Liberia: Walk The Resource Talk


There is a lot of talk about the need for resources without the realization of what is the most important resource. Usually, the talk about resources points to financial and natural resources. Usually, the talk about resource shortage has to do with the lack of adequate financial resources. All of this talk about resources goes on without the realization that the most important resource is the human resource. When person A who has no record of commitment to doing good is given much money and person B who has a record of commitment to doing good is given little money, person B will perform better in terms of doing good. The powers that be continue to work with money as the main resource, while living conditions worsen in a state of wonderment.

It is the lack of the realization that the human resource is the most important resource which explains the lack of a merit system in the Liberian State management, despite the existence of the Civil Service Agency (CSA). Generally, in State management, the employment of people is not based on merit, but is personalized, as in the “who you know” mode. The “who you know” mode is greed-driven, leading to longstanding and widespread corruption. Both the immediate past and present governments are agreed on the point that corruption is the number one enemy of State management in Liberia. This agreement is ironic, as seen in the State billboards of the Liberian Revenue Authority (LRA) calling upon people to pay taxes, contending that taxes lead to development, the sustainable increase in the living standards of the people, although the taxes go into private pockets rather than for the benefit of the people, the tax payers.

This greed-driven corruption has a religious background, as seen in many of the State managers being used in Churches and Mosques to raise money. No wonder the offices of these religious leaders can not account for the use of millions of dollars. No wonder these religious leaders do not speak Truth To Power. There is a Vacuum with the absence of Arch Bishops George Daniel Browne and Michael Kpakala Francis as well as Sheikh Kafumba Konneh, not forgetting Dr. Mary Nema Brownell. However, there remains alive a Lone Voice in the Wilderness, among religious leaders, in the person of Bishop Arthur Flomo Kulah, who worked closely with the faithfully departed religious leaders mentioned above.

Although Dr. Mary Nema Brownell and Sheikh Kafumba Konneh have passed away, their Legacy of doing good has not passed away. Witness their work done through the organization Servants of Africa Fighting Ebola (SAFE) that raised awareness in the Community, resulting in ebola being pushed into the dustbin of history. This Legacy is now seen in the work of Servants of Africa Fighting Epidemics (SAFE), adjusted to push the corona pandemic into the dustbin of history, hopefully sooner than later. SAFE has now covered over two million persons in Liberia, with the Message of (1) wash your hands; (2) wear your masks, and (3) observe social distance, at least six feet. However, in the face of the violations of public health protocols in religious and other public places, like markets as well as in commercial vehicles, the work of SAFE is being stepped up under the leadership of Ms. Elitha Manning, Founding President General of the Liberian Labor Congress (LLC), Sheikh David Kiazolu, Vice President of the Muslim Council of Liberia and your Humble Servant, as Chairperson.

With election fever running wild, the wareness raising work has to be increased by convincing people tp work together to transform the electoral system from bad to good. The electoral system, supervised by the National Elections Commission (NEC) of Liberia, operates in violation of the Constitution of Liberia. This violation is seen in (1) NEC Commissioners who are not Liberian citizens; (2) foreigners vote in Liberia; (3) Liberians crossing County borders illegally to vote; (4) ignoring the use of functional voter registration machines; (5) the refusal by NEC to clean up the voter registration rolls; (6) the non-vetting of NEC represenattives at NEC voting centers; (6) personalized decision making by NEC Registrars, and (7) the corrupt practices of NEC officials, as seen in the contracting of immediate family members in a non-vetting process. Last, but certainly not the least, is that candidates are not checked for their citizenship credentials.

The UNFAIR electoral system means that persons with good records can not be elected. Therefore, the only way for persons with good records to be elected is to transform the bad electoral system to a good electoral system throuh the Rule of Law. This is why there was the Tipoteh versus Korkoya Case in the Supreme Court of Liberia, when Mr. Jerome Korkoya, a citizen of the United States of America (USA) was Chairperson of NEC. Up to now,after two years, the Supreme Court of Liberia says that it is not prepared to give a ruling on the Case. Upto now. No religious, political of other national leader has given support to the Case.