‘Liberia’s Challenge Not Infrastructure, But Attitude’

first_imgAll Liberian Party (ALP) Presidential hopeful, Benoni Urey, says Liberia’s real challenge is not infrastructural development but, changing the mindset of Liberians to demonstrate patriotism to the nation. In an exclusive interview with the Daily Observer on Tuesday, Urey emphasized that every Liberian in whatever political and social orientation must join forces and work together to ensure that the minds of Liberians are changed from hopelessness to development.He reminded Liberians at home and abroad to critically examine political and economic issues in the country and develop the spirit to resist negative feelings about the country.In no specific terms, Mr. Urey’s statement appeared to buttress what President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf said when she bemoaned the attitudes of Liberians toward their country’s development. Upon her arrival from Kigali, Rwanda in July this year where she attended the 27th Ordinary Session of the African Union, President Sirleaf described the tremendous economic and infrastructural transformation Rwanda and Ethiopia had made since the days of their respective national crises, especially Rwanda, whose civil war of 1984, recorded Africa’s worst genocide. She recalled that she had the opportunity to work in Ethiopia and Rwanda earlier in her career and that, “The people” of those two countries “have good work ethics, discipline and are patriotic… But ah, Liberians,” the President lamented. But then, taking it personally, she also said Liberians are “not appreciative” of all she is doing to lift Liberia, “and at times it is disappointing.”Reconciliation Urey appears more optimistic. He believes that changing the Liberian attitude involves truly reconciling the country, something he believes President Sirleaf has failed to do. “She even admitted that she has a problem forgiving people,” he noted, “how then, can she reconcile an entire country?” There was however no clear answer from him as to how true reconciliation would be achieved if he were elected President. He did proffer that the attitudes of Liberians could change if Liberians are gainfully employed, especially through agriculture. President Sirleaf came under some criticism for her remarks, with some suggesting that, as President, it was her job to inspire the people of the country towards transformation. Cllr. Tiawan Gongloe a former Labor Minster and former Solicitor General in the first administration of President Sirleaf, said the President “is acknowledging failure that she led Liberia for more than a decade and expressing disappointment a the slow pace of development. Who is to blame? She should start blaming herself.” Gongloe recalled how, under President William R. Tolbert’s administration, a self-reliance policy was introduced, which led to the construction of roads, schools and clinics. “It takes a motivational leader to lead the people to transform the country but she must not attribute the poor state of Liberia to the attitude of the Liberian people,” he said. InfrastructureUrey, in the interview, cited as an example, Liberia’s once enviable healthcare and education systems that were beacons of standard in the subregion several decades ago, have nothing much to show for such past glories. “Guineans, Ghanaians and Ivoirians brought their citizens to Liberia to seek medical health, but sadly today, the story has changed; our education was also sought-after thirty years ago and it was literally free,” he said, lamenting that things have changed for the worse today. He said owing to the kind of infrastructure that was in Liberia, the country was rated as one of the best nations in the subregion. As for the party’s vision concerning the country’s road network, Mr. Urey proffered what he called a systematic approach to the development of Liberia’s road network. “If several miles of road are constructed on a yearly basis in our country,” he suggested, “in a few years our country could be connected with better roads,” Mr. Urey stressed.FarmersSpeaking of Agriculture, Mr. Urey, who owns a farming enterprise, says all the cooperative societies must be revived with funds to smallholder farmers.“We must first of all work out programs in the agriculture sector that would help our farmers to be able to market their produce in every part of our country,” he said.He stressed the need for smallholder farmers in the cocoa and coffee sectors to rehabilitate their previous farms and provide technical training that would increase their output.He noted that agriculture from all indications would indeed stimulate Liberia’s socioeconomic growth and that would ensure stability and peace in the country.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Money changer killed during robbery on High Street

first_imgGunmen on Tuesday morning carried out a daring daylight robbery in front of the Ashmins building on High Street, Georgetown, which left a 57-year-old money changer dead.Dead is Prince Philip Alleyne of Lot 88 Grove Public Road, East Bank Demerara, who succumbed to his injuries at about 11:00h at the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC).Reports are Alleyne, who operates as a money changer on America Street, Georgetown, was parking his car, PMM 9512, at the Ashmins building on High Street, Georgetown, when the gunmen struck.The two gunmen rode up to the now dead man on a motorcycle just as he was about to exit his motorcar.The men, according to an eyewitness, grabbed Alleyne and demanded that he hand over his valuables. However, when the victim refused and attempted to fight them off, one of the gunmen shot him to his head. They then grabbed the man’s bag which contained cash and his licensed firearm. The men made good their escape as the money changer was left lying on the road. Realising what occurred, a large crowd gathered at the scene and Alleyne was picked up and rushed to the GPHC.The area where Prince Alleyne was shot and killedAccording to one eyewitness, she was plying her trade a short distance from where the shooting occurred when she heard a single gunshot.The woman noted that she and others began running in the direction of the shot when she saw several persons surrounding someone who was lying on the road.“When I reach, I was shocked to see is Prince because I does usually see he parking here every day before he walk to America Street where he does do he business,” the woman explained in disbelief.Dead: Prince AlleyneWhen this publication visited the scene, Alleyne’s car was parked while his shoes were seen in a large pool of blood on the roadway. By that time, his relatives had gathered but were in too much of a traumatised state to speak to the media.The police have since launched an investigation into the matter.Last year, another money changer was gunned down on America Street, Georgetown, when he refused to hand over his valuables to a lone gunman.The man, who had been robbed just two months before the incident, was also shot to his head.In that incident, 47-year-old Shawn Nurse was said to be sitting on a chair at the corner of Avenue of the Republic and America Street when he was approached by the gunman and shot.The perpetrator has since been arrested and is presently on remand.last_img read more

MALIN HAD DRIEST SEPTEMBER SINCE 1933

first_imgIt’s what our worn-out lawnmowers already knew!Please don’t go away too quickly!Donegal enjoyed one of its driest Septembers in living memory.In fact, official figures just released show that Malin Head weather station in Inishowen reported its driest September since 1933! And don’t put away the rake just yet.While rain and a dip in temperatures is expected over the weekend, another spell of dry and settled weather is reportedly on the way. MALIN HAD DRIEST SEPTEMBER SINCE 1933 was last modified: October 3rd, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegaldriest SeptemberMalin Head eather stationlast_img read more