MONROVIA – The President of Liberia, Dr. George Manneh Weah, said Liberians are bound to overcome social and economic advertise facing the country once they are put on the right trajectory.
He therefore called on citizens to remember that the National Ensign, the Lone Star, is a symbol of peace and national unity which must be respected.
“I am convinced that, working together as One People and One Nation under God, we shall overcome every trial and tribulation, put our people and economy on the proper trajectory to prosperity, and place our motherland on an irreversible path of progress and development,” the President said in special remarks delivered at the celebration of the country’s 175th Flag Day Anniversary.
The President said the Lone Star is the visible evidence of our country’s sovereignty and a symbol of pride and dignity within the comity of nations, he said. “Our veritable stamp on the map of the world unifies every Liberian, both at home and in the diaspora, presenting us as One People – regardless of our regions, religious beliefs, political affiliation, or ethnicity”.
Recalled Liberians’ resilient spirit, including nearly a decade and a half of civil conflict, which not only took away the lives of over 250,000 Liberians, but also tore the fabric of the society apart and subverted significant tenets of national culture.
“Today, we are battling the end of the Corona Virus Disease, a global pandemic that has drastically interrupted every facet of our national growth and development,” he said.
In spite of these tragedies, the Liberian leader said, “We have much to celebrate today. Let us celebrate all that God has graciously given to us, and all that we have done ourselves to be where we are as a Nation.”
“Let us celebrate the peace that we now enjoy. Let us celebrate the development that is now starting to reach far and wide across the country.”
He added: “We can be proud of ourselves as a country. Despite all the turbulence and disruption we have endured in our quest for a better standard of life, we can still stand firm as a nation and say we are ready to claim the future and see Liberia rise again. I say, love your flag and country, for this is the way to national peace and unity.”
Speaking to an audience of was largely young people, the President recounted his government’s commitment to educating the youth of the country.
He recalled that his government continues to pay 12th graders WASSCE fees and support tutorial classes and the free tuition policy at all public universities, adding that “these measures are meant to ease the financial burden on parents and motivate our children”.
“We cannot sit and watch you fail the WASSCE and fall behind your regional counterparts. You have to take the responsibility, you and your parents, to take advantage of the opportunity that your Government is offering you,” President said further stressed.
Acknowledging that there are challenges in the determination to provide quality education, better facilities, more qualified teachers, and better instructional materials to improve the education eco-system in Liberia, the President said “working together, we can achieve it. The value of education in your life is something nobody can take from you. If you want to be whatever you want to be, then place emphasis on getting the education that will enable you to achieve your dream”.
He said education is indeed a critical key to preserving our democracy and challenged all Liberians today to use this peace “we all cherish to show that we can make for ourselves a better life and give our children the chance to become the great leaders of tomorrow,” adding, “Let us put aside our differences and come together as a strong united force to develop our country and improve the lives of the Liberian people.”