Urey Warns Against Nepotism

first_imgIn the awake of the race to succeed President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, political and business heavyweights have begun making promises to electorates in order to secure their votes come October 2017.The latest of these, former Liberia Maritime Commissioner and chairman of one of the largest telecommunications service providers in the country, Benoni Urey, has already begun to unveil his vision of progress for Liberia.According to him, no member of his family will occupy top government position if he is elected president of Liberia.“We will tackle corruption,” he said over the weekend in Monrovia during the celebration of his newly-formed party, the All Liberian Party (ALP), which was recently certified by the National Elections Commission (NEC) to operate as a legal political institution in the country. “I’m sending a warning to all my relatives, friends and associates, no matter who you are; you will be the first I will set example on when it comes to corruption.”He noted that no member of his family will be seen in high position like in the case of other Liberian presidents. He however maintained that for his personal and family security, he would make an exception to place a close family member at the helm of the Executive Protective Security (EPS).Urey told journalists after his party was certificated by the NEC that his intention to establish a political party is to bring “unity and maturity” to the political platform.He proposed the strategy of “engagement” as cardinal factor in his presidential bid.Delivering his intention message to his supporters and well-wishers, Urey asserted, “everywhere I have traveled in Liberia, I am confronted with the needs of our people.“From Sinje to Foya, Todee, Gbarlatua, Tappita, Tchien, Rocktown, and Grand Cess; with the undying love I possess in my heart for you my fellow citizens; I will do everything in my power to move you forward. This I pledge to you. Remember, Ben cares.“This pledge is borne out of a desire to critically review ways to manage, harness and fully utilize the latent energy that is inherent in the willpower of the people.“To my fellow partisans across the length and breadth of this nation and those in the Diaspora, we are now a legal, full-fledged political party. But let this certification serve as a mandate to us to partake in this most important process [of] nation-building.“Let us view this as an opportunity to strengthen the pillars that uphold our nation. We have a lot of work to do. Cognizant of the challenges ahead, we must roll up our sleeves and tighten our belts for the battle of nation building. The task is certainly a difficult one but it is achievable.” Meanwhile, NEC has described Urey’s party as “responsible and mature” and will like to conduct business with the institution.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img

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