly been paid for in full, it is delinquent in the amount of $6000.00 in association fees.

The function of its new Acting Executive Director is to strategize modalities that will raise fund for the OLM, anything short of this will leave the organization financially paralyze.

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