The United People’s Party (UPP) has called on the government to stop politicizing education; and prepare the grounds instead, so that traction (footing, grip) will eventually phase out our tepid (half-hearted, lukewarm) stabs at quality education in this country.
Speaking at a three-day retreat in Big Joe Town, on the outskirts of the city of Buchanan, Grand Bassa County, UPP National Chairman, Marcus S. G. Dahn, said it was important for the government to focus on improving the education sector in the country.
The National Chairman explained “if we continue to politicize the education sector and fail to create the enabling conditions to better educate the people of Liberia, a future— with qualified leaders at our nation’s helm— would not be guaranteed.”
He said it is important for the government to create information and research committees that would deal with lapses in the country’s education sector.
According to him, there was a need to uplift the agriculture sector to improve the lives of ordinary farmers. In doing so, government would provide a boost to the supply of items like peppers, eddoes, rice, and other produce.
“As a country, we need to be able to cater to our people’s basics needs; that is why we are calling on the government to create a program to support farming in Liberia.”
The national chairman used the occasion to call on President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and other officials of government to carry out programs while sticking to outlays in the national budget.
According to the National Chairman, the UPP will maintain its membership in the Alliance for Peace and Democracy, (APD) and will respect the provisions of the Article-II, Section 3.2 of the Alliance Accord which says that:
“Each member-party of the alliance subscribes to the idea that the alliance is a grouping of independent, registered political parties.”
Mr. Dahn said that the party will continue to interact with other political parties and civil society groups on issues relating to 15 sub-political seats that will soon be up-for-grabs as well as for the 2017 general and presidential elections.
The party has appointed other officials of the party and various committees to steer the affairs of the party including the Civil Education and Political Awareness Committee, and the National Research and Information Committee.