Wednesday, May 5, 2010

LIBERIA STRATEGIC RECOVERY PLAN

LIBERIA STRATEGIC RECOVERY PLAN

It is with great optimism and hope that we make this clarion call to all Liberians and friends of Liberia. For more than 20 years Liberia has been ravaged by war and excessive corruption. Those who were not able to escape the atrocities of this period are still subject to an inadequate governmental system that does not cater to the citizenry. Greed for power is now paramount while children and women still suffer at the hands of those sworn to protect them. Poverty, ignorance and disease in the aftermath of the war have prevented the country from progressing!!! The infrastructure is gone; electrical power, clean drinking water, food production, security, education and the opportunity to earn a decent income are all memories of a distant past. The medical needs are astronomical.

How we got here is not important at this moment. Rather, how to move forward must become the focus of our efforts. If this nation is to survive, Liberians must put aside our petty politics as well as factional and tribal loyalties and realize we are One People with a common destiny.

That is why we are reaching out to all Liberians and friends of Liberia asking that you please contribute your knowledge and expertise to the drafting of a Master Plan for effective nation building. We want the best ideas to develop Liberia and empower its citizens! This call to action is for doctors, farmers, teachers, lawyers, women, the youth, elders, students, the religious community, laborers as well as the educated and uneducated alike who must have a say in producing the road map for total national recovery.

We are embarking upon reconstruction committed to CHANGING old habits. Only pride and arrogance would cause any individual, group or party to believe they alone have the best remedy for Liberia’s ills. It’s high time we disabuse ourselves of such destructive thinking and practices.

In the spirit of unity, we welcome and implore every Liberian to join us in formulating the Strategic Recovery Plan that TQ Harris will follow in shaping the New Liberia. Now you can become part of the Solution and make your voice heard.

Let us put our hands and minds together and create the perfect map that will guide not only TQ Harris administration, but future leaders as well. Time is of the essence! Please submit your ideas or provide your contact information if you would like to work on a specific aspect of the Plan. We value your contribution!

Thank you!

TQ HARRIS FOR PRESIDENT CAMPAIGN TEAM

Email: tqharrisforpresident@yahoo.com
Phone: 562.256.4271
http://www.tqharrisforpresident.com

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Everyone is a genius. But if you judge a fish on its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid. – A Einstein

Drawing the line in Liberia

Crimes sponsored, committed, or masterminded by handful of individuals cannot be blamed upon an entire nationality. In this case, Liberians! The need for post-war justice is a step toward lasting peace, stability and prosperity for Liberia. Liberia needs a war crimes tribunal or some credible legal forum that is capable of dealing with atrocities perpetrated against defenseless men, women and children during the country's brutal war. Without justice, peace shall remain elusive and investment in Liberia will not produce the intended results. - Bernard Gbayee Goah



Men with unhealthy characters should not champion any noble cause

They pretend to advocate the cause of the people when their deeds in the dark mirror nothing else but EVIL!!
When evil and corrupt men try to champion a cause that is so noble … such cause, how noble it may be, becomes meaningless in the eyes of the people - Bernard Gbayee Goah.

If Liberia must move forward ...

If Liberia must move forward in order to claim its place as a civilized nation amongst world community of nations, come 2017 elections, Liberians must critically review the events of the past with honesty and objectivity. They must make a new commitment to seek lasting solutions. The track records of those who are presenting themselves as candidates for the position of "President of the Republic of Liberia" must be well examined. Liberians must be fair to themselves because results from the 2011 elections will determine the future of Liberia’s unborn generations to come - Bernard Gbayee Goah

Liberia's greatest problem!

While it is true that an individual may be held responsible for corruption and mismanagement of funds in government, the lack of proper system to work with may as well impede the process of ethical, managerial, and financial accountability - Bernard Gbayee Goah

What do I think should be done?

The situation in Liberia is Compound Complex and cannot be fixed unless the entire system of government is reinvented.
Liberia needs a workable but uncompromising system that will make the country an asylum free from abuse, and other forms of corruption.
Any attempt to institute the system mentioned above in the absence of rule of law is meaningless, and more detrimental to Liberia as a whole - Bernard Gbayee Goah

Liberia's Natural Resources
Besides land water and few other resources, most of Liberia’s dependable natural resources are not infinite, they are finite and therefore can be depleted.
Liberia’s gold, diamond, and other natural resources will not always be an available source of revenue generation for its people and its government. The need to invent a system in government that focuses on an alternative income generation method cannot be over emphasized at this point - Bernard Gbayee Goah

Liberia needs a proper system
If Liberians refuse to erect a proper system in place that promotes the minimization of corruption and mismanagement of public funds by government institutions, and individuals, there will come a time when the value of the entire country will be seen as a large valueless land suited on the west coast of Africa with some polluted bodies of waters and nothing else. To have no system in place in any country is to have no respect for rule of law. To have no respect for rule of law is to believe in lawlessness. And where there is lawlessness, there is always corruption - Bernard Gbayee Goah

Solving problems in the absence of war talks

As political instability continues to increase in Africa, it has become abundantly clear that military intervention as a primary remedy to peace is not a durable solution. Such intervention only increases insecurity and massive economic hardship. An existing example which could be a valuable lesson for Liberia is Great Britain, and the US war on terror for the purpose of global security. The use of arms whether in peace keeping, occupation, or invasion as a primary means of solving problem has yield only little results. Military intervention by any country as the only solution to problem solving will result into massive military spending, economic hardship, more fear, and animosity as well as increase insecurity. The alternative is learning how to solve problems in the absence of war talks. The objective of such alternative must be to provide real sustainable human security which cannot be achieved through military arm intervention, or aggression. In order to achieve results that will make the peaceful coexistence of all mankind possible, there must be a common ground for the stories of all sides to be heard. I believe there are always three sides to every story: Their side of the story, Our side of the story, and The truthBernard Gbayee Goah

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