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LIBERIA RESTORATION PARTY

" Providing leadership to restore Liberia"

Electricity: 

It is difficult to drive meaningful development where there is little or no electric power to drive the development hardware. We need to investigate alternative power sources for the country. For too long we have lived in darkness. For too long we have been inefficient and ineffective because we have no national power grid to supply electric power to the nation. Homes, industries and institutions in all 15 counties need electric power so our productivity can move upward. Government will look into this. 6. Water: Piped water is still a luxury item for the larger Liberian population. Like electricity, the lack of water in homes and institutions stalls development. Too much man-hours are spent on hauling water from wells or hand pumps when it can be directly taken to the house. We should also study how to use the much water we have in the country for our good.

Physical development: 

Development tends to move on rather easily when certain infrastructures are in place in a country. These include improved road networks, electricity, air and seaports, financial nstitutions and housing, among others. For 168 years we have run to other countries, enjoyed what they have there, boast about them and wish for them. Well, they did not achieve those overnight nor did someone drop these in their laps. No, they dreamed them, planned for them, worked at them and the result is what we see. 

The United States got its independence in 1776 and Liberia’s was 1847, 71 years later. But look at how far behind them we are. At 71 years, the US was already a power in the world. We are 168 years old and we do not even have a single all-weathered road that connects the entire country. We are not working to develop the country. Our minds and hearts are more outside than inside. Our physical development begins with us. Community-driven development initiatives have been the practice of most developing countries. That is, communities gather, discuss, plan and act to better themselves. We need this type of community driven spirit in Liberia. Government will ensure that the people do not sit by and depend on government or some other entity to drive development. They will be involved seriously. Physical development happens mostly over land and so land ownership, use policies and practices will play big in any development agenda. Houses in which our people live in villages and towns are deplorable. Government will engage development planning to involve improving the people’s living places. Where and how the people live affect them and as it also produces burdens for government to bear. And so, government will look out for the following:

Public health and sanitation:

Rubbish that threatens public health has become the face of many of our communities. Waste disposal and management policies and practices among us do not seem to be responding to our situation. We will strive to reeducate our people on the value of safe environment and lead them to create humane communities. descent public latrines in busy and commercial areas enhances public health.

 Houses our people sleep in:

We are a communal people but our manner of building houses that compromise comfort and health has to go. Building materials and maintenance matter here. We are busy enriching foreign merchants whose construction materials we buy at high prices when we could be developing durable local alternatives. For example, is it not possible to cut and polish granite that we have here in large quantity to decorate our houses instead of using the Asian “marble” tiles we have? Or, can our people not learn to remodel their “mud” houses so they give them comfort? Can we not experiment with local roofing materials? We have work to do than just spend money buying everything merchants sell to us. Our people can, and should develop their villages and towns in ways that allow them to derive maximum satisfaction from their layout and services. We will attempt to introduce the new Liberian village based on a model.

Where people live:

Some places are unhealthy for people to live. Swamps infested with mosquitoes, rodents and other health hazards affect people’s quality of life. We will encourage Liberians to consider better alternatives to these.