The Informer (Monrovia)

19 February 2013

Liberia: Essence of Security Hubs to Liberia

editorial

The Liberian Government appears not to be leaving stones unturned in their efforts to ensure that the security of the Liberian people is guaranteed for all times. The construction of five regional hubs in the country each serving various counties their proximity is an important way forward in laying the foundations for a lasting peace in Liberia.

It is today no secret that Liberia's major problems center on injustices and the few marginalizing the vast majority. In view of the above phenomenon, and access to social opportunities and wealth have been uneven.

Moreover, amidst widespread poverty and corruption, many people believe that there should be no justice for the poor. In many instances the culture of impunity has been the order of the day especially in land cases.

It has been confirmed by the Land Commission, a structure established few year ago with the mandate to design land reform policies that ensures the rule of law in access to land ownership that over 80% of cases in docket at the various courts within the Temple of Justice are land dispute related, simply because only the few that can wield the financial muscles have more lands while the rest of Liberians are without.

The regional hubs are being constructed across the five regions of the country to bring justice to the door-steps of Liberians. People seeking legal redress will no longer have to travel to Monrovia before their grievances can be probed into.

The regional hubs are there to ensure the decentralization of justice, to ensure the prevalence of the rule of law and transparent justice for all Liberians irrespective of ethnic and regional origin as well as foreigners in our midst.

We applaud the Government of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf for her tremendous efforts to bring justice to the average Liberian around the country. Several initiatives undertaken by government such as judicial reforms and paving avenues to enhance the living standards of members of the security sector are indeed ways of enhancing the climate of the rule of law, decentralization, reconciliation and political tolerance.

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