Thursday, January 22, 2009

Stalwart, Gurus Flocks for UP, Give Reason

…Cite Development Initiatives

Politics is the game of the possible. Most often, political actor and figure cross carpets when they see their political future compromised of bleak or sometimes when they seek political appointments. The latest have been the case on the Liberian political platform. However, whether or not such has manifested in this dispensation, one thing that has sprouted is the crossing of some political figures from 16 opposition political groupings to the ruling Unity Party. For why, the Explain as you will read below.

Opinion leaders and stake holders from 16 political parties of the more than 20 political parties in the country have reportedly joined the incumbent Unity Party (UP). The conglomeration of opinion and political leaders of the 16 parties Chaired by J. Benedict Matada also include the following top executive members such as Eric S. Gbanmie, Emmanuel Mac Nana Russel and Harrison Kanwea, among others.

They chose to join the Unity Party for the following reason: give they were joining the Unity Party as a result of the many achievements of development and peace-building initiatives by the UP-led government headed by her Excellency, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.

“Our decision to join the ruling Unity party today is evidence of the fact that Liberia, over 30 or more years back, is not the Liberia we see and live in today. To be frank and very candid with you, Liberia under the leadership of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has significantly improved,” they said.

They named as some of the government’s achievements, the construction of 150 public schools throughout the country, construction and rehabilitation of the Kakata Rural Teacher Training Institute (KRTTI) in Margibi County, rehabilitation OF THE William V. S. Tubman College of Technology in Maryland County, construction of administrative buildings in all of the 15 counties.

Other achievements identified by the group include the conditioning of roads across the country, the signing of the US$2.5 billion concession contract between the Government of Liberia and the Arcelor Mittal, the US$150 million concession agreement between the Government and the Buchanan Renewable Company (BRC) and others.

They citizens called on all Liberians to support the Ellen-Johnson Sirleaf-led Government for the speedy reconstruction of the country. Some of those who joined the UP come from the opposition national Democratic party of Liberia (NDPL), the Liberty party (LP), the All-Coalition Party (ALCOP), the National Patriotic Party (NPP), the Liberia National Union (LINU), the Liberia Education and Development Party (LEDP) amongst others.

Children Are Valuable National Assets

…Says Ghana Ambassador; Fetes Kids

Monrovia (EOG/PR) 19-01-09:-Hosting a year-end party for community children at his Congo Town residence, the Ambassador of Ghana, His Excellency, Major General Francis Adu-Amanfoh last Saturday said children are valuable national assets that must always be nurtured for a vibrant national future. The future of any nation, he said, depends on its children and noted that the future of society is bound to remain bleak if the children are ignored.

A Ghana Embassy release says Ambassador Adu-Amanfoh made the comments when he hosted more than 200 kids within his neighborhood in an end of party. The party has been an annual event the ambassador traditionally hosts for the kids in the neighborhood of his Congo Town Residence since he took over the Ghanaian Mission in 2006. The Ghanaian envoy intimated that the Children are the future of the nation, saying that they should be made happy at all times.

The Ambassador maintained that for a nation to cultivate a bright future, the welfare of the children should be a priority. “Since they need good education, they must be in good health to have a sound mind and a sound body. This way, the will better be prepared to takeover from the older folks,” the Ambassador said. Ambassador Adu-Amanfoh added that Liberian children in particular should be given special attention and shown love, considering the traumatic period that had characterized the Liberian civil crisis.

The New Year party for the kids was also graced by Sierra Leonean Ambassador, Her Excellency, Marie Jilo Barnett. The Sierra Leonean ambassador also reminded the children the essence of love. She said the children should practice love amongst themselves and be able to care for each other just as their parents and community people care for them. Ambassador Barnett noted that the Bible teaches that “we love our neighbor as we love ourselves,” noting that discipline is the pillow of love amongst children.