The acting head of Secretariat of the Liberia Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (LEITI), Kona D. Karmo, has encouraged Liberians and the youth in particular, to positively engage in the EITI process.
Mr. Karmo made the called last Thursday when he served as guest lecturer at the 35th anniversary of the Sociology and Anthropology Students Association of the University of Liberia.
The 35th anniversary celebration was held in the University of Liberia Auditorium on the UL main campus on Capitol Hill.
Distinguished guests attended the program from several sectors of the society, including personnel from UL’s administrative staff, and scores of students representing membership of SASA.
The program was held under theme; “Non-violence is Imperative to a Peaceful Society.”
According to Mr. Karmo, Liberia’s resources belong to all Liberians and citizens’ involvement in the debates and dialogues on the management of these resources is crucial to ensuring peace and sustainable development in the country.
He noted that while Liberia’s past had been marred with conflicts resulting from the mismanagement of its vast mineral and forest resources, it was important for everyone to benefit from all.
LEITI provides a new opportunity to bring together perceived friends and foes to civilly discuss issues relating to the proper management of the extractive resources as a way to avoid conflicts and deliver a peace dividend, he said.
The LEITI Boss further said, the objective of the LEITI is to ensure that all benefits due the government and people of Liberia on account of mineral and other resources are verified, paid or provided.
“This is duly accounted for and prudently utilized for the benefit of all Liberians and on the basis of equity and sustainability, Mr. Karmo said.
According to him, this cannot be achieved in the absence of citizens’ participation.