The NEWS (Monrovia)

Liberia: Failure Awaits 'Vision 2030' If

A cross-session of Liberians has spoken of the urgent need for the Governance Commission (GC) to put in place proper mechanisms and strategies for a successful implementation of the National Vision 2030 program.

In a random interview with The NEWS Wednesday in Monrovia, the citizens said they foresee uncertainty in the achievement of the country's roadmap document if locals are not consulted to provide their inputs.

The National Vision 2030 is a non-partisan process by which Liberians will build a consensus on the future of the country in a participatory process.

This would set the agenda to address the social, political and economic challenges that might confront Liberia in the next 18 years and beyond.

The formulation of a national vision is a broad participatory process, for the people, by the people and of the people setting and defining the parameters of political, economic and social development for building a reconciled and unified nation.

However, the citizens said crafters of the document need to properly seek the views of the masses across the country and catalogue their suggestions before deciding on a blue print as a working document for Liberia for the next 18 years.

Madam Nancy Kollie, a 62-year- old woman residing on Perry Street wants the consultation to be taken to all districts in the country.

The Governance Commission is currently engaged in an outreach for the pending National Conference on Vision 2030 in Gbarnga, Bong County.

Madam Kollie said if the nation must envision a country where citizens would share a strong sense of national identity and commitment to ethical governance, it is important that every citizen across the country participate in the consultation.

She observed that the participation of majority of the citizens was not encouraging and called on the Governance Commission and the National Steering Committee to consider the participation of the ordinary citizens as the way forward.

"Why take the consultation in the Diaspora when majority of the local citizens here are not even aware of what happening regarding the crafting of the country's long term development plan; I was supersized when I heard that the Vision 2030 team was in the Diaspora consulting people, that's not a bad thing, but I think the local people need to be consulted first," Madam Kollie stressed.

For his part, Eric Wilson said no document designed for the growth and development of a country will be achievable if the involvement of the masses is overlooked.

He warned that any attempt by the Governance Commission and the Vision 2030 Steering Committee to ignore the inputs of ordinary citizens in the process would lead to its failure.

Wilson said if the aim of Vision 2030 is to provide a platform to address the political, social and economic conditions of the country, the involvement of the locals must be the hallmark.

Since the nationwide consultation for Vision 2030, only citizens in 156 districts in the entire country have so far been consulted, a process Wilson said is not enough.

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