Friday, November 12, 2010

Liberia: Unite for 2011 - Loj Woos Liberians as She Honors Jordanian Peacekeepers


The Informer (Monrovia)/allAfrica.com

- Roland Perry


The Special Representative of the Secretary General and Coordinator of the United Nations operation in Liberia, Madam Ellen Margrethe Loj, has called on the people of Liberia to unite for free and fair elections in 2011.

She added that "I urge the Liberian people to emulate what the Jordanian people have been able to do for the future of their country."

She said Liberia, too, can be that peaceful, prosperous and developed if it moves on the forward path towards consolidated peace, national reconciliation and development.

Madam Loj made the call Tuesday, when she decorated Jordanian peacekeepers serving in UNMIL with UN Peacekeeping Medals, at the Samuel Kayon Doe Sport Complex in Paynesville.

Madam Loj honored the Jordanian contingent for their dedication, sacrifice and contributions to the cause of Liberia's peace and stability.

The UNMIL Boos added that Jordan was one of the first countries to contribute peacekeepers to UNMIL in 2003 and has been with the mission even since.

She said the Jordanian Police advisers are contributing their expertise as mentors to the LNP and in other civilian duties in addition to two formed Police Units and Military personnel.

According to Madam Loj, the Jordanian formed Police Unit support to the LNP in curbing criminals activity addressing violent public disorder is a vital step towards re-establishing the rule of law in Liberia.

She also praised the Jordanian Armed Forces for providing medical services with the utmost professionalism, taking good care of UN staff when ill and other medical services to the Liberian people.

Madam Loj paid special tribute to the peacekeepers for their commitment, hard work and sacrifice, and expressed special thanks to the commanding officers of the Jordanian contingent Col. Omar Al Mashaqbeh, Lt. Col. Rami AL Dabbas and LT Col. Hussein for the level of work they have done to transform Liberia.

Also speaking at the program, the Vice President of Liberia Joseph Nyumah Boakai thanked the peacekeepers for their role in the peace process of Liberia.

He added that Liberia will remain grateful to Jordan and will always remember them for the transformation they have brought to the people of Liberia.

His Royal Highness Prince Zeid of Jordan congratulated the peacekeepers for their role in keeping peace in Liberia.

He said the medal parade is a demonstration of the UN support to the mission in Liberia.

Prince Zeid added that Jordan will remain committed in contributing troop to the UN Mission in Liberia.

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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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