LIBERIA: BFF, CSO-Partners consult Legislature On Breaking Barriers, Undermining National Unification & Integration


The Organizers of National Unification Day (NUD) recently held fruitful consultative roundtable discussions with lawmakers who are in leadership position in the 55th National Legislature need to strengthen National Unification in Liberia.
The organizing committee is made up of a conglomeration of civil society organizations, under the umbrella of Partners for Democracy & Good Governance (PDG). Committee members includes; the Better Future Foundation (BFF), proponent of Liberia’s Democracy Sustainability Platform (DSP); Kofi Annan Institute for Conflict Transformation (KAICT) at the University of Liberia, Youth Beyond Barriers (YBB), and People United for Peace In Liberia.
Attended by other organizers of the NUD including Voices of The Elders (VOTE) – Republic of Liberia, the National Muslim Council of Liberia and the Angie Brooks International Center (ABIC) for Peace, the roundtable was aimed at providing an update to the 55th National Legislature on the need to enhance collaborative engagements between CSOs and Government of Liberia in honor of Liberia’s 60th National Unification Day which will be held on Monday, May 13, 2024, in the auditorium of the Capitol Hill main Campus of the University of Liberia.
This year NUD Anniversary is being organized under the Theme: “Reconciling Liberia for the 21st Century: Welfare and Plight of Senior Citizens.” The eventseeks to highlight and facilitate national discussions to aid policy formulation and legislations in ensuring that the state fulfills its social welfare obligations in enhancing the well-being of senior citizens.
The National Unification Silver Jubilee initiative is a dedication and commitment to showcase and debate the current challenges faced by Liberia’s senior citizens, many of whom made significant and impactful contributions to national development in yesteryears but, are now sadly experiencing glaring neglect and abandonment in their time of need, with no access to pension and social security benefits.
From 2014 to present, the Better Future Foundation (BFF), and its CSO collaborating institutions including the Kofi Annan Institute for Conflict Transformation of the University of Liberia, among others, have been actively involved in advocacy, making policy recommendations, aimed at complementing the efforts of the Government of Liberia, for peace consolidation and sustainability.
According to BFF, 200 years on, since its establishment in 1822; and nearly 60 years after the formal launch of the Unification and Integration Policy in 1964 by the 19th President, William V. S. Tubman (late), actualizing genuine peace, reconciliation and integration, remains a critical challenge in Liberia.
This year National Unification Day program, the organizers told the roundtable consultative forum, will also be characterized by presentations of Goodwill Messages by a number of senior diplomats and other distinguished personalities including H.E. Ambassador Nona DEPREZ, Head of Delegation, European Union Delegation to Liberia, H.E. Catherine Rodriquez, Charge d’ affairs, U.S. Embassy, Liberia, Dr. Patricia Jebbeh Wesley, Professor of English/Literature, Pennsylvania State University-Altoona, USA & Special Guest of Honor/Chairperson, National Unification Day Compendium Committee.
The delegation, which also included former Minister of Education Dr. Evelyn Kandakai, and Chairperson of the Unification Day Organizing Committee informed the Legislative roundtable that House Speaker Cllr. Jonathan Fonati Koffa, and the President Pro-Tempore of the Senate Madam Nyongblee Karnga-Lawrence have been officially invited as co-launchers of the Unification Day Diaspora Initiative (UDI)/National Unification Day Compendium project, while the keynote speech would be delivered by H.E. President Joseph Nyuma Boakai Sr.
National Unification Hero Awards (NUHA) Presentation
Further updating the Legislative Roundtable, the organizers said, three categories of award will be presented. According to the organizers, Liberia’s development partners, represented by the diplomatic community will do the presentations of the various Awards.

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