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Liberians wellbeing concerns Independence Day-Orator

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Amb. Charles Minor, left being honored by President Sirleaf at Independence celebration
Amb. Charles Minor, left being honored by President Sirleaf at Independence celebration

( 27, 2015)-Liberia’s 168th Independence Day Orator, Charles Minor, says improving the socio-economic wellbeing of Liberians remains a major challenge.

The Former Liberian Ambassador to the United States said: “Due to the hard cost of living, many Liberians, including women and young girls, both at home and abroad, are engaged in sex trade as a means of survival.”

Mr. Minor also said: “Currently, hunger is prevalent among Liberians and un-employment is high and families are finding it difficult to meet their basic social needs.”

Ambassador Minor made the statement Monday, July 27, 2015 when he served as this year’s Independence Celebration in Greenville, Sinoe County.

He further noted that Liberians lack access to some basic social services, including water, electricity, health care delivery and solid education that need to claim stakeholders’ attention.

Meanwhile, the Independence Day Orator is calling on Liberian doctors and nurses practicing abroad to return home and help develop and strengthen the country’s health sector.

Ambassador Minor emphasized the need to encourage Liberian health practitioners working in the Diaspora to return home.

He noted that it was now time to strengthen the foundation for a broad-based and affordable health delivery system.
Mr. Minor recommended training more medical practitioners and providing potential individuals scholarships.

He praised President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf’s leadership role in tackling the Ebola virus disease and paid tribute to all health workers in the country for their roles played in the Ebola fight.

The Orator then challenged all Liberians not to look down on themselves, but to, instead, start thinking about where the country will be in the next five to ten years.

At the same time, the Independence Day Orator spoke of the Liberian people’s lack of trust in elected and appointed officials in the Government.

The former Liberian Ambassador said: “Because of the mistrust that has engulfed the Liberian society, people are continuously castigating their leaders both in the public and private sectors.”

He cautioned Liberians to be mindful of the current press freedom that they are now enjoying as it goes along side social responsibility.

Mr. Minor wants Liberians engage in constructive criticisms as they strive to ensure national development and must do so in love for country.


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