-Declares Cummings; We Simply Cannot Continue Like This; All Of Us Deserve Better
Liberians have been reminded that the nation is failing although the people simply cannot continue to like it this way because “all of us deserve better”.
In his commencement address to the graduates of the United Methodist University (UMU) on Tuesday, April 20, 2021 in Monrovia, the Political Leader of the Alternative National Congress (ANC), Mr. Alexander B. Cummings noted that “we must stop this foolish deception trafficked to some of our people that education is irrelevant in the growth and development of our nation.
According to Cummings, where the human capacities of nations are weak, a nation is doomed to be poor, adding that the wealth of a nation is not measured in the heights of buildings, but in the capacities of its citizens.
The ANC Political Leader also pointed out that this is why, when poor families sacrifice to send their children to school, when the children graduate, the families have a right to expect that their children will not lack equality in opportunity, to better their lives, in a country in which they are equal citizens.
However, he maintains that the harsh truth is that those on whose shoulders we have assigned the responsibility to guarantee equality in opportunity have not governed well enough to do so for all of our citizens.
He observes that yesterday, the same people who called and agitated for change – who promised a new dawn of equality of all Liberians – are today, committing the same wrongs, and worsening the already difficult conditions of the country, and our people.
Rather than change, Cummings lamented, “we continue to see the nation governed in a way that excludes one citizen from the rights and privileges to which all citizens ought to be equally entitled. Rather than change, we continue to see opportunities which are conferred by citizenship reapportioned not based on equality in citizenship but a warped sense of partisanship and the corruption of cronyism “.
Liberians do not need any foreign government, or their officials, to either tell us, or prove to us, that our government is kleptocratic and politically corrupt. Each day, the leaders of our government find a way to prove that they are kleptocratic – that they cannot control their insatiable appetites not to steal from us. And each day, the leaders of our government, either by commission or omission, act to confirm that they are politically corrupt and dangerously inept.
It may seem harsh, but our nation is bound to remain poor, rent-seeking and continue to beg for handouts and budget support to pay public officials and civil servants; we will continue to be ridiculed for celebrating donations of hand-pumps and a few transport buses, all of which a more responsible and less-wasteful government ought to provide for its people; we will continue to look to other countries to feed us and direct the course of our development and national decision-making which effectively undermines our sense of independence.
He added that our young people will continue to look to escape to “greener pastures” and away from the harsh realities in the incompetent and corrupt management of the nation’s resources at every available opportunity; our best minds will feel compelled to abandon service to their country; our hospitals and clinics will continue to be without the /essentials for needed diagnosis and treatments of the sick; our public officials will continue to leak scarce and needed resources out of the ailing economy to travel abroad to get treated; indeed, our people will continue to endure the unbearable hardships just to get by, unless and until we seriously attend to reset the priorities of national leadership, be soberly honest about the choices we must make, and recommit to doing the required hard work, and be willing to undertake the needed sacrifices, to turn ourselves around.
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