The leader of one of the newest political parties, the Vision for Liberia’s Transformation Party (VOLT), Dr. Jeremiah Z. Whapoe, has assured his partisans and well-wishers that he is prepared to lead the country come 2017 with a guarantee to eradicate poverty completely.
“Ours is not to reduce poverty, but through our merchandized farming system that would give rise to agricultural activities across the country, we will definitely eradicate poverty,” Dr. Whapoe declared.
He made the remarks yesterday during a program marking the hoisting of the party’s flag alongside the nation’s flag. The program coincided with the dedication of the party headquarters on 3rd Street in Sinkor, Monrovia.
Yesterday’s event, according to Dr. Whapoe, was a display to the public that VOLT has already won the victory ahead of 2017, “because we have visualized the way to transform the country with massive food production through mechanized farming.”
He attributed what he considered Liberia’s failure to develop and meet international standards, to the failure of its leaders to listen when their citizens cry in abject poverty. This, he said, is tantamount to creating chaos.
Dr. Whapoe inspired and kept the gathering mesmerized when he said, “we don’t have rice, money and other political gifts, but we have wisdom because we want your authority, not power, in order to robustly implement our mechanized farming to eradicate poverty, not to reduce it.”
Shortly before hoisting the party’s flag, VOLT partisans in a resolution said the challenges of the country’s post-conflict leadership highlight the need for a new political order and democratic capacity building with clear participatory process involving communities and the leadership. This said the resolution, was a necessary condition to mitigate new or resurrected conflicts, adding, “It is our argument that community capacity building through grassroots leadership is a necessary and sufficient ingredient for the development and sustenance of democracy in post-conflict Liberia.
“Reconciliation through an effective justice system, a people centered democratic governance, and political reforms including decentralization, and empowerment of women and underserved communities was a critical variable in this process. It characterizes a transformational agenda to achieving gradual stability and tackling mainstream ills in Liberia,” Said Whapoe.
VOLT believes that the dilemmas of an inept government, injustice and undemocratic tenets have made transformative leadership to digress at both state and grassroots levels.
National leadership of the so-called “big man” style where decision-making over the distribution of resources, power and authority are exclusively controlled by the president, (indicates) a compelling need for revisiting our laws, Constitution and policies.”
Those who signed the party’s six-count resolution were VOLT national chairman, Gus A. Wilson, and other members including Dr. Whapoe, Samuel N. Brown, Chris Chiewolo and Emmanuel Yarl.