President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, And family members, relatives and friends at funeral services of Ambulia B. Johnson, Jr.
Govt. Eulogises Late Internal Affairs Minister Johnson
MONROVIA, October 17 (LINA) - President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has led a host of government officials, family members, relatives and friends at funeral services of fallen ex-Minister of Internal Affairs Ambulia B. Johnson, Jr.
According to an Executive Mansion release, the funeral service was held at the weekend at the Providence Baptist Church in Monrovia where she paid her last respect to the distinguished public servant, statesman and a career economist.
The late Johnson began his public service career as a lecturer at the Cuttington University College, now Cuttington University in Suakoko, Bong County.
Thereafter, he served in many capacities of trust with distinction, including the Department of Treasury, now the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning, and the erstwhile Ministry of Planning and Economic Affairs, Department of Public Works.
Later, he was appointed Assistant Minister for International Cooperation at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs by the late President William R. Tolbert, Jr.
Johnson also served as Deputy Minister of Labour up to 1984.
The fallen Minister was a professor at the nation's highest institution of learning, the University of Liberia, in the Finance and Economics Departments and was later employed at the Liberia Produce Marketing Corporation (LPMC) as an Economist and Planning Manager.
There he worked with other professional Liberians, including former Liberian Ambassador to the United States of America, Mr. Charles Minor, and Liberia's Vice President Joseph N. Boakai.
He was appointed by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf as Minister of Internal Affairs in 2006, where he served diligently and contributed to the setting up of Liberia's first County Development Agenda which laid out development plans and government's Decentralization Action Plan for each County, the first in the governance of Liberia.
He was a devout Christian, dedicated public servant, who also taught Maths at the Lott Carey Mission School in Brewerville, Montserrado County, and was joined in holy matrimony with Miss Thelma S. Brown in Raleigh, North Carolina, on July 22, 1995 which union was blessed with four children.
In his tribute on behalf of the Government of Liberia, Internal Affairs Minister Dr. Henrique Tokpah described the fallen Minister as a "pragmatic gentleman, true patriot and a distinguished public servant” and one of Liberia's outstanding Ministers who served his country diligently with honour and commitment to the call of duty.
Delivering the eulogy, Rev. Dr. Stephen Green Howard, Senior Pastor of the Cornerstone Baptist Church, Greenville, North Carolina in the U.S.A, spoke on the theme: "Thanks for the Days" noting that Liberians should live an exemplary life in order to achieve God's glory.
Rev. Howard said in times of tribulation and troubles, Christians must remain strong in the things of God, saying, "When God gets ready no matter the situation he will fix it."
He observed that the late Johnson was a humbled man who impacted lives meaningfully and as well offered his time, life and services to the advancement of his country.
"He was the man who interacted with everyone in spite of your status in society; we will all miss him," Rev. Howard emphasized.
The Liberian Government, in a national gazette in honor of Johnson, paid homage to the fallen Minister for his contribution in strengthening governance across Liberia and for working tirelessly to uplift his country.
The late Minister Johnson died in North Carolina, United States of America on Tuesday, September 20, following a period of illness.
Meanwhile, the remains of the late Ambulia B. Johnson were interred in Kormah, Montserrado County, outside of Monrovia.