Lack of Accountability in Gov’t Worries UN

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first_imgUN Security CouncilThe President of the United Nations (UN) Security Council has said that lack of transparency and accountability on the part of the Liberian government is a worrying trend that needs urgent attention because it makes the citizenry to have no confidence in the governing establishment.As a result, the Security Council has urged the Unity Party led government to accelerate its accountability and transparency efforts to bolster public confidence as the October 10 elections approaches as well as the subsequent transfer of power, the UN SC said in a statement yesterday.The Ellen Johnson Sirleaf led administration has been marred with series of corruption incidents and several anti-graft reports that have yet to be properly investigated and perpetrators brought to book.The latest of these entrenched corruption activities is the Public Sector Development Initiative (PSDI) loan scheme, which was “reportedly” set aside by government for struggling Liberian businesses. Unfortunately, however, the funds were divided amongst top government officials and family members and cronies, thereby leaving out those the scheme was actually meant to benefit. Investigation launched into how the funds were mismanaged has yielded no fruit as the case is seems to be forgotten already.The President admitted in her last Annual Address to the Joint Session of Legislature that her government has failed in the war against corruption because Liberians are dishonest, not only in government, but in their homes, as well as places of learning and of worship.The global body (UN) and its sub-organizations have continuously stressed that transparency and accountability are requisite tools for the attainment of peace and the advancement of development and improvement of lives in any country. China, which is a permanent member, currently holds the presidency of the Security Council.The Security Council, therefore, emphasizes the need for continued international attention to and involvement in Liberia and urges the government, UNMIL, and the United Nations Country Team (UNCT) to continue to coordinate closely in the transfer of responsibilities, taking into account UNMIL’s drawdown and closure at the expiration of the final period of its mandate on March 30, 2018, as set out in Resolution 2333 (2016).The Security Council will continue to engage with the international community and donors, including in support of the commitments made in the Liberia Peace-building Plan, to address capacity gaps identified in the UNCT’s mapping exercise needed to assure continuity of relevant peace-building programs and assist Liberia’s continued efforts to achieve sustainable peace.“The Security Council emphasizes, in this context, the importance of the convening role of the Peace-building Commission,” the statement said.The Security Council commends the overall progress towards restoring peace, security and stability in Liberia, the commitment of the people and Government of Liberia to peace and to developing democratic processes and institutions, and the contributions of the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) since its establishment in 2003, and welcomes the Liberia Peace-building Plan, entitled ‘Sustaining Peace and Securing Development’ (S/2017/282), submitted by the Secretary-General to the Council, pursuant to Security Council Resolution 2333 (2016) after development through close consultation between the UN and the Government of Liberia.The global security body said it has taken note of the peace-building plan and actions to be undertaken during phase I of the plan from April 2017 – March 2018 in support of the Government of Liberia’s commitment to develop, before UNMIL’ s departure, durable national capacities critical to sustain peace, and, in this regard, encourages all stakeholders to enhance efforts to fulfill their commitments and provide their support for successful implementation and emphasizes the need for expanded efforts by the Liberian authorities to address the root causes of conflict, reinvigorate reconciliation processes, promote land reform, advance constitutional and institutional reforms, especially in the justice and security sectors, and promote women’s active participation in Peace-building, extend state authority and social services throughout the country, and build trust between Liberian citizens and the government institutions.The Security Council notes the importance of credible presidential and legislative elections in Liberia in October 2017 and calls upon all stakeholders to ensure that the elections in October will be free, fair, credible, and transparent, including through the full participation of women, and that any dispute will be resolved peacefully through established mechanisms in accordance with the law.The Security Council also welcomed the signing of the ‘Farmington River Declaration’ on June 4, at the ECOWAS Summit, where political parties committed themselves to violence-free elections in October and a peaceful transition to a new government.The council also called on the Liberian government to ensure that adequate resources are committed and expeditiously distributed for the National Elections Commission,.The group also commended the successful completion of the transfer of security responsibility to Liberia’s security services on 30 June 2016 and encourages the efforts underway by the Government of Liberia to put in place an elections security plan aimed at responding effectively and appropriately to any incident of public disorder and calls on the government to provide adequate resources to implement the plan.The Security Council welcomes the support of bilateral and multilateral partners, including the UN, African Union, ECOWAS and the Mano River Union, and encourages them to continue to play a significant role in support of building and sustaining peace in Liberia.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Peaches and lemons

