The Inquirer (Monrovia)

Liberia: We're Not Sleeping

The Minister of Internal Affairs, Blamo Nelson says the Progressive Movement of Liberia which was started in the 1980's is not dormant. According to Minister Nelson the progressives who were advocating for change yesterday are still involved in the transition process that Liberia is currently in.

Minister Nelson stated that the numerous progressives of yesteryear did not go to prisons for no cause because now Liberians are enjoying liberties because of the sacrifices that progressives went through.

He named Dr. Tokpah Nah Tipotah, Harris Greaves, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, among others as members of the progressives that know the effects of an undemocratic government as they who were once advocates for change, were beaten and harassed can now lead a government of inclusion.

The Minister of Internal Affairs (MIA), Blamo Nelson said that the route cause of Liberia's problems is political in that the founders of the country met, debated and decided to exclude the aboriginal in government.

Speaking at the weekly press briefing at the Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism, Minister Nelson said that today's Liberia is one that not only includes natives or opposition party members but includes everybody.

Minister Nelson said that during the days of centralization divide and rule was the order of the day. Chiefdoms and communities were divided in turn leading to the civil war. He added that now Liberians have to reverse that.

He continued that with almost 2,500 general towns, 400 plus clans and almost 250 chiefdoms in the country, power has to be given back to the people and not just from Monrovia but to the rest of the country for local governments to be strengthened.

"Services are not being probably distributed if everyone in the country is to feel part of the country because a teacher in a village somewhere in Lofa must be able to receive his/her check, cash it or even get a passport in Lofa. That is decentralization and that is where this government wants to take the country and this government knows that this will create national healing," the MIA Minister stated further.

Minister Nelson concluded that as the head of the Ministry of Internal Affairs implementing a national policy on decentralization and local government is part of his main agenda and that many times people say nothing is happening because it has not translated to change in their pocketbooks.

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