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"Gov't Not Living To Expectation".... Dillon Speaks Out

6. January 2014 23:27 by abdillon in

“Gov’t not Living up to Expectations” - Liberty Party Barks at Lazy Approach to Fight Corruption



AB Darius Dillon Speaks at CCL Forum



MONROVIA/USA: The opposition Liberty Party (LP) through its Senior Policy Advisor, Abraham Darius Dillon, has growled at the Liberian Government, headed by longtime politician, Madam Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, for doing little to fight corruption- a menace that was declared public enemy number one in 2006.

The LP newly appointed Senior Policy Advisor who is currently studying  at Strayer University in the United States, said “Liberty Party believes that the Government is not living up to expectations; especially in the fight against corruption, but it does not support its early removal-we believe in the democratic process; as such, does not subscribe to calls for President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf’s resignation.

The LP strongman’s comments were contained in a speech he delivered at the Coalition for Concerned Liberians Forum held in the State Of Maryland, USA on Sunday, September 8, 2013, under the theme: “Corruption – A Fault Of Government, Or A Product Of  The Society” In Celebration Of Ten Years Of Peace & Stability In Liberia.

According to Mr. Dillon, LP sturdily believes that corruption is the act of impairing integrity, virtue, or moral principle, noting that “it is no telling that there has been a disappointing reversal of morals and integrity in our country.”

The LP Senior Policy Advisor maintained that the government has failed to adequately address employment, but it is doing well on the infrastructure front.

He stressed that his political institution believes that if opportunities that seek to empower our people and give them a sense of economic security are provided for all Liberians regardless of political, religious, tribal or social beliefs or connections, people will begin to serve with integrity and even wish to retire at a certain or prescribed age as is the case in other parts of the world.

In this light, Liberty Party wishes to prevail upon our Legislature to consider passing people-driven legislations that would provide State-funded Financial Aid and Loans to Students, reasonable Retirement Benefits for our senior citizens and those who had been in public service over a protracted period.

He added that “corruption has permeated every fabric of the society to the extent that our minds, attitudes and the way we do things are entangled in this menace.”

“There is corruption in the homes, communities, churches, and schools, etc. There is corruption in our attitudes to the extent that we Liberians, especially the younger generation, have developed a high sense of hatred, envy and jealousy that make people go to length and breadth to destroy one another,” he said.

Mr. Dillon also stressed that corruption poses a serious development challenge and it undermines good governance.
He continued: “this societal vice is shamelessly in our Legislature to the extent that it impedes accountability and representation in policymaking. Corruption in the Judiciary derails respect for the rule of law. Yet still, corruption in public administration results in the unequal provision of services and does erode the institutional capacity of government as procedures are disregarded, resources are siphoned, while some of those accused or suspected to be engaged in this unacceptable act most times go with impunity, or are re-hired or promoted without regard to integrity or credibility.”

The soft spoken LP Senior Policy Advisor maintained that dishonesty generates economic distortions in the public sector by diverting public investment away from health and education, and into infrastructural projects where bribes and kickbacks are plentiful. He also noted that corrupt officials are found in the habit of increasing the technical complexity of public sector projects to conceal corrupt dealings; thus further distorting investments and also lowering compliance with construction, environmental, or other regulations; reducing the quality of government services and infrastructure; and increasing budgetary pressures on government.