Tomorrow, May 14, has been declared a National Holiday and is to be observed throughout the Republic. All offices and businesses houses are ordered to be closed.
This information is contained in a Proclamation by the President, which this newspaper had not received from the Foreign Affairs Ministry up to press time last night.
The day has been set aside by the National Legislature to commemorate National Unification, which was born in 1964 during the administration of President William V.S. Tubman, Liberia’s 19th President.
The Unification Policy was one of the principal pillars of the Tubman administration.
The climax of the Unification Policy was the creation in 1964 of the four new counties –Bong, Lofa, Nimba and Grand Gedeh. This meant that for the first time in Liberian History, the people of the interior came on the same political plane as the people in the five original counties–Montserrado, Grand Bassa, Sinoe, Maryland and Grand Cape Mount Counties. This meant that each of the new counties, like the five old ones, were entitled each to elect their own two senators as well as members of the House of Representatives, according to their respective populations.
The Unification Policy made President Tubman very popular among the interior and indigenous people, who were in the vast majority of the population. This is one of the reasons for Tubman’s longevity as President–twenty seven years, unmatched by any other Liberian President.