The oil debate in Liberia is getting strong and stronger each day. The House of Representatives gave the first kick off against the appointment of Robert Sirleaf as Chairman of the Board of Directors of NOCAL. This was followed by Cllr. Tiawon Gongloe, a pro-democracy advocate and former Minister of Labor, who, though thought it nothing wrong morally and constitutionally to appoint his brother as Assistant Minister of Labor for Administration, now accuses President Sirleaf as a nepotist. His views were reinforced by President Sirleaf’s worst critic, Dr. Bhoffol Chambers, a former allied of President Sirleaf and fighter to the death against those who criticize her.
Some members of the National Legislature do well in their efforts to explain to Liberians the collaborative and governing processes of Liberia on talk shows and in newspaper articles. The knowledge and understanding with which they approach sensitive governing issues captivate their audiences. Radio interactive forum helps Liberians know the functions of the Legislature and that the Executive Branch of Government is not the lone developer of the nation.
Mr. Ron Anders (1976), a little known ideologist, says “at most, the seat of the presidency is a hot bed and daily encounters provocative biases. According to one of his papers titled “Inside the Presidency: causes of emotional breakdowns and changed attitudes,” Anders says the focus of the nation is on the presidency. In his words, it becomes the throne of the most perfect; where there is expected to be no flaws or infallibilities.” He says further “when one assumes the presidency, the assumption and expectation of others are that extended family members and children are to be directly under the financial patronage of the President’s pay check and should not be active participants in the running of the state.” He concludes that to include them by appointments in government would be nepotistic-a thought that is most outrageous and oppressive to one’s own family’s fundamental and constitutional rights.
Everywhere one turns now a day, the rumor of a George Weah and Robert Sirleaf ticket for the Presidential and Vice Presidential Elections fails the air. While some are condemning such a ticket, others have embraced it faithfully and joyfully. But why so early? Liberians have just got through a near electoral nightmare and catastrophe with political rivals, the CDC and the ruling UP- two giant parties in Liberia. But it is said that everyone has an obligation to prepare for the future; and so is a nation; and reasonably so, are political parties and politicians.
When Amara Konneh came up with his Konnehnomics for the creation of a middle class through Public-Private Partnership and the proposal to establish the Liberian Reconstruction and Development Alliance (LRDA), Representative Alex Chersia Grant of District Number 3, of Grand Gedeh County, came up with a counter proposal for the establishment of the Liberian Entrepreneurs Development Center (LEDEC) while Senator Abel Massalay, Senior Senator for Grand Cape Mount County expressed his doubts considering the pressure which the economy bears on consumers, most notably, in faraway counties.
The Legislative responsibility in development processes of Liberia should go beyond chamber’s debates on presidential bills, ratification of national and international instruments, and/or law making. The obligations to the people of Liberia as a branch within the context of effective oversight, and monitoring of development patterns, reviewing governmental policies, and the social conditions of citizens of the Republic of Liberia.
The key concept and objective of the Liberia Reconstruction Development Alliance (LDA which builds on public-private partnership is to produce a new middle class, says Finance Minister Amara Konneh. However, this is not an existing economic structuring body, but one that is being proposed and to be heavily funded from the Liberian Development Fund. Creating a middle class which has vanished from the Liberian socio-economic structure many years ago has always been a major focus at intellectual discourses and political platforms of politicians seeking political offices; but one whose attainment has never seen the light of day. In an effort to achieve same, administrations have always created complex bureaucracies that bear heavily on the national economy without results.
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It is tempting and exhilarating to write on such a demanding debate that has and continues to attract national attention. My first encounter on the debate for generational change was with the man described as one of the proponents of generational change, Honorable Kofi Woods. In a relaxed and confident mood, Kofi hinted the need for generational preparation for generational takeover. In his opinion, the next five or six years could be possible for such takeover if this generation become cohesive, purposeful, responsible, and reliable.
The world transforms at the tick of the clock on various parts of the globe. As the wheels of transformation turns, progressive patterns of humanity and history are revealed. One of the stubborn realities we come face to face with is the wheels of knowledge and the ever progressive speed at which it turns. In the sixties and seventies, the knowledge of type writing machine and its demand of professionals usurped the skills and application of hand written documents. Prior to that, penmanship was given serious attention in our schools.