|Public Works Minister
Samuel Kofi Woods
Public Works Minister Samuel Kofi Woods has cautiously warned that Liberia risks chaos again if nothing is done to bring politicians together.Liberia experienced over decade of armed conflict which was occasioned by the destruction of properties and human lives. Speaking to journalists recently in Monrovia when he cast his ballot in the just ended National Referendum, Minister Woods observed that he foresees a creeping violence and further warned that something must be done to bring the situation to rest before it escalates to the letter. Against this backdrop, Minister Woods called on the religious community in the country to play a leading role in uniting politicians in the country so that Liberia gets a brighter and peaceful future.
Said Minister Woods: “I will write the religious community through the Catholic Bishop Conference of Liberia to cite our politicians to regular meetings where they will discuss issues that are relevance to the sustenance of peace and stability in Liberia.”
He continued: “I believe it is an important venture for the religious community to cite these politicians, more especially presidential aspirants or chairmen of political parties to a regular bi-monthly meeting where the future of this country will be discussed.”
At the same time, the former Labor Minister has called on his fellow compatriots to see the elections’ processes as an opportunity of making new changes that they want to see instead of inciting violence that will do nothing, but undermine the developmental growth of the country.
According to him, there has been time that people did not have the opportunity to express themselves freely, and so the current atmosphere being created must be used wisely by Liberians to move the country forward.
He pointed out that Liberia has a good prospect, but noted that the dream cannot be realized except Liberians conduct themselves in a more orderly manner.
“What I do see is that Liberians are missing track. This political environmental that has been created is not meant to create chaos, it is an opportunity to turn a new page, to move forward,” he stated.
“The best opportunity that any nation can ever have is what we now have today, the opportunity to exercise your democratic franchise. The condition has been provided where your voice lasts in vote cast,” he among other things added.
Emmanuel Weedee With Support From Heritage/IREX/USAID Partnership