Indeed not a matter of providing publicity or conducting public relations to a very unique radio program now hosted by former Information Minister Rev. Emmanuel Z. Bowier, called the Emmanuel Bowier Experience must be reiterated and encouraged that those Liberians now clamoring for power in the land tune in on ELRM, or Radio Monrovia, for proper guidance.
Not at all considered a gospel and perhaps with this very brilliant Liberian sacrificing his time and energy to help inform and educate the citizenry on what many, as I see it, may not have known and fearing to have a population following others with blind eyes, the thoroughly researched program provides substantive background to prevailing issues in society, simply for corrective and repetitive actions.
Always underscored during his program that he is not a "know-all" but indeed with vast knowledge, just as many, including this columnist, may not be a "know-all" other than been a rice scientist and often referred to as "Mr. Easy Water," most of what Mr. Bowier continues to highlight on his program represent the facts since, as an on-the-spot journalist, he does not necessarily have to rely on documentation.
That said and indeed not a replica, it ought to be told as lesson that whilst this columnist may have been involved into agricultural production since the early 1970s up to 1980, with less attention on the politics of government, the younger generation of today must be encouraged to study to show themselves approved unto God, for a workman needeth not to be ashamed rightly dividing the word of truth (II Timothy 2:15).
Against the firm backdrop of the huge challenges now facing the Liberian society, especially following a turbulent civil crisis, one needs not boast that the pre-war and post-war educational acquirements are substantive enough to keep the nation on peaceful course.
Whilst many of the learned of the 1940s, ‘50s and ‘60s may be on their heavenly or hell sojourns, the present generation must begin drawing practical lessons from their stewardships while on earth, in order to build upon them for continuity.
Many times attacked by the public as to why in the last 18 or more years I have continued to highlight the productivity of an industrious leader, the late President William Richard Tolbert, Jr., the question has always appeared quite funny, most times making me to laugh in tears.
The simple fact is this: Whether he happened to have been a father or not, perfect or imperfect, his style of leadership that truly awakened my consciousness to national growth and development cannot be argued without self-praise; sacrificial services rendered to the nation following his killing to date under various administrations speak for themselves. It is a matter of demonstrating impartiality or "clear heart" to one who helped show the way forward to nationhood. Thanks to the domestic support of my darling wife, Mrs. Janet Priscilla Jones Kesselly over the years, for had it not been so, "my soul would have been lost."
Why say all these, some may ask. It is because while former Information Minister Bowier has offered to educate our present-day generation on issues that they would have allotted enormous time to conduct research in libraries and may not even find the truth, some are of the view that he is out for a come-back in government. Even at that, is this typical Liberian not entitled to employment by government as constitutionally provided?
The nearly three years selfless efforts made by the In Profile Daily newspaper to the nation and its people may be considered in some circles as trying to make profit as a business. Hey! You are indeed wrong. Far from money-making, the democratic culture must be protected, if not sustained at all and any cost by the media, without which many of us would prefer to become hunters. It stands in the forefront just as other institutions may choose.
How many of us are prepared to take the risk taken by the radio producer, gullible as many citizens are? It certainly does not require going abroad to truly know the inside of Liberia, as long as one maintains a sober focus, just as many have done and are doing.
Left-out as many citizens may consider themselves out of the mainstream of governance over the years, perhaps on account of very wrong perceptions that they may have acquired formal education in the country and not abroad, worse to say about those in the informal sector who may be found to be more qualified than those coming from abroad with mere documents to suck on under-men like cow flies, the time is now that the present generation drift from the course of too much socialization and take education seriously.
Thanks to Education Minister Honorable E. Othello Gongar, who has engineered an Education Act seeking to improve the sector by attracting Liberians through the provision of pre-requisites supportive of quality education as spelt out under the Poverty Reduction Strategy (PRS) of the current leadership of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.
Oh! Do you mean that in spite the near-unemployment of this columnist for nearly 18 years, he continues to support governmental programs is instantly brought to the minds of readers? In response, let me say that I have always been in the private sector since February 1974, with the opportunity to serve in government only in 1996 after two years of services to the Press Union of Liberia (PUL) as President, simply to help infuse democratic ideals into a quasi-military system that had operated under the aegis of the Council of State as a quota, not Kota, symbolic of my great grandfather’s name, Sumo Kota of the teacher-training town of Fissibu, Zorzor District in Lofa County.
Not prepared to begin tracing the actuality of events since diverting from agricultural production until now, maturity is required without which one could be dancing with the devil; and these could be the little things that would matter later.