The Informer (Monrovia)

14 February 2013

Liberia: Govt. Alone Can't Rebuild Liberia - Diaspora Liberian Woos Colleagues

The head Liberia's former Law Enforcement Officers Club in the US has called on his colleagues in the Diaspora to meaningfully contribute to the rebuilding of their country, noting that the government alone cannot rebuild Liberia.

Mr. Marvin Dahn, a former Criminal Investigator at the Liberia National Police (LNP), visiting the country after three decades of being away, said there was some progress in the country, but more needs to be done to develop his native land.

"We all need to support the government in rebuilding the country," Dahn told journalists at a press interactio9n in Monrovia. "Government can't do it all; we need to assist...rebuilding is commitment and we All have to do it."

Dahn called on other Liberians in the US and other parts the world "to come home and do more...to even surpass what I have done."

Dahn, through 'Let's Celebrate Liberia' a Liberia humanitarian organization in Canada, where he resides, donated at least 70 football and jerseys along with other sporting accessories and copy books to several schools in his native town of Boe Bondlay.

Dahn said he was gratified with the progress he has seen in the country, better than some of the negative information they receive in the Diaspora. "I am pretty happy to be here--no war; I am happy with the peace, free movement of people and nobody asking 'who are you?' like it was before we left the country."

The former law enforcement officer said he was even enthralled by the level of freedom in the country: "The government is allowing people to say what they want to say--it is God's given right. There's also responsibility to this freedom and people should be responsible as much as possible."

Dahn then called on the Government of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to do more investment in educating the young people because, according to him, "they are the future of the country."

Schools in rural Liberia, he observed need major improvement, indicating that he visited and made donations to some schools that looked very pathetic--no chairs, chalkboards and other learning materials.

"We need to improve this and properly prepare our young people for future development challenges," he advised.

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