The visiting Sierra Leone Minister of Justice and Attorney General, Joseph Fitzgerald Kamara, has said the Liberian government must commit itself to Liberians because they are the ones that elected officials to the government.
Speaking recently at the Monrovia City Hall when he received a Golden Image Award, he said it is not good for any nation to shy away from corporate social responsibility to its citizens and if that should happen the citizens will end up living in abject poverty.
“The responsibility of any democratic government is to respond to the needs of its people by building modernized hospitals, by providing quality education and safe drinking water,” Minister Kamara said.
The Liberian government, he emphasized, must prioritize the country’s health system to urgently bring back some level of confidence to Liberians, adding that the severity of the EVD was due to the fragile heath systems of Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea.
“A majority of the citizens can’t afford to send their relatives to nearby hospitals or other countries to seek medical attention therefore the government as part of its responsibility must work in the interest of the citizens by building a vibrant health sector to respond to their needs, and should not abandon the people because health issues are key to the development of every country,” he said.
According Min. Kamara, Liberia has been transformed speedily after years of difficult crises which included the deadly EVD that led to the death of many citizens in Liberia and its neighbors, Sierra Leone and Guinea.
The Golden Image Award, he said, shows the togetherness of Africans, and the long way the two countries have come.
According to organizers, the Golden Image Award recognizes deserving individuals who commit themselves to serving humanity and society. The awards were given out in several categories, including leadership, peace, development, education, empowerment, democracy and the rule of law. Others were humanity, activism, arts and culture.
The program was held under the auspices of the National Secretariat of the Golden Image Award in collaboration with the Liberia Crusaders for Peace. It brought together officials of government, members of the Diplomatic Corps, traditional leaders and Civil Society Organizations.