Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Liberia: Public Works Minister Warns - Country Risks Chaos Again If ...


Source: Heritage

Public Works Minister
Samuel Kofi Woods
Public Works Minister Samuel Kofi Woods has cautiously warned that Liberia risks chaos again if nothing is done to bring politicians together.Liberia experienced over decade of armed conflict which was occasioned by the destruction of properties and human lives. Speaking to journalists recently in Monrovia when he cast his ballot in the just ended National Referendum, Minister Woods observed that he foresees a creeping violence and further warned that something must be done to bring the situation to rest before it escalates to the letter. Against this backdrop, Minister Woods called on the religious community in the country to play a leading role in uniting politicians in the country so that Liberia gets a brighter and peaceful future.


Said Minister Woods: "I will write the religious community through the Catholic Bishop Conference of Liberia to cite our politicians to regular meetings where they will discuss issues that are relevance to the sustenance of peace and stability in Liberia."


He continued: "I believe it is an important venture for the religious community to cite these politicians, more especially presidential aspirants or chairmen of political parties to a regular bi-monthly meeting where the future of this country will be discussed."


At the same time, the former Labor Minister has called on his fellow compatriots to see the elections' processes as an opportunity of making new changes that they want to see instead of inciting violence that will do nothing, but undermine the developmental growth of the country.


According to him, there has been time that people did not have the opportunity to express themselves freely, and so the current atmosphere being created must be used wisely by Liberians to move the country forward.


He pointed out that Liberia has a good prospect, but noted that the dream cannot be realized except Liberians conduct themselves in a more orderly manner.


"What I do see is that Liberians are missing track. This political environmental that has been created is not meant to create chaos, it is an opportunity to turn a new page, to move forward," he stated.
"The best opportunity that any nation can ever have is what we now have today, the opportunity to exercise your democratic franchise. The condition has been provided where your voice lasts in vote cast," he among other things added.

Emmanuel Weedee With Support From Heritage/IREX/USAID Partnership

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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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