KEEPING LIBERIA MINISTERS WITH US$1000, 00 CARS HONEST
NOT LIBERIA, NOT THIS TIME
Written by Abraham Hoff
Chief Community Organizer of LEAD Liberia
Chief Community Organizer of LEAD Liberia
LEAD Liberia applauds Honorable Evans Koah and his colleagues’ efforts to prevent waste in post—conflict government of Liberia thereby launching an investigation into the purchase of luxurious cars by some members of the Executive Branch. Liberia will be a great nation and a better place to live not because of its perfection, but the belief that loyalty to the country is paramount to loyalty to government persons, party and/or any ministers. The belief that working in the interest of the masses and investing in our children and the youth; the belief that Liberians who love Liberia can change it. People who had the audacity to believe that Liberia could be a better place and the courage to work to make it so. Today in Liberia, government officials are riding US$100K CARS, while leaving ordinary Liberians with the residual side effects of poverty, underdevelopment, unemployment, illiteracy, challenges of health, crime and corruption that often define the lives of many of our people especially, disadvantaged families, our seniors, underprivileged youth and young women.
Today in Liberia, our government officials don’t put the people and the country above personal agenda when making critical decisions that could affect the masses and the national interest of the country like purchasing a CUSTOM—MADE US$100K Lincoln Navigator. We the people have been promised change, but we are yet to see the change. And we have been disappointed. Our government officials usually put individual greed above the people and the national interest of the country. If Liberia is to flourish with development, peace, unity, security and prosperity; we must learn to put the people and the national interest of the country above partisan’s ideology and above individual greed, just like Honorable Evans Koah. The challenges ahead are great; however the benefits are even greater.
The LEAD Organizing For Liberia believes we must change not just our policies, but our politics and the corrupt system that often runs our government. These are not just broken politics. These are policy failures that reward their interests over the common interest and the short-term over the long-term. These are broken politics that often puts government at the service of the powerful and more corrupt individuals while leaving the people to fend for themselves and their children. These are policy failures and broken politics that often create a corrupt system for rewarding those individuals who are caught up in corruption scandals and shuts out the voice of the Liberian People. The Liberian’s State is at risk. Poverty is on the rise, and millions of our fellow citizens have no access to healthcare and good education, while families struggling to care for their children and aging parents but our government officials are riding US$100K CARS. The cost of gaining higher education is unbearable for parents, students, university and graduate students. Our Teachers and professors do not receive good pay for good work. This is not the Liberia we dream off. The fail transportation system, underemployed and unemployment are hitting poor families and working families alike.
Today, we are calling upon the Liberian government to implement fiscal policy that will require government ministries, agencies, commissions; bureaus, etc. to keep administrative costs to a minimum while maximizing their ability to provide support and assistance to the suffering people of Liberia. LEAD Liberia is calling upon the Liberian government to launch Liberia Employees Charitable Campaign thereby asking all government employees, especially those in high places of government to donate to the charitable campaign, which will fund projects such as education, seniors programs, food banks, clean water, sustainable community development, etc. since our government officials have enough money to buy CUSTOM—MADE US$100K cars—they should be giving back some of that money to the community and to the suffering people of Liberia.
The theme for this Charitable Campaign shall be REACHING OUT FOR A BETTER TOMORROW. The National Legislation of Liberia shall ensure the limits of fundraising expenses to no more than 10 cents on a dollar. The government of Liberia shall make sure that all government employees giving and participation in this charitable campaign is volunteered through payroll deduction. The Minister of Health & Social Welfare and the Minister of Youth & Sport shall serve as co-chairs for the “Liberia Employees Charitable Campaign” along with a citizen oversight committee. The choice is clear and the time is now, so help us God.
Thank you and May God bless the Republic of Liberia.
LEAD Organizing For Liberia