-LCC Urges President Weah, Citizens
The leadership of the Liberia Council of Churches (LCC) has called for deep and critical national reflection and exhaustive research on issues concerning landownership and dual nationality. The LCC’s call comes in the wake of President Weah’s State of the Nation address calling for the scrapping of provisions in the Constitution barring dual citizenship and restricting citizenship to individuals of Negro descent.
The LCC statement noted that over the years, the conversations about citizenship and land ownership have surfaced in the country’s national debate, but to date, they have yielded no definitive position apart from the provisions offered by the Constitution of the Republic.
The LCC therefore, commended President Weah for reintroducing the conversation at the dawn of his presidency, but noted it welcomes the divergence of views on these matters.
“The LCC, however, calls on the President, the government and people of Liberia for a period of deep and critical reflection on these matters; an exhaustive research on these matters needs to be conducted. The debates on dual citizenship and land ownership should be guided by thorough research that will lead Liberians to logical and valuable gains for Liberia’s development,” the statement said.
Furthermore, the LCC said actions on these matters should consider, but not be limited to economic implications, governance but also best practices mainly in the sub-region, and human rights.
In further analysis of President George Weah’s January 29, State of the Nation Address delivered to members of the 54th Legislature, the LCC stated that while it applauds the President for ‘his forth rightfulness, especially in regards to the national economy, they were equally concern about the future of the country’s economy.”
“President Weah’s words, “our economy is broken, our government is broke, our currency is in free-fall, inflation is rising, unemployment is at an unprecedented high, and our foreign reserves are at an all-time low,” ring clear and are indications to the Liberian people that the days ahead are economically unpredictable,” averred the LCC statement which was signed by second vice president Reverend/Doctor Olu Q. Menjay,
In a related development, the LCC thanked the President for the promise to absorb the West African Examination Senior School Certificate Examination for School Candidates (WASSCE) fees for all twelve graders.
“This is an initial gesture on the part of this government to support education to its fullest, and therefore, the LCC encourages the government to explore meaningful ways to improve the country’s education sector, because the LCC believes that the provision of quality education is the best path in sustaining future growth and development,” the statement added.
The LCC also commended President Weah for immediately reducing 25 percent of his salary and benefits to support the “Consolidated Fund” for necessary appropriation.
According to the LCC this gesture by the President is in the right direction, and the LCC joins him to encourage the Legislature and all government entities to follow the President’s lead.
The LCC therefore called on all Liberians to uphold the peace while remaining resolute and at the same time exercising patience with the Weah-led government in steering the state of affairs. Meanwhile, the LCC has promised to continue its advocacy, to pray for peace and reconciliation and remain in critical solidarity with the government as they all work for the appropriate advancement of the development and well-being of the Liberian people.
The LCC is a premier umbrella of national Christian Church denominations and church related organizations and institutions. It was established in 1982, to help strengthen the prophetic voice of the churches through evangelism, prayer, advocacy, mediation, humanitarian interventions, good governance, peace and reconciliation, gender and human rights, food security, among others.