17 July 2017

Liberia: Why Is Everyone Running to Become Representative?

opinion

The Editor,

Is it a quest to truly represent the people or a desire to work only 8 times a month, sign bogus agreement and receive about US$15,000.00 tax Payers money monthly, receive a onetime resettlement benefit of US$90.000, receive US$100,000.00 yearly as in US$25,000.00 quarterly as agriculture break fees, while those who you represent can't hardly afford a meal per day.

What is it missing that you hope to discover and change the game. Don't tell me that you are going to build roads, bridges, schools, toilet etc.

It all sound stupid for anyone to ask the electorate to vote them for these reasons.

Bring out your platform and blue prints, let us review them together.

1. Let's see who is talking about climate change and it's changing wave and effects on Liberia and Africa at large, the rising tides in our ocean that continues to threaten our environment in Monrovia, Buchanan, Robertsport, Harper etc - erosion is clinching! 2. Let's see who is talking about relocating residents of West Point and other slumps in Monrovia as a capital city in these ages; and not just relocating them, but to a new unit that provides modernization of life. Water, electricity, community of paved roads, modern school with labs, playground for kids and parks for the general public.

Let's see who is talking about the conservation of our swamp and wet lands that are been dried up due to high urbanization. In no time we could experience wide flooding across the homes and streets because all of the water ways are blocked, houses are constructed in these areas because the poor cannot afford to buy a land. 4. Let's see who is talking about increasing school hours from 9am to 4 pm in order to keep our kids off the streets and reinforcing our standards that will meet international standards. Let's see if the Ministry of Education can run a rating order of evaluation all of our primary, secondary and tertiary systems, evaluate their facilities, faculties and policies and instructional staff and lecturers, come out with a well-qualified notice and in return, developed a revised version of their various curriculum and special programs that could improve our educational system.

5. Let's see who is talking about how the disabled and disadvantaged can be integrated into the system throughout. Get our blind, deaf and dumb off the streets and empowered them with skills to become useful to society. Let's them tell us what other plan in line to provide monthly or quarterly stipend to those of them who situation are worse.

6. Let's see who's talking about honoring our dead. Building a national cemetery where our dead are buried in order with respect; a cemetery that provides a special place for our soldiers and paramilitary organizations, for representatives and Senators in passing; for Presidents and vice-Presidents. Let's see who talking about building a monument to remember all those who died during our national crisis and honored them as a sign of reconciliation.

7. Aren't you aware Mr. Aspirant that from Broad Street to Redlight, and Redlight to Brewerville and Mount Barclay and ELWA to RIA, there is not, no not one public park and general play outlets for our kids, no public beach and pools, no public recreational centers. Yes, because our communities lack these basic social facilities and services that we find most of our young kids going bad and now, we called them zogos - they are zogos, they smoke because you refused to provide them with what should make them happy. What program do you hope to initiate to bring back our boys and girls from the corners and streets, from the ghettos and hide outs to a place of sanity and rehabilitation for transformation and empowerment.

8. Let's see who is talking about reinforcing and giving additional power to the Liberia Anti-Corruption commission to arrest the rampant increase in corruption in our various public sector. From misappropriation of public resources at NASSCORP to embezzlement at the LEC, NOCAL and LPRC. From breach of PPCC regulations to breach of internal controls at the Ministry of Finance. From missing funds at LIBTELCO, the Environmental Protection Agency to mis- application at the Liberia Water and Sewer Corp.

9. Let's see who talking about building a science society in a country where we are lacking of Doctors, Engineers, Architects, Scientists, Chemists, Physicist. All we see here is Policy makers and Lawyers that is the reason why everyone wants to be a politician. Our roads are built by Chinese, our electricity grids and lines are run by a Swedish company called ETEL, our Hydro at Mount Coffee and Kpatawee in Bong County are built by foreigners, our Cyber Security system is been built by French and Americans. Our rail road at the RIA was recently repaired by a team of Ghanaian to allow at least 16 planes access during the just ended Ecowas conference. Our storage tanks at the LPRC are currently being built by Chinese. We have lost over 13 billion dollars to foreigners as salary and service fees.

10. Let's see who talking about reducing high importation that could help us stabilize our racking economy and increase in the exchange rate. What are your plans for agriculture. Can we develop a short term project for rural dwellers, provide them a package of agri-tools and monthly allowance in a form of a benevolent - imposition that all should grow rice, cassava, corn, vegetables, fruits and all types of consumable greens eaten by Liberians. Who's thinking about stepping down on Firestone and LAC with a ban on exportation of our rubbers latex and insist that factory are built here, processing done here and have these finished materials exported to balance trade and provide job opportunities.

Are we not aware that one day we too shall grow old.

What do we stand to benefit when we grow old. Let's see who is talking about leading a campaign to ensure that there is a provision in our annual budget that provides for the old and sick-in.

Are these their thoughts and blue prints or are they saying to you that they will improve your lives when elected...

Sir D. Clifford M. Russell is a candidate for Mastery in Economics and holds a Post Graduate Diploma from IT Graduate Institute, Vermont, USA in Conflict Resolution and Peacebuilding, Post Graduate Diploma in Internal Audit from LIPA, Monrovia and was admitted in the Bachelor of Public Administration from the African Methodist Episcopal University, Camp Johnson Road.

He's the Chief Executive Officer At Dear John Enterprise and Fida Consults Liberia Limited. He's Has Worked With the International Rescue Committee, Ecobank Liberia Limited and Is Currently in the Employ of the Liberia Electricity Corporation Providing Services As a Senior Internal Auditor. 

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