first_imgThe chairperson of the Governance Commission, Dr. Amos C. Sawyer, has disclosed that President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf personally disagrees with the quest for Liberia to be declared a ‘Christian State’ and has called on the National Legislature not to pass it into law.At the Information Ministry’s regular Thursday press briefing on Capitol Hill in Monrovia, Dr. Sawyer said apart from President Sirleaf, he believes that no citizen, particularly a patriotic leader, will support such a position to declare Liberia a Christian State.“We believe that the issue of making Liberia a Christian State is contentious and we don’t need to be protected by state security in the name of worshiping Christ Jesus. The Constitution also speaks of free practice of religion and we don’t believe that making Liberia a Christian State is good judgment,” Dr. Sawyer explained.He further explained that Madam Sirleaf has sent a proposal to the National Legislature supporting the issue of dual citizenship, with supporting reasons, including Liberians who had to leave the country due to the civil crisis but continued to make contributions to families back in Liberia.“This issue is not new to Africa because many countries have dual citizenship and continue to gain the benefits, so in the President’s judgment, she reconciled with it and communicated to the Lawmakers and the Legislators the need to consider the issue of dual citizenship to Liberians who have taken up other nationalities,” Dr. Sawyer explained.He said looking at Liberia’s position and commitment to the International Declaration on Human Rights, and all other rights and protocols, considering the time this clause was put into the constitution and change now, Liberia needs to change itself.On the work of the Governance Commission (GC) and Constitution Review Committee (CRC) toward local empowerment, he explained that expanding Liberia’s physical infrastructure, including access to roads; economic activities and other deliverables remain cardinal in helping Liberia achieve its development goals.Dr. Sawyer emphasized the need for Liberians to engage in full coordination and institutional development to address Liberia’s development challenges.Dr. Sawyer stressed on infrastructure development, including ports, electricity and roads among others as the hallmark of Liberia’s development, which generate power and connect various communities as well as empower locals with support to their livelihoods.“We need to focus on human capacity building, the kind of human and infrastructure needed for Liberia’s development. If the capacities of the people are built, they become the caretakers of the development and the beneficiaries,” he noted.Dr. Sawyer said that the Governance Commission has “been engaged in coordinating a sizable sector of governance and institutional development that is within the software package for empowering locals and developing Liberia.”He explained that if anyone in other parts of the country intends to focus on the private sector with electricity, roads connectivity, it is possible for such individual to utilize and develop within the process; but said if the infrastructure is absent, it becomes difficult to succeed.Dr. Sawyer described the coming of people from the rural counties and communities to Monrovia to carry out their business registration as a serious challenge to making progress and feeling the impact of the economy.He noted, “We cannot use our roads effectively if we don’t engage in improving the infrastructure. The road maintenance cannot be centralized in Monrovia, including the issuing of drivers’ licenses. This makes the governance infrastructure important.”Dr. Sawyer said the CRC in its 25-count document also talks about the reduction of the Presidency from 6 to 4 years, Senators tenure from 9 to 6 years, and Representatives tenure from 6 to 4 years.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img

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