12 December 2012

Liberia: Ellen Rejects Calls for Vision Law

President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has rejected calls for the legislation of vision 2030 policy into law.

Many delegates and officials attending the ongoing Vision 2030 conference in Gbarnga, Bong County, recently suggested that for the policy to be sustained, it must be enacted into law by the government. But President Sirleaf, who is currently in Gbarnga attending the conference, Tuesday said if the policy was legislated, government would face a series of lawsuits in the future from citizens who would feel abandoned or forgotten in the implementation process. "For instance, if we state here that government must educate every youth and then you fall short, and then one of them decided to sue you for not providing the education as a result of the lack of resource, you would lose the case," she said. She also said that could cause government to lose resources for future development in the country.

However, the president said those aspects of the national vision policy that require legislation would be enacted into law. "But," she added, "we can't take the whole vision policy and enact it into law."

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