-For Independence Day Orator
Ahead of the nation’s 2018 July 26 Independence Day Celebration, the Monrovia City Corporation (MCC) along with the Ministry of Gender Children and Social Protection, Thursday, 21 June 2018, announced in Monrovia that the two government agencies are leading the vetting process for the selection of this year’s independence day orator.
“Members of the press, fellow citizens, distinguished ladies and gentlemen, we’ve called you here today to inform you that the MCC and the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection are heading the vetting process leading to the selection of the orator of this year’s Independence Day celebration,” Monrovia Lord Mayor, Jefferson Koijee, announced at a well-attended press conference in Monrovia Thursday.
The announcement, he noted, opened a paradigm shift in the process of selecting national orator for Independence Day commemoration, which is usually done singlehandedly by the office of the President.
“Our announcement today signifies that this government is for the people. It breaks the usual tradition of allowing the office of the President to exclusively select the national orator in these sorts of public occasions. It also means we are breaking away from the past in order to enable the people participate and decide who they want to be their orator because, the government belongs to them,” Mayor Koijee expatiated.
Liberia celebrates its 171st Independence on 26 July this year. Each year the day is commemorated as National Independence Day and is observed throughout the country as a national holiday.
Liberia, Africa’s oldest independent country gained its independence on 26 July 1847. Situated on the West coast of Africa, Liberia is bounded on the south by the Atlantic Ocean, on the West by the Republic of Sierra Leone, on the North by the Republic of Guinea, and on the East by La Cote’ d’Ivoire. The country has 16 tribes and its population speaks English as its official language.
However, the Liberian nation was hit terrible civil strife, which left nearly 400,000 people dead as well as displacing more than 500,00 people in West Africa and other parts of the globe. Due to the severe devastation caused by the civil war, the country is still grappling to rekindle its broken pieces, a situation the George Weah CDC-led government has vowed to do with the involvement and participation of the larger majority of the country’s citizenry.
“We want to assure the people of this country that this government is for the people, and the people must have their part play in the governance of the state at all times,” Koijee, who also lauded President Weah for their preferment to head the national orator’s selection process, accentuated. Adding: “We have to graduate from the thinking where one group of people feels that if it is not them, this country must not move forward. Under the CDC led government, headed by the great ‘Massescrat’, His Excellency George Weah, this country will make a change for the better because the Liberian people expect us to deliver to them.”
Earlier in his opening remarks, Mayor Koijee lauded Liberians praying along with him following a tragic accident on the Kakata-Gbarnga highway in which his vehicle was badly damaged.
“I just want to thank the Liberian people for praying for me. From the day of the accident, I have been receiving lots of good text messages from Christians, Muslims, friends, loved ones, amongst others. I appreciate all those text messages and sympathy you expressed on the social media for the situation that God rescued me from. This means that God has a purpose for keeping me on this earth, and I promise that I will keep His promise.”
“We believe that Liberia is a great country with a lot of talents, and now is the time to bring up the young talents,” Mamina Carr, Deputy Minister for Social Protection, Ministry of Gender, Children, and Social Protection, who is also part of the Independence Day Orator selection vetting process, said. Adding: “We believe that it is time to bring out the hidden talents. We’ve usually promoted people who have already made names for themselves in the society. This time, we want to give it out to the Liberian people to have their say in this process by simply involving our young people and called on them to participate in this vetting process.”
Minister Carr also promised that the vetting process, which involves applicants covering the ages 15-35, would also cover high schools, University, and master levels. The vetting process, she assured, “Will be very transparent. The MCC and the Ministry of Gender will not be doing the final selection of the orator. In fact, we are encouraging the media to help publicize this information on the radio and the print. Those wishing to participate in this process can do so on facebook and through email.
Submission of entries for the selection of the Independence Day’s orator, she also disclosed, starts June 22, 2018 and ends July 13, 2018. “We are encouraging our young people to participate and ensure that their talents are exposed to the outside world,” Minister Carr stressed.