22 October 2012

Liberia: Fussing Derails Progress - Ellen Concedes

President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has noted that persistence fussing among Liberians is impeding the country's progress with development.

"We should at this time put our hands together in moving this place called Liberia forward, but stabbing ourselves in the back as it has been is detrimental for [our] existence. It is time to work together as one family with many branches and divisionary minds and expertise", she told Liberians recently at welcome reception held at the Paynesville Town Hall outside Monrovia for her safe return from Tokyo, Japan.

President Sirleaf further noted other countries, especially neighboring Sierra Leone are making tremendous achievements in their developmental and good governance drives; but Liberians have devoted their time and energy in distracting one another and bad mouthing the administration, which is derailing the effort of her government.

She indicated that such practices would make the country and citizens achieve less for long while countries that had experienced similar tribal or civil wars continue in the right trajectory.

Madam Sirleaf, who is in her second term, made reference to the recent survey conducted by Abdoulie Janneh, former executive secretary of the UN Economic Commission for Africa, which indicated that Liberia made some giant fight in governance but still trails being neighboring Sierra Leone.

According to the survey, Liberia has improved its governance with the score 46.6 compared to 34.6 in 2006' while Egypt, Kenya, Nigeria, and South Africa fell in percentages.

The Survey further revealed that Egypt is better governed now than in 2000, but its score has fallen from a high of 61.4 in 2009 to 57.7. In the final years of the Mubarak regime, it was among Africa's 10 best-governed countries, but has now fallen back to 14th place.

Recently, Nobel Peace Laureate, Madam Leymah Gbowee accused the Sirleaf Administration of corruption and nepotism.

Speaking in Paris at the launch of her book, Madam Gbowee said President Sirleaf has done nothing to fight corruption and nepotism, disclosing that she had engaged the President on series of occasions to take measures that would curtail corrupt practices and remove some of her relatives from key positions in government but she has paid death ears, leaving her (Gbowee) with no option, but to publicly resign as head of the country's National Reconciliation Commission.

President Sirleaf appointed her son Robert Sirleaf as senior advisor in her office and chairman of the board of directors of the National Oil Company of Liberia, a decision that continues to receive public criticism.

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