10 July 2013

Liberia: Lawmaker Calls for Dismissal of Education Minister

In the wake of the downward spiral of the country's post war education system, a member of the National Legislature has called on the appointing authority to get rid of the Minister of Education Etmona Tarpeh who he claims is performing below standards.

Giving the minister marching orders, according to Representative R. Matonekay Tingban, will salvage the system which the President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf herself has disparaged as being a mess.

His calls for the removal of Minister Tarpeh also comes against the backdrop of the impracticality of huge sum of money the country realized from dozens of concession agreements signed with foreign companies.

The lawmaker is enraged by the lack of program for education in the country in spite of the glorious realization of a sizable amount of money that should have been used to salvage the system, adding that the education system is experiencing barrage of challenges.

Schools in the Monrovia setting, according to reports, are experiencing the worst of disservice in the ministry's poor handling of the education system.

Representative Tingban spoke last Friday at the Fendel Campus of the University when he was invited by the leadership of the Student Unification Party (SUP).

He claimed that the education sector continues to be shunned by stakeholders, adding "The government needs to do more in providing basic social services."

At the same time, the NImba County lawmaker has derided the signing of 20 mineral development agreements (MDAs) in the tone of US$16 billion in the country as 'meaningless undertakings' with no practical and triggered-down effects on the people as unemployment remains a major challenge in the country.

Rep. Tingban who co-chairs the House Standing Committee on Claims and Petitions said amidst the US$16B direct investment in the country, employment, housing, healthcare and infrastructure still remain major challenges.

He noted the US$16 b investment has no practical effect on the ground as required healthcare still a nightmare.

The district #9 lawmaker added that since Vision 2030 is not legislated though not a law it might face out after President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf' departure as done to her predecessors'.

He noted that the only remedy to this is the establishment of a technical commission drawn from all sectors of the country to develop a technical blueprint and take into account that all royalties paid on every commodity is kept exclusively as a sovereign fund for optimal utilization of the resources to enhance the growth and development of the country.

Noting that failure of other development programs initiated by past Liberian Presidents the Nimba County district #9 lawmaker pointed out that Vision 2030 must be legislated by the National Legislature before it loses its essence.

He noted that President William R. Tolbert's "Mat-Mattress/Self Reliance", Samuel K. Doe's "Green Revolution" and Charles G. Taylor's "Vision 2024" all became failure because these instruments were never legislated.

Representative Tingban who also co-chairs the House Standing Committee on Governance furthered that the late President William R. Tolbert's vision of total involvement died along with him because that was not legislated.

"When Vision 2030 is legislated it makes it binding on future leaders to pick up the ball and get it rolling in keeping with unfolding circumstances," Representative Tingban added.a

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