President George Weah: “We’ve also taken a number of steps to improve the education sector.”President George Weah has hailed the United Nations (UN) for its sacrifices and efforts in maintaining world peace, security and the rule of law, an Executive Mansion release said.According to the release, the President also paid tribute to men and women of that world body as well as the donor community for their countless contributions in lifting the ideals for which the organization was founded 73 years ago.“Liberia has been a direct beneficiary of the United Nations’ interventions and assistance, and it is now on its way to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals,” President Weah said in a release.He made the statement on Wednesday, October 24, when he joined the UN family in Monrovia in commemorating the 73rd Anniversary of its founding.President Weah, who was United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Goodwill Ambassador in-service to humanity, recalled that the UN was established in 1945 to maintain world peace and security as well as improve relations among nations for the good of mankind.He used the occasion to reflect on his speech at the recently held UN General Assembly where he outlined Liberia’s efforts towards maintaining peace, security and development after long years of conflict.Weah told his audience that maintaining national stability in Liberia is more important and this can be achieved through dialogue among Liberians, since peace is still fragile.“Peace-building takes time, and we all know it is a process and not an event,” he said, adding: “Liberians are still bearing the scars of a civil war.”He promised to initiate a national peace dialogue as the best framework for sustainable peace and national development.“We therefore intend to initiate a series of national peace dialogues to achieve our goals through frank conversations at local levels, and to sensitize our youth so that they don’t repeat the mistakes of the past,” he said. “Liberia’s development and prosperity depends on sustainable peace, because peace without prosperity is like an unfinished agenda,” the President said.He called on Liberians, the UN, and the donor community to support the Pro-Poor Agenda that is designed to address Liberia’s development goals, which are aimed at lifting Liberians out of poverty.This year’s United Nations founding anniversary celebration is dedicated to bidding farewell to one of Africa’s greatest sons, former UN Secretary General, Kofi Annan, who successfully devoted his life to peace making and conflict resolution.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
NEW DELHI: Representatives of several Muslim organisations on Monday supported the Dalit community’s demand for reconstructing a Ravidas temple in Tuglakabad forest area and said they would organise a joint protest in the national capital on September 15. The Delhi Development Authority (DDA) had demolished the temple on August 10 on the orders of the Supreme Court.On August 21, a massive protest in the national capital on the issue turned violent, following which Dalit group Bhim Army chief Chandrashekhar Azad and 95 others were arrested on the charge of rioting. At a press conference here, Mulana Fazlul Manan Shahi, the Imam of Teele Wali Masjid in Lucknow, said, “We feel the pain caused by the temple’s demolition as we have gone through a similar experience. We share the grief of our Dalit brothers. We will be there to rebuild the temple.” Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderMufti Aeyaaz Arshad Qasmi, a member of the All India Muslim Personal Law Board, said, “If the government does not rebuild the temple, we will hit the streets on September 15. We will do all that we can. We will take legal recourse too.” Syyed Bahadur Abbas Naqvi, the general secretary of Anjuman-e-Haideri, alleged that the “government misled the apex court by furnishing fake documents about acquisition of the land where the temple stood.” “According to law, land belonging to any religious structure cannot be acquired. The government acquired the land in question in 1986. There is enough evidence to prove that the temple existed before 1986,” he claimed. “Muslims and Dalits communities stand together on the issue. We demand the temple be built at its original place and Azad and his supporters, who have been arrested on false charges, be released immediately,” Naqvi said, adding on September 15, the Muslim community will take put a peaceful march to the site in Tughlakabad where the temple stood.