‘Uphold Social Justice’ – YARD-Liberia Urges Gov’t By: Julius Konton

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The Project Director of the Youth Alliance for Rural Development Dennis Kromah said YARD- Liberia stands together with organizations and individuals around the globe to highlight the importance of social justice in building a strong and inclusive society. Speaking at programs marking world day for social justice, Mr. Kromah used the ocassion to call on the government of Liberia, under the leadership of President Joseph Nyumah Boakai, to prioritize and uphold social justice as a crucial aspect of Liberia’s democratic progress. He stated that Social justice is a fundamental principle that ensures the fair distribution of wealth, opportunities, and privileges within a society stressing that it also serves as the cornerstone of a robust democracy, promoting equal rights, equal access to resources, and the protection of every citizen’s dignity.  According to him, by upholding social justice, one can create a society in which everyone has a chance to thrive, regardless of their social background, ethnicity, gender, or economic status. The Youth advocate indiacted further that the preservation of social justice also requires the government’s unwavering commitment to the key  essential pillars namely: Equal Access to Education which he added is the key to unlocking opportunities and empowering individuals to contribute effectively to society.  Government he noted must strive to provide quality education to all Liberian citizens, bridging the gap between urban and rural areas, promoting gender equality, and focusing on skills development to enhance employability. Poverty Alleviation, the YARD-Liberia boss said  remains a pressing issue in Liberia, hindering the realization of social justice.

” The government must implement comprehensive strategies to combat poverty, including equitable distribution of resources, sustainable economic growth, and targeted social welfare programs that prioritize the marginalized and vulnerable groups”, he added. Naming Gender Equality, he pointed out that Gender discrimination perpetuates social inequities and undermines social justice, noting that  the government needs to strengthen legal frameworks that will protect women’s rights, promote women’s empowerment, and eliminate gender-based violence also  ensuring equal opportunities and representation for women in all sectors of society which he said is vital for achieving social justice. As for Access to Healthcare, Universal Access to Quality Healthcare he indicated that is a fundamental right that contributes to social justice.  “The government should prioritize the development of a robust healthcare system, including improved infrastructure, affordable healthcare services, and enhanced access to essential medicines across the nation,” he outlined. At the same time, the Promotion of Human Rights official,  Dennise, stressed    human rights  being crucial aspect of social justice as such, the government must ensure the rule of law, and safeguard freedom of speech, and assembly. “We call on the government of Liberia, under the leadership of President Joseph Nyumah Boakai, to prioritize social justice in all policy decisions and actions and by  upholding social justice, the government can help to address the root causes of inequality and discrimination and promote a more just and equitable society for all Liberians” ,he added. Additionally, he encouraged the Boakai’s administration to take concrete steps to promote equality, eliminate poverty and discrimination, and ensure that all individuals have access to basic human rights something he said can strengthen Liberia’s democracy and build a more prosperous future for all Liberians. According to him, YARD-Liberia remains committed to working towards a more just and inclusive Liberia, as such call on all stakeholders to join efforts to promote social justice and equality for all.  “Together, we can create a more fair and equitable society for generations to come”, he said. Representative Yekeh Kolubah has written the Plenary of the House to invite the Minister of Finance and Minister of State for Presidential Affairs to appear at the House of Representatives to give details about the President and Vice President of Liberia recent trips abroad. In his letter, Representative Kolubah said he believed such trips by the President and Vice President require the government’s sponsorship. And if it is not the government sponsored trips, they (Representatives) need to know as the people deputies Here is the full letter of Rep. Yekeh Kolubah below: February 20, 2024 Hon. Cllr. J. Fonati Koffa Speaker House of Representatives Monrovia, Liberia Dear Hon. Speaker and distinguished colleagues: I present you compliments and wish to draw your attention to some important matter that warrant our action. Over the period, Mr. Speaker and Distinguished Colleagues, we have cried on the issues of corruption (Accountability and Transpareney) which are amongst issues that led to the failure of the Weah-led Government, especially for the failure ofits re-election. When sample of those things start to come out, it is our responsibility to set check-points so that they cannot go out of hand before trying to arrest the situation. Meanwhile, the President of Liberia wrote this body informing us about his two-working days visit to Ghana; and the Vice President also went to Nigeria and Casablanca which are also working visits. We believe such trips require the government’s sponsorship. And if it is not the government sponsored trips, we need to know as the people deputies. Besides, it became a concern when it was stated that the Vice President travel on a private jet plane. Considering that we don’t want to do business as usual, we crave the indulgence of this August Body to invite the Minister of Finance and Minister of State for Presidential Affairs to appear before the plenary of the House to provide detailed information as stated below: 1. The Travel cost of the various travels by the President and Vice President as stated above; 2. The owner of the private plane used by Vice President Jeremiah K. Koung since it is been speculated that the owner of the plane is the Vice President’s friend. 3. Details about the expenditures of the respective trips. With sentiments of my highest esteem, I remain.

 

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