THE NATIONAL ORATOR for Liberia’s 166th Independence Day celebration, Cllr. Harry Varney Gboto-Nambi Sherman, has urged President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to begin implementing strong measures in order to fight corruption now because when tomorrow comes, it would be too late.
SPEAKING AT PROGRAMS held in Tubmanburg City, Bomi County, and co-hosted by Gbarpolu and Grand Cape Mount Counties, Cllr. Sherman told President Sirleaf that it is time for new ideas or programs that would impact the lives of the Liberian people.
SHERMAN, A LAWYER and politician acknowledged that President Sirleaf’s government has made tremendous progress but the fight against corruption which has the propensity to impose extreme poverty on the people must be tackled now so that a good legacy would be left behind for prosperity to determine.
THE NATIONAL ORATOR also indicated that although the country continues to make steady strides in transitioning from recovery and reconstruction to inclusive growth and sustainable human development, there are still so many people suffering from poverty and social economic degradation.
ACCORDING TO HIM, if nothing is done to address the situation which is the fight against corruption, all of those achievements made in other areas will become absolutely meaningful in the eyes of the Liberian people. Cllr. Sherman who is also the National Chairman of the governing Unity Party (UP) however recommended to the Liberian leader that the Liberia Ant-Corruption Commission (LACC) should be fully supported both morally and financially and perhaps given the prosecutorial power to handle corruption cases emanating from the public sector. Cllr. Sherman also recommended that instead of government establishing a special court to try corruption cases as it has been proposed, it would be prudent for a legislation to be made that one of the criminal courts at the Temple of Justice be turned into a special court to deal with those accused of corrupt practices.
INDEED THERE IS a need for the Ellen Johnson Sirleaf led administration to do something about this persistent report of corruption and it is an open secret that if nothing is done to fight this scourge every other effort made in stabilizing the Liberian state after years of upheaval will be forgotten and the legacy of her administration will be blown away.
SERIOUSLY TAKING A note from the orator’s oration, concrete actions must be taken to prosecute those accused of corruption as this menace should be void of friendship, relation or otherwise.
THE FIGHT AGAINST corruption should not be seen by many as that which only affects those that are not favored by the power-that-be but be carried out holistically. Only if corruption is fought sincerely will Liberia rise above abject poverty and a privileged-few as the ones who can seriously enjoy the national cake while other Liberians go to bed daily without a decent meal.
ACTUALLY, THE LIBERIA Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC) needs to be empowered and a court strengthened to fast-track corruption cases if the country must get somewhere in the fight against corruption. Taking note from this oration, the challenge is now in the court of the Chief Executive by ensuring that these recommendations are unscrupulously implemented remembering that it would go a long way in making Liberia better and promoting the legacy of Madam President.