The Chairman of the National Traditional Council of Liberia (NTCL), Chief Zanzar Karwor, has said the much publicized Vision 2030 will be meaningless if the Liberian leader fails to punish corrupt officials in government.
The NTCL Chairman made these comments Tuesday, December 11, 2012 at the second day of the ongoing Vision 2030 conference in Gbarnga, Bong County.
The National Vision 2030, according to the draft document, is a non partisan process by which Liberians will build a consensus on the future of the country or the formulation of a shared vision through a participatory process - setting the agenda to address the social, political and economic challenges that confront and may confront Liberia over the next 18-years and perhaps beyond and a development framework consistent with the long term vision.
"The formulation of a national vision is a broad participatory process. Vision 2030 will be 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. A nation envisioned where citizens share a strong sense of national identity and community, commitment to ethical governance, and government partnership in pursuit of national development goals. The visioning exercise belongs to the Liberian people and as such, the people of Liberia will set the agenda," said the draft document.
But Chief Karwor maintained that the vision can't be realized unless government takes stern action against corrupt officials. In some instances, he observed that people indicted in audit reports are given new employment by President, saying this does not push the fight against corruption.
"People accused of corruption in audit reports must be investigated and punished if found guilty. If you appoint them somewhere else, you make them boastful before the Liberian people whose money they have stolen," he stated.
Speaking further, the Liberia's traditional council head urged that the vision be triggered down to every Liberia irrespective of tribe, wealth or religion.
He said the Liberian government should create employment opportunities for every Liberian, especially qualified Liberians. Among other things, he urged government to create employment based on qualification and not on favoritism.