Liberia Launches APRM Sensitization Campaign
MONROVIA, March 12 (LINA) - President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has officially launched the 14th Anniversary Celebration of the Africa Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) National Sensitization Campaign for Liberia.
In remarks at the ceremony, the Liberian leader recounted that over the years, Liberia has not really been preparing for the campaign, with the aims and objectives of providing political, economic and leadership governance, like Guinea, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Nigeria and Sierra Leone.
According to an Executive Mansion release, President Sirleaf officially launched the Sensitization Campaign on March 9 at the APRM 14th Anniversary Celebrations and Launch of the National Sensitization Campaign held at the Paynesville City Hall in Paynesville City, Montserrado County.
“Today, here in Paynesville, we are launching the 14th Anniversary Celebration of the National Sensitization for Liberia,” President Sirleaf noted.
The Liberian leader used the occasion to commend all those who left their busy schedules, including Dr. Amos C. Sawyer, government officials, marketers, students, lawyers, teachers and others to witness the launch of the National Sensitization Campaign for Liberia.
President Sirleaf recalled that even though she was aware of the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM), one Liberian who has real fond memory of the mechanism is Dr. Sawyer, and said Liberians should get closer to him so as to enable him educate them sufficiently about the activities of the APRM to enable them prepare properly like other countries.
Delivering the keynote address, Dr. Sawyer, Chairman of the Governance Commission, stressed the “importance of the APRM in Promoting Good
He recalled having been appointed by President Sirleaf on the APRM sometime ago and noted that Liberians should see the APRM not as the project of President Sirleaf but rather as national project to prepare social, economic and political leaders of the country.
Sawyer said the burden is on every government of the African continent to ensure that the citizenry are fully prepared to participate into the process aimed at preparing them for future leadership of their countries.
The former Liberian leader said he is concerned with the issue of leadership transition in Liberia, during which President Sirleaf will be leaving office in January 2018.
He wondered as to whether the next leaders to come will have the zest for the APRM activities in Liberia like President Sirleaf, adding: “We must embrace and adhere to it incoming actors.”
He furthered that the gains that have been made by President Sirleaf need to be protected, built upon and accelerated by successive leaders.
He used the occasion to congratulate President Sirleaf for initiating the APRM process and for bringing them into it.
Also making remarks, Finance and Development Planning Minister Boima Kamara thanked President Sirleaf for the opportunity to serve and noted that the campaign has been taken to the 15 political subdivisions of the country, and expressed gratitude for this achievement.