Citizenship Petition Drive
Organization for the Promotion of Development
in Liberia (OPODL) says it has launched a 10,000
signature petition drive in support of the dual
citizenship bill that is currently before the
National Legislature of Liberia.
dual citizenship Bill is intended to give Liberians
naturalized in other countries regain their
Liberian citizenship, and the organization is
calling on other Liberians to support the initiative.
Minnesota based Liberian pressure group says
it strongly believes that the lack of a dual
citizenship law in Liberia is the single greatest
threat to Liberia's post war reconstruction
efforts, especially considering that nearly
half a million Liberians reside outside of the
country and have given up their Liberian citizenship
status in place of their adopted countries'.
such conditions, OPODL noted, these Liberians
are often skeptical to contribute meaningfully
to Liberia's reconstruction drive since the
Liberian constitution does not recognize dual
citizenship, adding, "This means that they
cannot own property in Liberia or even vote."
press release, which was issued recently, said
by denying a large number of natural born Liberians
from regaining their original citizenship, is
detrimental to the growth and development of
their beloved country.
release said, OPODL as an organization geared
toward the promotion of development in Liberia,
believes that a dual citizenship law will contribute
immensely to the growth of the country.
is the primary reason we have decided to take
up this issue, and we are appealing to all Liberians
to join us in this worthy civil endeavor,"
OPODL's president Momodu Kemokai is quoted as
saying in the release.
Kemokai further said the issue of dual citizenship
"should not be about us versus them; rather,
it should be about what is in the best interest
of our common patrimony."
release noted that it makes true economic sense
for Liberia to have dual citizenship if Liberians
are truly sincere about moving this great country
forward and urged them to stop working against
their own interest.
Citizenship is for the betterment of Liberia,
not about Diaspora Liberians coming back home
and taking over jobs from the locals,"
the release reassuringly sounded, pointing out
that "OPODL understands fully well that
our fellow brothers and sisters on the ground
in Liberia might be suspicious of this whole
dual citizenship law, but it is important for
our brothers and sisters to understand that
granting dual citizenship to Diaspora Liberians
will be greatly beneficial to the entire country."
will be a victory for Liberia and for all Liberians.
So, indeed we are kindly appealing to all Liberians
from all works of Liberia to see reason in supporting
this cause," the release emphasized.
OPODL is seeking a minimum of $1.00 donation
per signature to lobby the Legislature to pass
the bill once and for all. The petition drive
is in two forms: an online version and a hard
copy, and that OPODL's members are now out soliciting
signatures for the petition drive, the release
those we cannot reach physically, we encourage
you to sign the petition online at www.petitionliberia.com
. For further information regarding this petition
drive please contact 612-568-2619 or firstname.lastname@example.org.