By: G Bennie Bravo Johnson
Montserrado County District #7 Representative Solomon George has stressed that if Liberia must maintain the peace and stability in the near future, the national government must provide budgetary support to the Liberia National Children’s Parliament as they are the future replacement of the now working class and leadership.
Additionally, in regard to children development, he called on stakeholders to be more conscientious in supporting their kids in order to attain a better future.
Speaking Friday, September 30, during the national Children’s Day celebration, held under the theme “Supporting the future for a better Liberia” at the MV Massaquoi school in the township of West Point, the lawmaker asserted that “Only dogs don’t support their children “because they care nothing about their future.
The lawmaker noted that no country survives on one generation, adding that the generation will pass leaving the country vulnerable without a future. “If anyone wants to live a better live in their old age, that person must build a future for tomorrow. And that future is giving support to your children now while you are strong and active, because they are your strength when you are wearing out tomorrow”, he emphasized further.
He further called on the national government, CSOs, and humanitarians to help Liberia by securing a better future for the already ‘crashing’ future generation by supporting the Children’s Parliament and take children off the streets to ensure they have a greater impact in the society in the nearer future.
Meanwhile, representative George urged children not to be carried away by peer pressure if they are to be of great significance to the future of Liberia
The lawmaker warned the school kids to take seriously their lesson and build an ambition that will impact the society to a greater extent than what it is portraying to be.
“Stop smoking and drinking liquor. Focus on the future and what you want to become tomorrow. Taking in drugs, smoking and drinking liquor will not help you achieve any good future but rather make you useless to the society and make you more an embarrassment to family and friends tomorrow.” Rep. George cautioned.
For his part, Phil Tarpeh Dixon appreciated the children’s Parliament for the level of work done to ensure that every Liberian child be protected and given the opportunity to develop the God’s given potential.
He joined Representative Solomon George to call for budgetary allotment for the Children’s Parliament, saying that by supporting the children, one is building a foundation of a solid future of a nation.
Mr. Dixon noted that the Children’s Parliament came out of a movement that had a desire to protect Liberian students’ dignity and future when then Liberian president Julie Bryant closed down early learning school because the children used to disturb his morning sleep.
He noted that the movement stood tall against Interim President Bryant decision by engaging the Ministry of Education to have the early learning school reopen and relocated.
The former Deputy Minister for manpower development at the Ministry of Labor, stated that in 2001, the Liberian children attended the UNICEF conference at the UN Headquarters to attend a special session on children and to make the case of Liberian and Africa children.
Continuing, he concluded by urging the Parliament to be more proactive in engaging the government to ensure that every child is given the opportunity to have a better future.
Meanwhile, the speaker of the Liberia National Children’s Parliament Joel UK Gray called on the government through the national Legislature to establish September 30, every year as a children holiday, to celebrate every child who is faced with the challenges of achieving a better future.
Speaker Gray further called on national government to provide more fundings for the Ministry of Justice and the Liberia National Police to enable them fight more crimes against women and children.
He said by empowering the LNP through the Ministry of Justice the government will be able to tackle rape and sexual abuse against women and children.
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