The New Dawn (Monrovia)

12 December 2012

Liberia: Rep. Gray Wants Vision 2030 Legislated

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

Montserrado County Electoral District #8 Representative Acarous Gray is calling for the legislation of the national Vision 2030 to make it effective.

Representative Gray said in the absence of legislation, 2030 as envisioned by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and the governing Unity Party will not achieve its dreams and aspirations of making Liberians middle income earners by then.

Speaking to reporters in Monrovia, Rep. Gray claimed that the Vision 2030 is not citizens-driven, instead top government officials and close associates of the presidency seem to be driving the concept, while the people are being relegated.

However, delegates from across the country began arriving in Gbarnga since Sunday to attend the national conference on Vision 2030.

Gray noted that past presidents, including William Richard Tolbert, Samuel Kanyon Doe and Charles Taylor had various visions for the country, which they believed were better and workable for the Liberian people, but at the end of their respective regimes, things did not work as planned because there was no legal instrument to constitutionally compel successive regimes to implement them.

He said the government should be more serious about the program that is intended to transform the livelihood of Liberians by allowing them to have a say on the way forward in making the vision an active tool for national development.

Gray claimed the entire protocol at the Executive Mansion failed to send out official invitations for the Vision 2030 launch, which is in sharp contradiction, because members of the Liberian Legislature were officially invited.

When asked while he did not show up for the conference despite even in the absence of official invitation, Representative Gray, in his usual opposition Congress for Democratic Change posture said, officers of the Executive Protection Service, the elite presidential guard, are noted for allegedly maltreating lawmakers in the past.

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