Bad Governance Hampers National Growth - Rep. Nathaniel Innis


Monrovia, Liberia

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The Perspective
Atlanta, Georgia

August 31, 2004

Grand Bassa lawmaker at the National Transitional Legislative Assembly (NTLA), Nathaniel B. Innis, has expressed total resentment over the permeating blanket of societal vices including lack of a sense of nationalism and patriotism on the part of certain people entrusted to take Liberia out of the dungeon thereby keeping the nation and people at a doldrums point.

Representative Innis said it was highly disappointing that the expectation of the Liberian people regarding a much more refined and defined society following war continues to spin upon iceberg- a situation which continues to render the state and people vulnerable.

He observed that the foundation of national consciousness, leadership, good governance and rule of law is not yet visible, instead, he said the practice of bad governance prevails resulting to a downward trend as regards societal growth.

He made the remark on Saturday when he served as keynote speaker during program marking the induction ceremony of officers of the Movement to Establish Justice and Unity in Liberia (MEPJUL) held in ELWA Police substation.

The lawmaker bitterly lashed out at the increasing wave of exploitation of the nation’s resources by a few persons while the vast majority of the Liberian people wallow hopelessly in what he described as “abject poverty.”

He then called on the Bryant leadership to ensure that its mandate which calls for a perfect deliverance of the Liberian people from the shackle of war to that of peace is upheld in accordance with Accra Peace Accord.

The NTLA member then prayed that justice be the nucleus of the transitional period if the nation must regain its dignity in practical sense where there would be a defined direction and promising foreseeable future. He used the occasion to caution Liberians to be mindful of how they receive cell phones, rice, among others from presidential hopefuls. He then asked, “Where were those who are dividing rice and cell phones only because they want to be president?”

He pointed out that the silence of the big guns does not define peace but that peace and reconciliation depend upon the mind and urged Liberians to be forgiving and embrace each other in the spirit of oneness.

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