Monrovia – The Better Future Basis (BFF), just lately organized a program marking the celebration of Liberia’s 55th National Unification Day, with a number of opinion leaders from each the public and private sectors as well as Representatives of the United Nations, Carter Middle and other members of the diplomatic group accredited close to Monrovia highlighting the need for Liberians to work together for sustainable peace and unity, and foster democracy within the nation.
Held on the Capitol Hill major campus of the College of Liberia (UL) in Monrovia, the celebration which had as its Theme: “National Unification Day: Education- First Step Out of Poverty; Path to Self-esteem & Self-reliance,” wasin collaboration with the Kofi Annan Institute for Conflict Transformation of the University of Liberia, Youth Past Obstacles (YBB) and a conglomeration of high school and college college students.
Delivering his keynote tackle on the occasion, the Nation Consultant of Carter Middle Liberia, James Dorbor Jallah, who can also be former Government Director of the Public Procurement and Concessions Commission (PPCC), harassed the importance of the Nationwide Unification Policy initiated by Liberia’s former President, Dr. William V. S. Tubman (late), which brought collectively indigenous and Americo-Liberians in the governance and improvement of the nation.
Mr. Jallah recalled that the Unification Coverage sought to remove limitations to peace and unity and for Liberians to rise above acts with potential to undermine nationwide unity and progress.
He referred to as on Liberians at all strata of the nation to embrace peace and refrain from acts that are inimical to strengthening and consolidating the country’s peace and improvement as well as its democracy.
At the similar time, Mr. Jallah underscored the necessity for the Administration of President George Manneh Weah to see itself within the mild of the Nationwide Unification Coverage of President Tubman by encouraging all Liberians to type an integral part of the national decision-making course of and to make sure the agency protection of the rights of all Liberians as assured by the Liberian constitution and different statutory provisions.
Commenting on the planned June 7 protest within the country, Mr. Jallah pointed out that both the Government of Liberia and organizers of stated protest have the duty to make sure the peace and tranquility within the nation.
He underscored the necessity for the Liberian government to accord the required protection to the June 7 protestors as their proper to do so is guaranteed by the Liberian constitution.
The Carter Middle Country Director, at the similar time, emphasized that organizers of the June 7 protest equally have the duty to make sure that the protest doesn’t impede the essential rights of different citizens, together with the fitting to free movement, as additionally guaranteed by the Liberian constitution.
He stated President Weah remains the chief of all Liberians regardless of their regional, ethnic, spiritual, socio-economic and political variations amongst others, and as such, the Liberian leader should guarantee the complete safety and happiness of all.
In his Goodwill Message delivered at the event, Dr. Uchenna Emelonye, Nation Consultant, United Nations Workplace of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Liberia, lauded BFF and its companions for the Unification Day celebration.
He stated the UN Human Rights Workplace, since its institution in Liberia in 1993 has been working with the Government and the Civil Society on human rights issues as it is carried out in different nations worldwide.
The UN Nation Consultant additionally appreciated the federal government and other people of Liberia in the promotion of nationwide unification, peace and improvement and burdened the necessity to guarantee the rights of all.
Dr. Emelonye who expressed delight with respect to the Theme of the Unification Day Program-“National Unification Day: Education- First Step Out of Poverty; Path to Self-esteem & Self-reliance” referred to as on Liberians, especially young individuals to attempt for quality schooling which he stated is a proper and never a privilege. He was proxy by Human Rights Officer Sonny Onyegbula.
The fitting to schooling, he stated, is enshrined in Article 86 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and different international conventions including UN Conference on Social and Human Rights; Convention on Economic, Social and Political Rights and Convention on Social and Cultural Rights among others.
Speaking at the event, Ms. Elizabeth Harleman, Cost d’ affairs and Head of Improvement Cooperation of the Swedish Embassy close to Monrovia stated she was glad to type part of the National Unification Day celebration in Liberia organized by the Higher Future Basis (BFF) and other collaborating partners.
Ms. Harleman identified that the event was also in recognition of the progress made through the years in Liberia in the promotion of democracy and improvement.
She careworn the need for Liberians, especially the youth of the nation to entry schooling which is “A first step out of poverty” and the development of vanity and self-reliance.
The Head of Improvement Cooperation of the Swedish Embassy additional asserted that instructional empowerment will allow young individuals in Liberia who’re the longer term leaders of the nation to successfully tackle future societal challenges.
While expressing the necessity for Liberians to work together for the peace and improvement of the country, the Swedish Diplomat emphasized that every baby in Liberia deserves schooling which is a primary proper that should, always, be acknowledged and upheld.
She indicated that the participation of all is crucial within the peace-building and improvement strategy of the nation and in the promotion of democracy.
