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LIBERIA RESTORATION PARTY

" Providing leadership to restore Liberia"

3.Law and order:

We are a peaceful, law-abiding people and country and we will want very much to remain that way. Although we are just walking out of our recent violent past, we can and should unlearn the logic of violence as a people and in its place, take up the logic and peace, goodwill and prosperity. Our laws and their enforcers will make it their business to cause Liberians to live by the laws, whether they are civil, labor, criminal or whatever. A law-abiding and orderly people are on their way to progress and prosperity. We will not undermine law and order.

Government spending:

Traditionally, government has been a big spender and most government spending is on items it probably does not need to spend on. For example, paying government workers handsome salaries and attractive incentives is not bad. But in a country where many ordinary people cannot eat a decent meal daily, it is morally wrong for government to spend so much money on personnel costs. Does government need to buy vehicles at $US 35, 000.00 or more for Ministers, Directors and other senior level personnel? Does it need to give one such person up to 100 gallons of fuel or gasoline per month in addition to regular salary and other incentives? We think no. When we work hard to move our people from their poverty state and become middle-level income earners, then, such practices make sense. Government also spends large sums on foreign travels especially when we do not have a national carrier. We need to take steps to spend prudently here

Legal tender:
The country has used two currencies for a long time, the Liberian and United States dollars, respectively. We have to decide on over the other. If we decide to use the United States dollar, then, we must put stringent fiscal controls in place to check and guide against the current huge and unchecked capital flight affecting the country. Large amounts of $US dollars fly over the counter daily that do not have to go through any bank because doing so benefits most of those in power. The other alternative is to rely on the Liberia dollar exclusively for all financial transactions in the country and have the banks and other financial institutions convert currencies.

Mass Media:

 

The media is a significant policy vehicle for private and public use. We will continue to regard the media as a significant actor for the Liberian people. Government will enhance and expand media operations and require media personnel and the Press Union of Liberia (PUL) to step up the media platform for excellence. Social media platforms are now playing significantly in the media world and the Party will not neglect them nor will it simply tag them along. 

 

Vehicles to drive our Restoration:

National Security

The people’s security has to be paramount in driving their development because if they are insecure they cannot participate in their own development meaningfully. Restoring national security will occur along these fronts:

1. Securing national sovereignty, dignity and integrity: Being a sovereign nation, the country’s territorial boundaries will need to be secured. Instead of relying solely on government to ensure this, the party will make efforts to involve citizens’ goodwill in securing their security from external threats. Within, the party will also seek to ensure security of the people and their properties, also soliciting citizens’ goodwill as much.

The Armed Forces—military and paramilitary, will work to achieve efficiency, productivity and excellence in their operations and overall purpose. Government will seek to expose Armed Forces personnel to opportunities currently not available to them. The number and divisions in the Armed Forces will be determined by necessity.

2. Securing food security:

The Liberian people must stop talking about food and produce food they need. Government spends too much on importing staples and other food items that the nation could produce for itself. Unless we are self-sufficient in food production, we will always remain poor and needy. Government will strive to invest significantly in food production at various levels (staples, legumes, vegetables, fruits, tubers and others) and seek means to preserve what it cannot use immediately for future use. Food preparation and preservation will create employment in the agro-economy, raise our standards of living and give us dignity. The people will be happy, healthy and wealthy when they can eat well and regularly. Food security will ensure that no Liberian child or family goes to bed hungry, unless they choose to do so.

3. Health security:

“Health,” they say, “is wealth.” Our country, though small, is sick physically, mentally and spiritually. We need to restore and transform the health infrastructure significantly so that it is able to cater to the various health challenges the country faces. More people will need to be trained in various health and health related services and the health infrastructure needs to be restored so there is sanity there. The party wishes to create an environment that encourages Liberians of means to support the national health system by preferring to attend the nation’s health facilities when they need to rather than traveling abroad and overseas to seek medical attention they could get at home. Government will make efforts to make home-based health systems, services and infrastructure more preferable. This will require input from everyone. The growing numbers of mentally sick people in our country has to be reversed by not only training personnel to deal with the situation, but also by creating an environment that promotes sanity in mental health by striving to reduce those adverse situations that cause trauma which leads to the mental problems. Spiritually, government and the people will strive towards healthy spiritual agendas that will transform the people’s spiritual understanding and relationships so that the nation leans more toward God and His providence. Legal security will mean that people can get justice speedily. Justice is righteousness and delaying it is denying it. This is a huge challenge to our national and personal security. Liberian people should be able to feel secure when dealing with legal matters.
Safe drinking water security is one area that mocks at us. Why should a well-rained Liberia continue to suffer because it lacks safe drinking water? Why should it even import mineral water as if it is a desert or semi-desert country? Academicians and practitioners will need to find ways to harness all the water we have to create safe drinking water facilities for the people. Each year, many Liberians get sick and many others die from waterborne illnesses. This has to
 stop and safe drinking water made accessible to the Liberian people.


