Monday, September 6, 2010

Executive Mansion Threatens to Dismiss 'Deceptive' Govt Officials

By Marcus Zoleh

The Government of Liberia has issued a strong warning to all cabinet ministers and heads of autonomous agencies and Public Corporations of what it calls "making dissenting view" on issues that is already endorsed by the Executive Branch of Government.

Making the disclosure Thursday during the Ministry of Information regular press briefing at the Ministry's conference room, Deputy Information Minister Jeromelik Piah said the executive Mansion is concerned over the behavior of some members of the executive branch towards concession agreements signed between it and other partners.
"This warning comes against the background that the processes leading to the decisions are thoroughly vetted and that the Executive Spends a considerable time soliciting the opinions and comments from officials of government, including those who may have a dissenting view on a particular matter. Thus, once a cabinet position is endorsed all those serving in the executive branch are obliged to support said position or runs the risk of being separated from the government." Minister Piah noted.
The warning from the Executive Mansion comes few days after the Managing Director of the National Port Authority, Madam Matilda Parker expressed her dissatisfaction over government's recent US$120 million agreement signed with the APM Terminal for the reconstruction and modernization of the Free Port of Monrovia.
Madam Parker, addressing a joint public hearing of the House and Senate Contract and Monopoly, State Enterprise, Public Procurement and Concession and Judiciary Committees expressed disagreement over the contract and said it did not address the interest of the employees.
Ms. Parker pointed out that awarding the concessionaire a thirty- miles radius in the concession area has serious security implications on the nation and its people. She furthered that the inclusion of Marine Service in the concession also posed grave security concerns for the nation.
Madam Parker furthered informed the members of the joint committees of the House and Senate that she was left out of the signing ceremony of the contract between the government and APM Terminal. She told the committees that the amount provided in the contract is insufficient to cover the workers severance pay and other benefits.
The NPA Managing Director also informed members of the committees that her disagreement was in no way against the reconstruction and modernization of the port, but was meant to give reputable information to the National Legislature, adding that her "honest observation" on the issues has the propensity to create future problems.
She however called on the lawmakers to properly scrutinize the agreement in the best interest of the country and its people.

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Everyone is a genius

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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