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|Poverty, Corruption Undermine Progress|
|Published on July 29, 2010||Email To Friend Print Version
The Doyen of the Catholic Church in Liberia Monsignor Father Robert Tikpor who served as National Orator of the 163rd Independence anniversary celebration held in Sanniquellie, Nimba County says several factors are responsible for the slow pace of Liberia's progress and achievements.
The 84 year old catholic prelate said corruption in both private and public sectors, selfishness, greed and lack of patriotism are the root causes of poverty the country is experiencing.
Father Tikpor observed that people are continuing to put personal interest over national interest, adding, this led to serious division during the war years.
Speaking on the theme: “In National Unity We Will Stand”, Father Tikpor, urged all Liberians to work together to surgically cut-off what he calls cancerous tissues from our records.
He believes this can be achieved if we put the welfare of our country over our personal cravings and wants.
The orator also calls for the identification of a national language, and revision of the country's motto to enhance unity.
He observed “the love of liberty brought us here” promotes sectionalism as there were people here when the settlers arrived.
It can be recalled, the 2008 Independence Day orator also called for action on the language and motto but no concrete step has been taken to address them.
President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf had assured that the Governance Commission would review them.