10 December 2012

Liberians Converge On Gbarnga - to Show-Case Vision 2030

Photo: Liberia Governmnet
Cross section of delegates at the conference.

The people of Liberia, through their representatives including civil society, the private sector, law-makers, political parties, the clergy and religious leaders, civic groups among others will today begin deliberations in Gbarnga, the capital of Bong County in Central Liberia for the final presentation of the Vision 2030 Document to Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.

According to the Co-chairman of the Vision 2030 Steering Committee Dr. D. Elwood Dunn, Vision 2030 is a document about Liberia and the Liberian people and the their destiny. It is a document that attempt to offer hope for a brighter future to all Liberians irrespective of region of origin, social and economic background.

Professor Dunn indicated during the regular Ministry of Information press briefing last week that during nationwide consultations to offer opportunities to air their views and opinions on the destiny of their Country with a view to move Liberia to a middle income earning nation by the year 2030, Liberians spoke about both the tangible and intangible.

He said Vision 2030 is designed to take stock of Liberia: where we have come from, where we are and where we e heading to so that the ugly chapters in the history of political instabilities, wars and marginalization in the nation will not be repeated.

According to Dr. Elwood Dunn, who served as the 2012 July 26th independence day orator, there were many Liberians they met during the consultations and palava hut meetings across the country, who opted for a change of the national symbols such as the Flag, the National Seal and the observance of holidays and respect for national monuments.

He added that there are however those who said what they need for government to do for them includes road construction, building schools, clinics and hospitals, schools and colleges, providing electricity and access to basic social facilities.

Dr. Elwood Dunn outlined that the Vision 2030 document that will be presented to President Sirleaf in Gbarnga after the three-day national conference from December 10-13th will constitute two main features, the Agenda for Transformation which will be presented by Finance Minister Amara M. Konneh, and the Roadmap for National Reconciliation which will be presented by Internal Affairs Minister Blamo Nelson.

According to an opinion poll conducted on the streets of Monrovia by the Informer, a cross-section of Liberians are satisfied with any arrangement that will be designed to anchor social justice, the rule of law, ensure political tolerance, equity and meritocracy which many feel is the hallmark for making Liberia a middle income earning society.

A school teacher interviewed by this writer stated that he is pessimistic about vision 2030 simply because Liberians are hard to adapt to changes of attitude and behavior.

"There are still people who may like to do things the old ways hoping to go with impunity. For example there are many people who will never like to stand in long queues as a form of discipline to get their desires. Transparency and social justice is thus the key to the success of vision 2030" he said.

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