Liberia is Africa’s oldest independent nation, history tells us so. This position occupied by us is the pride of our and our prestigious boast in international forums. When it comes to development in Africa, we always prefer to remain silent- reason being that we know our backwardness. If we must proffer a reason for being under-developed, our presentation becomes most logical. “We cannot be compared with South Africa. The whites built it before the blacks took over. We cannot be compared with Ivory Coast. The French built it before independence.” The list goes on and on.
“He is constantly spoken of. He is very uncontroversial and very determined. He is productive and efficient; and above all, his name is becoming synonymous to Public Works just as in the days of Gabriel Tucker. In some ways, the late Gabriel Tucker and Kofi Woods have some character traits. They have easy dispositions and are calculative. Both of them believe in productiveness and efficiency. Importantly, they are, in their own settings and persuasions, people that administrations can count on. Gabriel is no more; but Kofi sits in his seat.” These are the words of a pro-democracy activist who prefers anonymity.
Maryland County is presumably the least in terms of focused development among the oldest counties of the Republic of Liberia. Administrations postdating the Tubman’s era believe Maryland has had its fair share of opportunities and now is the time to focus on other counties.
The Liberian Legislature became disjointed in May 2012 over debates regarding the hydrocarbon sector on a House committee request for renegotiation of oil concession agreements the Liberian Government entered into with 10 oil companies. Their contention was that the agreements violated the petroleum laws of Liberia.
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The saying that time flies in the midst of activities cannot be ignored. Those who have fallen victims to procrastinations are quite aware. For the Prince Johnson’s faction of the NUDP now being referred to as NUDP/J, early planning appears to be the best option towards success. Informed sources say that the NUDP/J has finalized plans for a National Convention that will carry PYJ unopposed as the Standard Bearer for the Party.
Jewel Nimely, a Liberian in the Diaspora says Liberian politics has been one of interest since 2006. “When I reflect on the seventies, eighties and nineties, I recognized that political transformation has taken place in Liberia with democracy taken such formidable root that a citizen of lower level placement in Government could petition the Liberian Senate for redress of grievance and leading to a vote of no confidence in the most powerful city mayor Liberia has ever produced.”
Undoubtingly, the past few weeks on Capitol Hill were rift with oil controversies. The target was the Sirleaf’s administration and the contentions were that oil contracts violated the new petroleum laws of Liberia and there is a need to reform the NOCAL Act to separate regulation from oil revenues collection.