5 February 2013

Liberia: We Support Cameron's Statement


British Prime Minister David Cameron says leaders of the world should be held to account on poverty reduction. He said the next wave of international development targets should focus on the alleviation extreme poverty by 2015.

Cameron Believes That in order to tackle poverty in the future requires looking at its true causes, which he pointed out were not just about money but ending conflicts, corruption, making sure that people have access to justice, making sure that there is rule of law; these are the central building blocks to move any country from poverty to prosperity.

The British Prime Minister put it quite succinctly when he pinpointed the underlining factors that cause poverty in the world, particularly in sub-Sahara Africa. He asserted that armed conflicts, rampant corruption, access to justice and the rule of law are at the heart of the problems in third world countries, including Liberia.

PM Cameron Emphasized the importance for leaders and politicians to be held accountable in the future for things that they say need to change. The visit of the British Prime Minister to certain parts of Monrovia enables him to form his perspective regarding the issue of governance, the fight against corruption and poverty reduction.

These Are Not entirely new discussions, however, considering the failure of certain leaders and governments in Africa and elsewhere to address crucial matters facing their citizens . For us, Mr. Cameron's statement addresses the nitty-gritty of the problem facing Africans as far as poverty reduction is concerned.

We Believe That rampant corruption, lack of access to justice and inequality are factors that trigger feud in Africa and other parts. We support the call by Prime Minister Cameron for our government to end factors that lead to poverty such as corruption, lack of access to justice and conflict. We encourage the Unity Party led government to demonstrate that it is serious about poverty reduction.

Too Many Of our people have suffered and continue to suffer. Therefore, it is our plea that that the Liberian government would consider seriously the statement made by PM Cameron as an antidote to poverty eradication.

Unless third world leaders prepared to eradicate nepotism, corruption and other undemocratic tenets (which are serious political issues that ignite revolt) and ensure accountability and transparency, the 2015 poverty eradication vision would well be a mirage.

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