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first_imgDriving at the legal speed would drastically drop prices. – Fred Coble North Hills Brilliant idea? Re “Planned MTA hikes could strand some” (April 3): Good thinking, MTA: another public-transit hike targeting the working poor, students, senior citizens, residents and those environmentally-politically conscious commuters who are considering taking public transit as an alternative to driving their cars. If Los Angeles County’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority and our elected officials invested in a free public-transit system in the region’s major tourist destinations – Hollywood, Universal City, downtown Los Angeles and Santa Monica – they might actually achieve their stated goal to increase ridership and get more automobiles off the road, which just might result in less money needed to repair, repave, elevate or tunnel under our already distressed streets-highways infrastructure. – Laurie Golden Woodland Hills The bottom line Re “Paid too much” (March 29): The business owners have to look out for the bottom line. You can’t fault them for that. I believe they should also trim costs at the upper-management level. Remember that the salespeople make commissions as well. If you ever need sales help in a store, just pick up a high-price item and you have help in no time. The other side of the coin is that you have the return factor. The sales representative makes high-dollar pay and sells the highest-price item; then the customer returns it because, in most cases, the sales rep lied about the function of the item just to get the sale. The store loses big-time because now the item is sold at a loss. – Mike Hoblinski Burbank Nuñez doesn’t get it Re “Cardinal against `culture of death”‘ (April 3): In reading Fabian Nuñez’s response to Cardinal Roger Mahony’s homily regarding the proposed bill on physician-assisted suicide, I’m disappointed that Fabian never “got it.” Christ’s teachings are not democratic; nor are they a menu from which to choose. In Luke 18:18-22, we read Jesus’ response to a question posed to him by a rich official. While the answers are not always what we want to hear, his message remains the same: “Come follow me.” – Max S. Duran Acton Distribution of funds Re “A donor state” (Your Opinions, April 4): Mayor Villaraigosa and his political friends almost had me convinced that taking from those who have and giving it to those who may have less was a good thing. Now they are confusing me by complaining that the federal government is not giving California its “fair share” of federal funds by giving more to states that have less. Is taking from those who have and giving to those who have less a good thing? – Bill Zelenka Granada Hills Reyes responds Re “Kiss 200 good jobs goodbye” (April 1): The article that implies that my support of a park plan at Taylor Yard over a manufacturing plant in my district will lead to the loss of 200 jobs is simple-minded and shortsighted. The article fails to mention that the park plan is part of a systemwide Los Angeles River Revitalization Master Plan that the City Council and mayor are poised to adopt in the coming weeks. That plan, which includes job creation among its goals, was forged by thousands of residents through countless public workshops. I am astounded by the quote in the article that “There’s a lot of places you can put a park.” Perhaps in their neck of the woods that’s true, but in my park-poor district, those opportunities are few and far between. I will not sell out that opportunity for the sake of 200 temporary jobs with no guarantee that any of them will go to the local neighborhood. Manufacturing jobs are important, but so are the people who will fill them. A site solution to this specific plant can be found, I assure you. – Ed P. Reyes Councilman First District Marching orders The Daily News has painted an incomplete portrait of the school board race between incumbent Jon Lauritzen and Tamar Galatzan in the dramatic “Lauritzen’s betrayal” editorial (April 3). While you write about “political hacks who take their marching orders from the special interests that fund them,” you don’t say who’s funding Galatzan. She is a puppet of downtown business interests: a lawyer married to Brendan Huffman, the business-interest activist crusading against the “living-wage” ordinance. Do you really want lobbyist Harvey Englander in charge of your children’s education? – Marshall Abernathy Woodland Hills Olympic committee In reference to the April 2 Daily News Opinion piece titled “Playing Games: Getting the Olympics to L.A. is not the public’s priority,” I’m happy to clarify the funding issue. Just as in 1984, we seek no public money and expect to need no public money. We do need a bid that is second to none in the competition. To be eligible to be selected to host the Olympic and Paralympic Games, the International Olympic Committee now requires guarantees of the sort our government officials have so enthusiastically endorsed. We thank them and our fellow citizens. – Barry Sanders Chairman Southern California Committee for the Olympic Games Mail-in voting Re “City ponders vote by mail ballots” (Tipoff, April 2): It is high time that the city starts thinking outside of the voting box. I can’t think of a more important service to provide to voters than using every conceivable means to make it convenient and accessible in order to encourage a strong turnout at every election day. The proposed mail-in system makes sense, as do weekend-voting days. And, since a mail-in system saves money, maybe we could vote on where the “surplus” will be spent – i.e., to repair city streets and sidewalks. – Ellen Vukovich Sherman Oaks Misperceptions Re “Without oversight” by Jennifer Rabuchin (Your Opinions, April 3): The president does serve the people, which he is trying to do in Iraq, if only the immoral Democrats would quit playing politics and give the troops the money they need. If they want to defund the war, then do it, but don’t put the troops at risk to make political points. Also, the Democrats are no strangers to deficits, having run them from the 1950s to the 1990s, and they are looking to run more deficits in the current Congress. I don’t know why Jennifer is unhappy with the unemployment numbers (about 4.5 percent) since they are better than anything the Democrats could do in the last 40 years. – Dana Franck Glendale160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Re “Tie him to a chair” (Your Opinions, April 3): Professional golfer Chi Chi Rodriguez said, “I read the greens in Spanish, but putt in English.” Your Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa reminds me of Chi Chi. For Ken Thatcher Sr. to compare Antonio to former boring Mayor “Sad” Sam Yorty is tantamount to comparing a Georgia peach to a Barstow lemon. – Bob Ginn Arcadia Ask yourself I am not saying Democrats have slipped, but when you remember that President Harry Truman said “Give them hell” and, now Sen. Harry Reid says “Give it up,” you can ask yourself who is looking out for you. – Joseph Nicassio Valencia Price at the pump last_img