By R Joyclyn Wea
A memorandum of understanding (MOU) has been entered into between the Liberia Council of Churches (LCC) and the Liberia Refugee Repatriation and Reintegration Commission (LRRRC) to address concerns of Liberian migrants and Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Liberia.
The LCC and LRRRC agreed as per signature to the document to work on issues as the nation moves from the transition stage and onward.
Signing the MOU, LRRRC Executive Director Festus Logan said as the nation transitions, it takes collaborative efforts to make something works; therefore, the church needs to get involve with the process.
He explained that the LRRRC giving its history of social issues and responsibility decided to come together with the LCC and play such road.
Director Logan further stated that the first institution that should help in stabilizing migrants or internally displaced persons is the church.
Receiving the document on behalf of the LCC, the Secretary General of LACC, Rev. Christopher Toe said the MOU is an opportunity to be able to address the many challenges the country is faced with.
He indicated that the MOU is to also address the condition surrounding not only National Displaced Persons (NDPs), but programs associated with relations of Migration, Repatriation, Resettlement, and Reintegration
“When we heard of this government agenda, which makes reference to pro poor, it takes our minds back to Luke chapter 7 which quoted Isaiah when he said the spirit of the lord is upon me and has commissioned me to preach the gospel to his people,” he said.
Toe emphasized that the church is a component that addresses the whole issue of poverty and how the lives of people can be changed.
“We saw it fit to work in line with government and create the agency that has to do with LRRRC which is the first line of partner key to our work that addresses pro poor agenda,” the LCC prelate added.
As the document is being signed, Rev. Toe hopes the two institutions would work together to bring about transformation because that is the greatest miracle that would take place in Liberia for lives of people to be change and to be meaningful citizen in country.
Meanwhile, LRRRC Executive Director, Festus Logan disclosed that they would be launching a report to tell the public about the status of internally displaced persons (zogos) in Liberia.
According to him, many of those zogos are very sick and sooner people would get to know the kinds of illnesses zogos are faced with.
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