International Energy expert, Christopher Z. Neyor, says it is becoming difficult finding friends to confide in, and professionals to consult in Liberia “without your business being out there in the open.”
“Trust is eroding everywhere as too many of our people say one thing in public but do the other in private or in the dark,” he said.
Speaking on Saturday, March 15, 2014, in Monrovia at Program of Commemoration for the 205th Birth Anniversary of Liberia’s First President, the late Joseph Jenkins Roberts, Mr. Neyor who is also President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Morweh Energy Group told the gathering: “We have become a 2-Face Nation in what we say in one hand and what we do in the other.”
Neyor: “We talk about corruption in Liberia and there is, and it has always been, but I believe corruption in Government is a reflection of growing dishonesty in the general society. We cleverly fabricate stories about each other; we deliberately circumvent the academic, business or workplace progress of fellow citizens when we have the opportunity or the power.”
Mr. Neyor who a former president and CEO of the National Oil Company of Liberia (NOCAL) and Energy Advisor to President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf said the late President Joseph Jenkins Roberts was a “man of impeccable integrity, honest, in his dealings as a businessman, politician, and most importantly, as a Christian.”
“Regrettably,” he observes, “We have a serious integrity problem in our country today.”
Elaborating on integrity, which he said, is “adherence to moral and ethical principles, respect for others, respect for laws and order,” he told the celebrants: “You cannot be a true leader among us when you do not respect others, more so, those who are disadvantaged, disabled and diseased.”
“A citizen of integrity also respects the laws of the land and obeys regulations. This includes paying legitimate taxes and respecting the police officer out there in the streets,” he furthered.
The keynote address of theformer Managing Director of the state-owned Liberia Electricity Corporation (LEC) at the occasion was focused on what he calls “Four Key Ingredients We can Learn from the life of the late President Joseph Jenkins Roberts to move Liberia forward.”
He named the Ingredients as “Hard Work and Sacrifice; Patriotism; Integrity; and Unity,” saying a society cannot make transformative progress when its people are preoccupied with how to crook each other and lack respect for laws and order.
“Our families, our schools, our churches and our mosques need to work more in this area of integrity for therein lies a better tomorrow for Liberia,” he, among other things, indicated.
The program marking the 205 Birth Anniversary of Liberia’s First President, Joseph Jenkins Roberts, was organized by the JJ Roberts Education Foundation (JJREF).
Founded and named by President Joseph Jenkins Roberts in 1876 after the death of his wife, Mrs. Rose Roberts, the Foundation is the custodian for JJ Roberts’ properties, ensuring the education of Liberian children. The First United Methodist Church in Monrovia is the Administrator of said properties.
JJREF is being run by a Board of Trustees comprising three members of the First United Methodist Church in Monrovia as Chairperson, Treasurer, and Secretary.
The number of scholarship students for the Foundation for academic 2012/2013 is 783 in 117 learning institutions including high schools, colleges and universities in the country.
At the well attended and colorful occasion, about 21 Liberian children who graduated with honors from various colleges and universities during academic year, 2012/2013, under JJREF sponsorship were recognized and certificated for their indelible scholarly achievements. Among personalities who graced the ceremony were Rev. Dr. John G. Innis, Resident Bishop-Liberia Annual Conference, United Methodist Church; Bro. Dewitt Don Balmoos, Chairperson JJREF Board of Trustees, Dr. Emmet Dennis, President of the University of Liberia, among others.