The newly elected Chairman on Internal Affairs at the Liberian Senate has proposed the holding of a national peace conference to be conducted throughout the country.
Nimba County Senator Thomas Grupee said that his committee was closely making arraignments with authorities of the Internal Affairs Ministry and the entire Executive Branch of Government to achieve this goal.
According to him, the proposed conference would afford Liberians the opportunity to discuss problems afflicting the nation.
Speaking to the NewDawn newspaper yesterday afternoon at his Capitol Building office in Monrovia, the Nimba County lawmaker noted the idea of the conference came at the right time, saying “as we are in a democracy when the views of the people are supreme; we are all aware that after 14 years of brutal civil conflict, there’s need for a national peace conference wherein Liberians will engage each other on the dialogue table,” he said.
The Nimba County Senator indicated that the conference would enable leaders to know the basic problems facing the country.
“It is good, as you are going round Liberia, to listen and gather the various opinions of Liberians; we should be careful because after the departure of the UNMIL troops, Liberians will take charge of peace initiatives, and I think now is the time for us, as national leaders, to make relevant interventions,” Sen. Grupee said.
According to him, the country will be divided into four sections for mini conferences, while the grand conference will take place in Monrovia, where ideas/opinions generated from the mini- conference will be amalgamated as working tools for the transformation of the country.
Speaker further, Sen. Grupee announced his resignation as Chairman of the Nimba County Legislative Caucus, noting that his decision was based on his election as Chairman on Internal Affairs at the Liberian Senate.
Senator Grupee claimed that he has toiled tirelessly for the unity of the Nimba county, but such efforts were frustrated by some of his colleagues in the Caucus he did not name.
According to him, his primary objective as Chairman of the Nimba Legislative Caucus was to foster peace and development in the county, further claiming that he has done extremely well to lift the county’s image.
He, however, told this paper that he proffered the name of Senator Prince Johnson to take over the Chairmanship of the caucus from which he was once dethroned having served on two separate occasions as chairman.
“Many of my colleagues have agreed for him to be chairman of the county’s caucus,” he said.
By E. J. Nathaniel Daygbor