“I will bring to the presidency a wealth of experience and distinguished service…an enviable integrity of records that speak volumes,” Cllr/Dr. Jallah A. Barbu.
The learned lawyer, now a presidential hopeful, made the assertion in an exclusive interview with the Daily Observer Wednesday in Monrovia. He is to run on the ticket of the Liberia National Union (LINU).
Cllr. Barbu said as an expected public servant, he intends to bring to the table a solid foundation for development and growth for all Liberians, irrespective of location.
He pointed out that good governance requires working with stakeholders in every sphere of professional and technical orientation.
Cllr. Barbu said top of his priority is the governance decentralization system, which aims to ensure socioeconomic empowerment for the citizens, as well as service deliveries that will result to all getting access to communication, good road network, quality education, etc.
“What I bring to the Republic is knowledge to build the capacities of Liberians that they will feel part of the political system,” Cllr. Barbu declared.
He said his understanding of the challenges of the nation and its people ranged from social services such as road, electricity, health and education as well as water and sanitation.
“In my view, I have provided professional advice to the leadership; and by that, I feel it places me in a comfortable position to lead our country by 2017,” Cllr. Barbu declared.
Cllr. Barbu said he has worked with the judiciary for many years; and he, therefore, understands the implications of the country’s laws.
“I can assure Liberians that if am giving the leadership by 2017, I will lead a team to search of solutions to many challenges and bring achievable development programs to the country,” Dr. Barbu maintained.
According to him, as a good manager one should be able to dedicate responsibilities and functions to his able subordinates in the overall governance process.
In order to run a good and representative government, Dr. Barbu stressed that the merit system must take precedence over patronage, nepotism and sycophancy at every level.
“I also think that an effective and respected government should give considerations to the rule of law, meaning the laws must be applicable at all levels,” Cllr. Barbu said.
“If laws are applied selectively by certain leadership, that leadership is bound for political chaos,” he added.
Cllr. Barbu observed that when elected as president in 2017, he will lay down the basis for a comprehensive review of the Liberian Constitution that would reflect the aspirations of Liberians.
On the issue of prosecuting crimes in the country, Cllr. Barbu said a prosecutor should be independent of presidential influence or political manipulations.
On his vision for Liberia’s agricultural programs, he promised to introduce new methods of farming instead of the age-old subsistence farming, which no longer fits in modern day agriculture programs.
Cllr. Barbu called for the revitalization of cooperative societies to serve as empowerment for local farmers.