New Jersey’s Liberian Community Association Praise Government for its Development Initiatives

The leadership of the Liberian Community Association of North New Jersey Meets with Foreign Minister, Dr. Toga Gayewea McIntosh at Liberia’s Permanent Mission to the United Nations
The leadership of the Liberian Community Association of North New Jersey Meets with Foreign Minister, Dr. Toga Gayewea McIntosh at Liberia’s Permanent Mission to the United Nations
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NEW YORK, TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 2011: The leadership of the Liberian Community Association of North New Jersey has expressed appreciation for the level of ongoing development in Liberia during the post-conflict era of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. “As Liberians, we felt proud listening to Vice President Joseph N. Boakai when he updated the world’s body on developments back home. Reflecting on the level of destruction our country underwent, there is indeed much progress and improvement in Liberia,” the leadership said.
The leadership made the assertion when they met with Foreign Minister, Dr. Toga Gayewea McIntosh at Liberia’s Permanent Mission to the United Nations following Vice President Boakai’s address to the 66th session of the UN General Assembly in New York. As Liberians, they had gone to the UN Headquarters to grace the occasion. The Liberian Community Association of North New Jersey leadership included its chairman of the board of directors, Mr. Michael Dortu; president, Mr. Morris Momo; and member, Mrs. Odell Hammond.

Speaking on behalf of the headship, its board chairman Dortu noted that since the inauguration of the Ellen Johnson Sirleaf Government, Liberia has made major advances towards peace and stability, as well as the rebuilding and development processes. He outlined debt relief, influx of investment opportunities in Liberia, increase in the national budget and civil servants salary as well as the rehabilitation and/or construction of basic infrastructure all around the country as some of the major development initiatives undertaken by Government.

Touching on the upcoming presidential and legislative elections, Mr. Dortu called on all eligible Liberians to participate in the electoral process, adding that it is one’s civic responsibility to do so. “This is the opportunity that Liberians have to choose their leaders. Unlike the past, a caucus decided on who leads them; now, you have the opportunity to decide who leads you,” he stressed.

He frowned on politicians who dissuaded eligible Liberians voters from participating in the just ended referendum, terming their action as “unpatriotic”. He reiterated that democracy is now in Liberia; as such, Liberians must utilize it to the fullest.

Also commenting, the association’s president, Morris Momo said he is of the opinion that opposition politicians find it difficult to commend a government in power for the successes they make; stating, “To do so would mean they’re scoring for that government and not themselves.” However, he emphasized that as a Liberian he is very proud that Liberia is becoming a success story in the eyes of the international community.

For his part, Foreign Minister Gayewea McIntosh thanked the leadership on behalf of Government for taking time off their busy schedule to come and listen to the Vice President’s address to the 66th session of the United Nations General Assembly. “I think because of love for country we see a strong delegation here and that you could come and do us proud.” he said.

Dr. Gayewea McIntosh said he is encouraged by the analysis noted by the delegation which are clear and sound objective; noting that these are also the views of others not necessarily in Government. “To see independent persons commenting on some of the positives of the Government for which we are re-pledging our support during this upcoming elections, then I’m much more pleased,” he said, adding that they were part of making sure that Government achieve those results alluded to in the conclusions of the delegation of which he was proud.

 


 

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