A contender in the forthcoming election for the position of President Pro Tempore of the Liberian Senate is proposing a national conference on national purpose for Liberia.
Gbarpolu County Senator Armah Zolu Jallah said the country’s national purpose cannot be merely to survive but to prevail.
“It should be to maintain a free society in Liberia and maintaining a free society requires real commitment to improving our schools, clinics/hospitals and connecting our roads to parts of our country that are still unreachable,” he said.
The Gbarpolu County lawmaker, who also chairs the Senate Committee on Internal Affairs, Governance and Reconciliation, was speaking recently at the official program marking the First Annual Intellectual Discourse and Recognition of Personalities in Monrovia.
Using the land issue as a talking point, Senator Jallah regretted that more than 80 years ago, the Government of Liberia granted land rights to various communities, but the government at that time refused to approve communities’ request for concession. He said land rights to communities have not been a new right, but political will to enforce those rights have remained wanting.
“While we support strengthening local rights for communities, we shall propose additional legislation that requires the administration to grant investment incentives to communities that intend to utilize their land either alone or in association with others,” Senator Jallah declared.
The Pro Tempore hopeful asserted that a free society cannot exist and be sustained where 90 percent of its population lives in abject poverty.
“The struggle today is less obvious as compared to the struggle to end Liberia’s civil war and preserve the peace. Nevertheless the struggle goes on – a great national battle; whether poverty, disease and ignorance are going to prevail or whether we are going to succeed in building a strong and vibrant nation.”
In the country’s quest for success, Jallah suggested that all elements of national life have to be brought to bear, by demonstrating to the watching world that the country has not reached its peak, “but that our peak is still ahead of us; that our best days are yet to come, and will require serious national leadership to be exhibited.