Education:

Educating the Liberian people will be everyone’s business. It will begin at home where it should and parents will be involved with their children and dependents’ education.

Education is not a luxury but a right for every Liberian and it is government’s responsibility to educate its citizens. These general policies shall drive national education priorities.

1. Education for all: Education is a right for all Liberians. It is for the young and old alike, the fast and slow, the poor and rich, the strong and weak, the sick and well—all. The Government of Liberia is responsible to educate all its citizens.

2. Shared responsibility: The public and private sectors will share the education burden so they can enjoy its blessings together. Families, institutions, communities and the nation will share in their education. All will find their place at the table.

3. Community-based:
We will strive to encourage communitybased
education. That
is, students do not have to travel very far from home to attend “good” schools. Communities will develop competitive education institutions and programs that drive national priorities but also suits particular community needs.

4. Solution-driven:

Education will be solution-driven. We have many problems and teaching students to solve none of them only adds to the problems. Education should focus on problem-solving and meeting targeted needs—from personal to corporate.

5. Resultsoriented:
Our education must not only solve problems, it must yield desired outcomes or results. These results should be expected and prompted. Nation building is more than issuing diplomas to people. It is about focusing first on what kinds of tasks to accomplish, where and when. It should target specific skills and competences to acquire, tasks to perform and move to make that happen.

6. Learner-focused: Our education will focus more on the learner and her / his needs.

7. Contextual-based: Education has for a long time not focused on the Liberian context.

8. Equal-access: Access to education remains a major obstacle for most Liberians. Previous governments have taken steps to remedy this problem but we still need to do more. We hope that everywhere in Liberia where people need to have education, it will be available to them, whether formally or informally.

9. Diversified education: Diversified education will be the way to go. Currently, too many students are learning the same things the same way and there is little diversification. People should be educated in the arts, humanities, sciences and so forth at different levels. We will make efforts under this arrangement to raise education standards so that Liberians can receive the highest possible educational standard right at home unless they choose to go abroad. We should be producing scientists, engineers, artisans, craftspeople, business people and professionals in various disciplines.

10.Developmentoriented:


Education in Liberia should aim at developing the learner, community and nation. It should be development-focused so that it happens together with development.

11.Career development and counselling:

Many children in Liberia go through our school system without career development and counselling thereby putting them in a confused state when it comes to choosing a lifetime career. Every student from first to twelfth grade will be exposed to guidance counseling and career development. Every school in our system will have a guidance and counseling department to ensure that our students get the best preparation necessary for future career.

Economy:

The economy is the lifeblood of the nation. When it prospers the people are happy, live longer and get involved in development practices. But making the economy work properly requires careful planning and executing.

We envisage an economy that prioritizes:
1. Job creation: The people need jobs that gainfully employ their knowledge and skills, whether in the public or private sector. Government hopes to create environment that fosters creating more jobs. Liberia’s population is approximately 4, 000, 000. But the working class is much smaller and unemployment is high. We will need to create certain amounts of jobs in various sectors of the economy.

Agriculture will account for at least 40% of all jobs. Commerce and Industry will provide about 30% of the country’s jobs. Government will account for about 15% of jobs in the country. Services will provide about 15% of the jobs.

2. Liberian-led:
 

Government’s hope is for Liberia’s economy to hang heavily on Liberians. They will drive their economy and only let others serve with them. That means there will be more Liberian businesses. We will ensure that certain businesses done in Liberia are headed by Liberians. This means that some of our foreign partners must have a Liberian as head of that business in order to operate in Liberia. It is about time that we not only teach our people how to fish, but also teach them how to own the “fishing pond.” We will teach Liberians how to lead and help them lead. Qualified Liberian companies will be given priority when it comes to all Government contracts that are sponsored by the Liberian Government.
 

3. Export-oriented:
We will strive to develop an economy that cuts heavily back on imported goods and services for one that manufactures and exports. This will take some time but it is not impossible if Liberians set themselves to it.

 

4. Tax-based:
We can hardly make good economic progress where we fail to give back to the system through taxes. Liberians will learn to pay taxes on their property, earnings and profits. Duty-free privilege status will be the exception rather than the norm. Yet, taxes will be moderate. With the right system in place, every working Liberian will file an income tax-return at the end of each fiscal year and receives financial benefit after necessary deductions are calculated and processed