-Sen. Jallah Challenges BCCC
Former President Pro-tempore of the Senate, Armah Z. Jallah has said that the essential paralysis of the 21st Century is the deficit of genuine leaders, “which calls for ready and able hands on deck to bring about development.”
Sen. Jallah of Gbarpolu County made the statement over the weekend when he delivered the keynote address at the induction of leaders of the Criminal Justice Department of the Bomi Community College (BCCC) in Tubmanburg, Western Liberia.
He said times like these demand strong minds, great hearts, true faith and motivational leaders, whose love of office does not kill; leaders who the spoils of life cannot buy, who possess opinions and a will to govern.”
Jallah, who now chairs the Senate Committee on Public Works and Rural Development, further informed the student leaders that in the wake of a deficit for genuine leaders, those elected by their colleagues to lead must follow leaders who have honor, “who will not lie, but can stand before a demagogue and damn his treacherous flattery without winking.”
He challenged the BCCC entire student body that to accomplish their goals, they should combine their imagination with common purpose, determination and courage.
“Remember that when the people work as a team, they say we did it ourselves. I am counting on each of you that enrolled at the BCCC to lend a hand to achieve the dreams of this leadership, and all must work in concert to ensure a successful BCCC,” Jallah admonished the students.
He challenged the inducted leadership to make use of the opportunity and lift up the society from “the rubbles of negative influence and where detractors are using young people to rain havoc on society. You must collectively attempt to weed BCCC of the dangers of corruption and other dishonorable practices, which are eating up the fabrics of character and society.”
Sen. Jallah emphasized that leadership is most demanding in this century in Liberia more than ever before; that citizens are frustrated over the failure of trusted leaders in communities, schools and in every sector of the society to deliver the desire of the electorates. He emphasized that citizens are constantly unsatisfied with broken promises and their hopes are shattered over failure of their leaders to keep the promise of a better future.
“You must therefore struggle to be the best in every sphere of your leadership at BCCC.”
Jallah then urged the inducted leaders to make their administration one that will leave a legacy of participatory democracy, consensus orientation, accountability, transparency, responsiveness, efficiency, effectiveness and one that will have followed and respected the rule of law.
“As you people strive to become scholars in criminal justice, you must mediate in the interests of students in order to reach a broad consensus, so that all will have a stake in your administration,” he said.
“Decisions taken and their enforcement,” the Gbarpolu County Lawmaker warned, must follow regulations and “information that will be freely available and directly accessible to all who will be affected by decisions of your leadership and all stakeholders must be served well.”