When the engraved symbolic signatures emanating from the performances of some past leaders’ based on their physical domestic and international development credentials with positive impact on the nation’s landscape; are at least unimportant for commemoration by succeeding generation of leaders, say pundits, it places a deep troubling scar on the cardinal national conscience of what traditional depository would hold so close and dear.
Considering this usually questionable ‘lost sense of belonging’ and added value to infrastructural growth of reflection of the nation’s civilization down played by successors in leadership; pundits, among several recommendations advanced by the 173rd Independence Day’s Orator, Rev., Dr. Simeon L. Dunbar on Monday, July 27, 2020 (though it is July 26, but officially celebrated on the 27th since the day fell on Sunday) captured the need to re-invent national conscience for the accommodation and recognition of the pride and infrastructural development erected by some previous leaders whose names were not attached to such progress due to the lost sense of belonging exercised by succeeding leaders.
Keeping the spirit of accomplishments by past leaders alive and kicking on the landscape, Orator Dunbar requested that for history to truly live the time and those who made such development that is positively impacting the country should be duly recognized and honored nationally.
According to him, in order to foster national unity and integration; he suggests the renaming of some streets and highways to honor the nation’s fallen heroes, heroines and freedom fighters who fought to preserve our heritage.
Dr. Dunbar sited for example; the Monrovia to Ganta Highway could be renamed William R. Tolbert Highway; Ganta to Zwedru could be named Jackson F. Doe Highway and from Zwedru to Harper upon completion could be named Samuel K. Doe Highway, just to name a few.
Meanwhile, the Orator, Rev. Dunbar who decried the scourge of rape bitterly noted that the issue of Rape needs to cease from being an everyday song on the lips of our people, adding that we cannot continue to hear the cries for justice of our innocent girls.
He maintains that it is beyond sickening that while we are battling COVID-19, we have to deal with reoccurring cases of rape of teenagers and babies who haven’t even learned to talk.
Rev. Dunbar pointed out that rape perpetrated by inhumane men who claim to be citizens of this God-fearing nation, is sad and it needs to stop. “If that means introducing the death penalty on these evil perpetrators, so let it be”, he added.
With few lines from Abraham Lincoln who once said, “Those who deny freedom of others deserve it not for themselves”. These men shouldn’t rape today and be allowed to walk free tomorrow, Rev. Dunbar emphasized.
At the same time, the Orator indicated that the revamping of our educational system to a level of producing graduates that are job creators and marketable and not just certificate holders should be a major priority. He said we need to invest in vocational and technical education; for example, the Booker Washington Institute Model should be duplicated throughout the 15 counties, thereby empowering our youths with skills and tools to contribute immensely to the redevelopment of this nation.
Also, our educational system should not be overlooked. Let us not allow the brilliant young minds of our children to go to waste, he added.
Touching on the conduct of the police, Dr. Dunbar observes that the issue of police brutality against lawful citizens needs to stop. “Our security sector should learn to adhere to the rules that govern this land and not abuse them. Press freedom also needs to be respected at all levels”, he intoned.