By Garmonyou Wilson
The political leader of the opposition Liberty Party, Cllr. Charles Walker Brumskine over the weekend challenged the newly inducted members of the United Methodist University (UMU) students’ council to use the four ‘R’ principles that the party envisages for good governance.
“Liberty Party believes that the foundation of good governance must be grounded in four principles; we call them the four “R’s”—Reconciliation, Reform, Recovery, and Rebuilding,” the Liberty Party front man said at the induction ceremony held at the First United Methodist Church on Ashmun Street.
Cllr. Brumskine told the newly inducted officials that, “In reconciling the students, special attention should be paid to those who tend to feel marginalized, not because they deserve any special treatment above others, but to ensure that they are not disadvantaged.”
He continued, “Those things that you would like to reform; change for the better; have the courage to correct the ills of the past as well as of the present, thereby changing the future for the better of all. But a leader should not begin to reform his or her community without the involvement of the people; they would-be beneficiaries of the reform, as well as the understanding of the implementers of the reforms.”
In his challenge to the officers elect, Cllr. Brumskine continued, “We must strive to recover some of those ancient values that bound us together as a people, and kept us strong, as a nation. Such are values that cannot be legislated, but will be learned and practiced by examples of leadership.”
On the principle of ‘rebuilding’ Cllr. Brumskine said, “The tasks of leadership also include rebuilding or building, as the case may be. For you, as student leaders, I suppose your effort would be directed to help in keeping the campus clean and safe. But as you undertake a clean-up campaign—a process of rebuilding, one must address a few hypothetical questions.”
The Liberty Party political leader said in closing, “As leaders, ensure that you at least begin to address the first three “R’s,” ensuring that the root causes of problems that plague your community are not swept under the carpet; and by so doing not only will your rebuilding efforts be sustained, but you would also be able to develop a vibrant society and leave a great legacy.”
For his part the president elect of the senior class and the chairman of the students’ council government, Wesly Nyenatoh, said that he would try during his tenure to re-instate political activities on the UMU campus.
He added that he was looking forward to working with the UMU administration to ensure that students and faculty and staff work together.
He concluded by cautioning members and officers-elect of the students’ council government of 2015 that presently in Liberia, leadership is most demanding.
Those inducted were Mr. Wesley D.M. Nyenatoh, senior class president; and chairman of the students’ council; Jah Wolobah Beyan, junior class president and vice chairman of the council; Mustapha Z. Sherman, president of the sophomore class and secretary general of the council; Hellen S. Momoh, president of the freshman class and financial secretary of the council.