Reinforcing his call for more support to the nation’s peace and reconciliation program, Rev. Tolbert asserted that under no condition could he downplay the numerous contributions of the Liberian government towards peace and reconciliation efforts.
“How can it be said that government is not supporting peace when this very government has been supporting several peace and reconciliation projects from 2005 to present?” Rev. Tolbert wondered.
Making the assertion over the weekend in Buchanan, Grand Bassa County, at the close of a three-day “Mid-Year Review of PBF Supported Projects”, Rev. Tolbert took serious exception to what he called a “misleading and sensational headline” carried in the October 30, 2016 edition of the Capitol Times newspaper.
Such publication, the National Peace Ambassador stated, undercuts the intent and purpose of the workshop and served as an “unnecessary distraction”. He immediately called on the paper to write an erratum.
Outlining some of the key achievements of his office since his appointment by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf in 2015, Rev. Tolbert said his office organized series of consultations between conflicting stakeholders as a means of averting national crisis. From the planting of peace trees at the Duport Road and Center Street Cemeteries as well as at the Lutheran Church Compound by Muslim and Christian youths, Ambassador Tolbert said his office has also held consultations between motorbike riders and the police on the one hand; and students of the University of Liberia and UL authorities on the issue of tuition hike and related issues.
The review brought together partners implementing PBF supported projects and UN agencies where they assessed progress against expected outputs and outcomes of the national reconciliation program in Liberia. The review determined and addressed potential risks to implementation of ongoing projects, while providing the way forward for sustainability of PBF-funded projects.
More than 30 participants from government, civil society, the United Nations, as well as project beneficiaries attended the well organized program.