OF DR. NATHANIEL R. RICHARDSON
NATHANIEL R. RICHARDSON
CHILDHOOD AND EDUCATION
Nathaniel Reginald Richardson was born on March 8, 1946, at
the Maternity Center in Monrovia. His parents were Nathaniel
and Edith Richardson. He obtained his kindergarten and elementary
education in Monrovia thereafter spending 6 years in school
in England. He returned home in 1963 and graduated two years
later from the Laboratory High School, renamed Tubman High
School in the late 60's.
Richardson attended the University of Liberia, earned a BSc
in Geology in 1971 from the Western Michigan University, an
MSc in Geophysics in 1973 from Michigan State University and
a PhD from Purdue University, Indiana, USA.
PAST WORK EXPERIENCE
Richardson returned home and joined the professional staff
of the Liberia Geological Survey in 1978 where he was shortly
thereafter appointed its Director. He retained that post until
late 1980, when he resigned to form Geoservices, Inc., his
own mineral exploration and water development company. Dr.
Richardson is very knowledgeable about Liberia's natural resources
and their potential impact on the economic development of
the civil war which started 1989, Dr. Richardson was forced
to flee Monrovia like thousands of other Liberians and was
internally displaced; first in Fendell, then Bong Mines, and
finally at Cari in Bong County where he got involved in distributing
food to children and other displaced people.
Richardson worked between 1991-1992, he served as President
of Liminco and again in the same capacity between 1997-1999.
significant work experiences include operation of a natural
resource exploration venture called Resources Development
Company (RDC) with his geophysicist friend, Mr. Cletus Wotorson.
Dr. Richardson has also served on the Faculty of the University
of Liberia as Adjunct Assistant Professor of Geology.
Richardson is one of a handful of very successful Liberian
entrepreneurs. He is presently President of Amlib United Minerals,
a mineral exploration company with mineral properties in several
is also President and founder of Geoservices Inc. Water Division
which drills water wells across the country and Geoservices
Scrap Division, which has the contract
from the GOL to salvage and scrap the former Bong Mines facilities
that were destroyed during the war. Geoservices purchased
trains and reactivated the railroad to support its Bong Mine
operation. That community is served for the first time by
the passenger and freight services it established. Other projects
in the area of agriculture are growing seed rice for distribution
to local farmers, and plantains and cassava production to
start a processing operation. Geoservices is starting a program
to stock some of the numerous lakes in Bong Mines with fish
for fish farming. In addition to these agricultural programs
Geoservices will soon be reactivating one of the two rock
crushers in Bong Mines, which were massively looted during
the war, to supply crush rock for the railroad and for the
construction market in and around Monrovia.
AFFILIATION AND POLITICAL AMBITION
Richardson is a member of the Bethel World Outreach Ministries
International. He is married and has five children.
In 2003 he joined the Liberian Action Party where he presently
serves as Chairman of its Montserrado County branch. He is
presently a candidate for one of the Senatorial seats of Montserrado
County in the upcoming General and Presidential elections
in October 2005.
Richardson serves on the Board of Directors of several organizations.
These include: The Monrovia Bible Training College, Chairman;
The Liberian Organization for Good Governance (LOGG), Chairman/President;
The National Youth Services & Development Corp. (NYSDC),
Founder and Chairman; Mercy Corps, Director; The Liberian
Bank for Development and Investment (LBDI), Director and Cuttington
University College, Director.
Richardson is a member of Rotary International, a service
organization that meets social needs worldwide. He also contributes
monthly to several orphanages in and around Monrovia, several
schools and churches in and outside of Monrovia and he also
supports a large number of scholarship students attending
varieties of academic institutions throughout Liberia.
is an avid sports enthusiast, having once served as President
of the Mighty Barrolle Sports Association and a founder of
the Pythons Basketball Team. He was also one of Liberia's
best track athletes serving as captain of the University of
Liberia track team in 1968.
Richardson's Philosphy and Vision for Liberia
Richardson believes that each Liberian has an obligation to
work to make Liberia a better place than they met it. He feels
that there is no room for "fence sitters", as
one is either for progress or against it. He further believes
that "no one but us", working sincerely and diligently
together will build this nation using the abundant natural
and human resources which God has blessed Liberia with. He
believes the time has now come when all Liberians must "Stand
up for Liberia" so she can regain her dignity.
vision can best be summarized in a statement he made on March
8th, 2005 when he announced his candidacy for a Montserrado
Senatorial seat. He said, he is getting into politics to enable
him "to work with others of like values, to right
the helm of our ship of State, so that we can begin to govern
ourselves in a manner which would bring peace, honor, integrity,
respectability, accountability and thereby prosperity to our
people, and respect among the community of Nations".
Pictures from Nat's Funeral Services and Repast