IN KEEPING WITH the political tradition of the presidency, President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf has delivered her New Year’s Message, in which she outlined the achievements of the government and challenges the nation continue to face in its post-war reconstruction process.
THE LIBERIAN LEADER called on all Liberians to let the New Year, 2014, be one of true patriotism and reconciliation that will highlight the positive things that will unite the nation and that they should welcome the year 2014 with a sense of humility remembering that as compatriots, they must continue to strengthen the peace now prevailing in the country.
FURTHERMORE, PRESIDENT SIRLEAF noted that she has great potential, and Liberians, a resilient people, have the potential to rise above the challenges, and really come together and make Liberia the truly great nation that it’s meant to be.
ON PLANS FOR this year, the Liberian leader said her government will accelerate development efforts, move the economy and create more jobs and that during this dry season, her government will forge ahead with infrastructural developments, particularly roads, power and ports which are the essentials that make everything else happen in the country.
BEYOND 2014, PRESIDENT Sirleaf pledged to continue to implement her administration’s long-term vision and development agenda; conclude the processes for constitutional reform; expand infrastructure to a larger number of the population; strengthen the management of the country’s natural resources; and ensure that Liberia retains an open society based on transparency and accountability.
INDEED, WE ARE touched by the message of the President, especially so as it relates to strengthening the peace. The President rightly said that 2013 was the year that Liberians commemorated the 10th Anniversary of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement that ushered in a decade of uninterrupted peace. Truly, Liberians, as she noted, proudly proclaimed to the world that we had lived through a decade of uninterrupted peace.
MORE IMPORTANTLY, AS we enter another year, what is of great necessity is that Liberians should continue to keep the peace. She, the President said, to sustain this peace, this year must be one of true patriotism and reconciliation that will highlight the positive things that unite the nation and that they should welcome the year 2014 with a sense of humility remembering that as compatriots, they must continue to strengthen the peace now prevailing in the country.
AS A PEOPLE and nation, there would always be differences, but these differences should not lead us to engage in any act, such as lawlessness, that has the propensity to undermine the peace the country enjoys, because with peace, all other good things will follow. We should always be mindful that this is the only country we have therefore everything must be done to keep it peaceful to bring about growth and development.
AT THE SAME time, we urge the President to ensure that those commitments made in her message, concerning the operation of concessions, the fight against corruption and the process of reconciliation in the nation would be of serious priority, as they are very important in moving the country forward and also in addressing some of the problems facing the citizenry.
AS WE EMBARK on another journey, we join the President in saying that although the country remains a fragile state, the record of continuity in peace and democracy is glaringly present and that all of us, no matter, our political differences or persuasions, must continue to build upon the achievement, such as the maintenance of peace over the past 10 years. Hence, let us keep the peace for more progress.