Making remarks on the program, Lofa County Senator, George T. Tengbeh, Chairman of Senate’s Standing Committee on Lands, Mines, Power, Natural Assets and Setting applauded the Higher Future Foundation (BFF) for the Nationwide Unification Program.
Senator Tengbeh reiterated that the Unification Policy initiated by Liberia’s former President, Dr. William V. S. Tubman (late) was meant to unite Liberians aimed toward enhancing nationwide unity, peace and progress.
He burdened the significance of the unification policy in the sustenance of peace in the nation.
The Lofa County Senator additional informed the gathering that the Liberian nation is at an important state, as such, the necessity for national therapeutic, reconciliation and unification cannot be overemphasized.
Whereas calling on his fellow residents to unite and work collectively for improvement and progress, Senator Tengbeh prayed for God’s divine intervention in consolidating Liberia’s hard-won peace and democracy for the good thing about all.
He additionally highlighted the need for Liberians to subscribe to regular dialogue find amicable options to nationwide problems and eschew acts of violence and lawlessness always.
“Let us sit and talk as Liberians. We must make the ultimate sacrifice to protect the nation’s peace for the benefit of our children,” Tengbeh confused.
The Lofa County Senator stated Liberians shouldn’t permit the peace of the country, together with the operation of faculties and other businesses to be disrupted. In line with him, such disruption would severely impression the country.
Making apparent reference to the Liberian nation which had graduated from many years of bloody and damaging civil warfare, Senator Tengbeh declared: “If you fall for a second time, it will be difficult to get up.”
He stated the International Group is watching Liberians for the safety of peace and democracy within the nation.
For his part, the Minister of Youth and Sports activities, D. Zeogar Wilson, praised BFF for the unification day celebration.
Minister Wilson referred to as on Liberians to return together and work for the betterment of the country as envisioned in the national unification coverage launched by President William V. S. Tubman during his administration in 1964.
He expressed the willpower and dedication of the Liberian government, headed by President George Manneh Weah, in building the capacities of Liberian youth within the area of technical and vocational schooling throughout the country.
Minister Wilson stated such instructional empowerment of the nation’s youth would allow them entry employment and different revenue generating opportunities and to contribute meaningfully to nationwide improvement efforts.
“Education”, he emphasized, “will also enable young people to develop self-esteem and to be self-reliance in the improvement of their individual livelihood.”
He maintains that such schooling is an integral part of the government’s Pro-poor Agenda for Peace and Prosperity.
He careworn the importance for Liberians to respect each other and to foster national healing and reconciliation because, “In union strong, success is sure.”
This yr National Unification Day celebration commenced with a daylong Peace and Unification Dialogue with several distinguished personalities from the private and non-private sectors together with Sis. Mary Laurene Browne, OSF President, Catholic Archdiocese of Monrovia; Lofa County Senator George T. Tengbeh, Bishop John Kunkun, President of Liberia Fellowship of Full Gospel Ministries and Ms. Amelia Flumo, Graduate (Masters) of the Kofi Annan Worldwide Peacekeeping Training Middle in Ghana, serving as panelists.
In their respective shows, the panelists highlighted the relevance of the nationwide unification and integration coverage formulated and launched by William V. Tubman who served as the 18th President of the Republic of Liberia. The underscored the necessity for Liberians to uphold such policy in the governance of the country and the advancement of peace and improvement.
One of the panelists, a famend educator, Sis Mary Laurene Browne, notably harassed the urgency for Liberians to succeed in a national consensus on what they want for his or her nation; and the sort of schooling they should actualize stated vision and objective for the betterment and prosperity of the nation.
In conclusion, the panelists concurred that more funding in schooling be made by the central government with help of different stakeholders to enable Liberians make prudent and knowledgeable selections on the event of the country.
The celebration was additionally characterised by other actions including prayer for Nationwide Healing, Reconciliation, Unity and Peaceable Coexistence spearheaded by Mr. Felesu F. Swaray, Administrative Assistant of the Kofi Annan Institute for Battle Transformation of the College of Liberia and Rev. Morris Yeedoun, Founder and Chief Government Officer (CEO) of Harvest Worldwide Liberia, representing the Islamic and Christian Communities respectively.
A Particular Documentary Video: A retrospection of the historical past and significance of National Unification Day, aimed toward cultivating a tradition of peace, respect for rule of regulation, and for elementary human rights amongst Liberian youth and students to function catalysts for improvement and unification was proven on the indoor program held within the auditorium of the Capitol Hill campus of the College of Liberia in Monrovia.
Based on BFF Founder and President, Augustine Arkoi, these events have been additionally a part of BFF’s ongoing Liberia Democracy Sustainability Platform (DSP) initiative, which primarily seeks to inspire nationwide consensus-building to accelerate an improved human safety relations, human rights and respect for the rule of regulation, infrastructural improvement for sustainable peace and democratic governance in Liberia and the sub-region.