As the ongoing nationwide month-long Vision 2030 district consultation reaches its peak, Liberians are leaving no stone unturned in discussing the future of their beloved country.
Chiefs and elders of Sanniquellie Mahn District, Nimba County have of late joined the discussions stressing the need for the National Vision 2030 Secretariat, Core Team and sponsors to consider the reintroduction of coins on the Liberian market so as to boost the economy and foster tangible development.
Participating in a two-day district consultation held in Sehkinpa, Sannieuellie District, citizens cheered Paramount Chief Willie Tokpah as he averred, “we want to use our one, two, three, four and five cents 18 year from now.”
Paramount Chief Tokpah added, “I have more than L$47.00 in coins, but my grand children consider it to be stones, thus displacing them all over the community only because the coins are no longer useful.”
Leslie Kehzee, a student leader in Nimba told the discussion that his parents are being cheated at the end of every month owing to the fact that they do not collect the ‘cents and one dollars’ at the very end of their respective monthly salaries.
“So you see, the bankers will not get rich out of situation, especially when the cash is back, our brothers and sisters will buy candy, doughnuts and kala with the 5 and 10 cents they would get from grand daddy and mommy,” Kehzee noted.
Following Liberia’s 14 years of civil unrest and bloody devastation, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf ascended to the nation highest office not only as Africa first female head of state, but with a plan to unite and rebuild all fabrics of the society, thus introducing the Poverty Reduction Strategy (PRS) in 2008.
Prior to the somehow successful achievement and end of the PRS in 2011, the Liberian government through the Ministry of Planning and Economic Affairs (MPEA) and the Governance Commission (GC) in June 2010 introduced a long term development agenda named and styled national Vision 2030.
Both the GC and MPEA led a number of consultations with Civil Society Organizations, youth and pressure groups, student movements, political parties and religious leaders in 2011. The government took a break on the consultations so as to give the 2011 general elections a chance, hence stating the none-political nature of Vision 2030.
On February 9, 2012, President Sirleaf launched and subsequently led five national regional consultations across Liberia, listening to how her people want to see their nation by the next 18 years.
Following the end of the regional consultations on March 11, 2012 in Zwedru, a month long district consultation began on April 2, 2012 at 156 locations across Liberia. Unlike past governments development plans including the PRS, Vision 2030 is being crafted by the citizens themselves; to this end, thousands of Liberians are converging daily and overwhelmingly participating in discussions pertaining to their Country’s future.
At the end of the one month district consultation which is affording citizens a unique opportunity to make an input in the visioning process, it is expected that all of their recommendations would be summarized, processed and submitted before the 53rd National Legislature for enactment.