3 January 2013

Liberians Urged To Uphold Values

In order to graduate from the decadent past and be transformed into a more better and organized society, Montesarrado County District #12 Representative Richmond Anderson has urged Liberians to uphold their values.

The Montserrado lawmaker made the remark Saturday in Monrovia while serving as panelist at the Policy Dialogue workshop on the Code of Conduct bill which is currently in committee room at National Legislature.

The Policy Dialogue on the Code of Conduct, a gathering organized by the National Integrity Forum of Liberia (NIF), is seeking to ensure the speedy passage of the Code Conduct Bill, an expected set of rules earmarked to define the conduct of public officials, as well as improving Liberia's governance system, and, eradicating corruption, with responsible leadership, transparency and accountability being the hallmarks.

"We cannot be talking about code of conduct and corruption and don't change our attitude. We look uphold our values and approach the issue of corruption collectively" Lawmaker Anderson told the workshop attendants.

"We need to engage our people in a more positive manner for the good things to happen for our people" Representative Anderson noted, cautioning further, "we need to rethink ourselves with genuine, valuable Liberians with value system. We need to uphold our cultural heritage. A nation that does not uphold its cultural heritage is bound to perish."

Representative Anderson's call for the upholding of Liberia's value system was also backed by Montserrado District#2 legislator Sekou Kanneh who also pledged his support to the NIF's initiatives and promised to lobby at the Legislature for the speedy passage of the Code of Conduct Bill.

The Coordinator of NIF Jerry Tarbolo for his part expressed happiness to both lawmakers for answering to his organization's call, pleaded with them in ensuring that the Code of Conduct is passed by the 53rd National Legislature.

The National Integrity Forum is public-private coordinating committee that discusses issues of anti-corruption and tries to advance policies that improve governance.

NIF was inaugurated back in 2010 May with the mandate to promote good governance and integrity in Liberia; specifically in the fight against corruption. In an effort to achieving such mandate, the NIF intends to strengthen collaboration with the National Legislature for the speedy enactment of anti-corruption bills pending before the National Legislature.

NIF members include key anti-corruption institutions, such as the Liberian Anti-Corruption Commission, General Auditing Commission, Governance Commission, the PPCC, LEITI, as well as civil society organizations including the Press Union of Liberia, CENTAL and Liberia Chamber of Commerce.

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