10 January 2013

Liberia: Lawmakers Asked to Legislate 2030 Findings & Mandate

The Panelists and audience at maiden and launch edition of the year long special series of Liberia Media for Democratic Initiatives (LMDI) interactive forum, THE DIALOGUE in partnership and with support from Trust Africa on the rationale of the Liberia rising Vision 2030, have all called for the legislation of the 2030 findings and mandate.

Bong County Senator Jewel Howard, who launched the Trust Africa supported LMDI media and Community Outreach Education and Visibility campaign in Salala Bong County at the weekend, was keen on the need to legislate the outcomes and aspirations of Vision 2030 in response to concerns from the audience that other Liberian visionary initiatives by past leaders had failed because their outcomes were not made legally binding on successive governments.

Another panelist, former Lawmaker Martin Kerkulah was rather pessimistic, arguing that the very foundation of Liberia was faulty with the suppression of the indigenous poor in favor of the elite. Kerkulah said it was unimaginable for abjectly poor Liberians and their very rich compatriots to sit together and chart a way for in the face of the growing suffering of the poor and massive corruption by the elite in government.

For the people they were clear; that in the absence of the creation of the environment for all Liberians to reap the benefits of the country's natural wealth, any visionary undertaking was useless. They also propounded the argument that vision 2030 would need legislation to ensure its success.

Deliberations from Salala TRUST AFRICA/LMDI National Visioning education exercise launch under "THE DIALOGUE" are being broadcast on the LMDI's partner Network of 45 media outlets across Liberia.

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