Points of Gyude Bryant Virtual Town Hall
Meeting on Achieving Peace in Liberia
NTGL is trying to create a new day
for all Liberians and foreigners who
choose to live in Liberia.
Social Justice where people's basic
rights are protected
infrastructure and give back to the
people their wealth & their property
that we can truly manage our country
soberly and efficiently, so that our
children can live decent lives and become
productive citizens and help to build
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been through a civil war. The peace conference
in Accra established the NTGL and this
is their mandate.
Disarm the combatants
Rehabilitate them into their communities
and with their families
Bring back home all refugees and ensure
that internally displaced persons
go back to where they normally live.
Ensure that Liberia becomes gun free,
so that there will be no intimidation,
extortion, and harassment through the
barrel of the gun, so that come October
2005 people can vote their consciences
and have a government of the people.
I represent a government of a few, because
a few of us sat together representing
the people, and selected this government.
That is why I choose to be called Chairman
and not President. I do not have the people's
mandate; I have the mandate of a few.
the course of the 15 years we destroyed
our country, virtually everything was
hit. Whether it was the church, the state,
private homes, all, looted destroyed,
burned, name it. Values, if there is a
word worse then decadence, those are the
values we carry.
are raping 4 & 5 year old little
spilling into Broad Street, Carey Street
and Randall Street.
safe drinking water
destroyed. A week before I came here,
10 days before I left the country, the
Health Minister rushed up to the Mansion,
and said I need to see the Chairman
urgently. What is the problem? Chairman
I regret to say that we've run out of
How can that happen? Because of the
war we have lost track of our stock
levels and there's been so many things
to do, the supervisor just came in and
said that we don't have one bottle on
the shelf and that if we don't get some
in 2 days, people will start dying by
the dozens. That's how bad it's been.
Pneumonia, Asthma, just name them. In
my annual message, I had to report on
the mortality rate, and it is something
like 10% of every 1000 births. Child mortality.
It's just bad, our county is torn apart.
But, we came back; we try to restore hope
and the people as usual, demonstrating
their resilience. You know Liberians they
are hard to be kept down. They are like
a mushroom, every time you press them
down and move your finger, they sprout
tried to strengthen that resolve.
We are trying to restore hope and sustained
that hope with paying the people. We've
put electricity in the Central city. Water
is running through Bushrod Island and
so tankers can go to certain collection
points around the city and take waters
into displace camps and into neighborhoods
in Mamba Point, Sinkor, Paynesville, or
is coming back. We've been able to
use Moneys that we've raised through Customs
and the Maritime system to pay salaries,
pay foreign diplomats, some of whom had
not been paid for 12 years. Civil servants
in Monrovia and iberia had not been paid
for 4 years. At Christmas it was bright,
people were on the streets rejoicing,
they had enough to eat, they had new clothes
to wear, their kids had toys. And so it
is coming back. But we need you, all of
you Liberians here, we need you to help.
me thank you also for the help you sent
to your relatives and friends back home.
It helped to sustain them through very
very difficult years. I remember having
a head on tussle with the central bank
because there was a Western Union branch,
for procedural flaws the central bank
had close them down just before Christmas.
The one bank that was dispensing funds
through Western Union, queues were running
from Ashmund Street, to Broad Street into
Randall Street. I called the Central Bank
government, and said I don't care what
the procedure is, open that branch and
let the people get their money for Christmas,
so they open it and the people got their
money from you all, so I want to thank
you, sincerely thank you, for that kind
are beginning to open; we've made
it compulsory for primary education (0
- 6 grade). It is a felony if you have
kids in your home and you don't send them
to school, because they don't have to
pay school fees.
opened some of the health centers at JFK
and in New Kru Town there is a new hospital.
We are trying our best to see how soon
we can expedite the opening, assist the
Lutherans, Methodists and Episcopalians
to open up Phebe Hospital. We are trying
get other hospitals open around the country
as the UNMIL troops go out and say it
is safe, so that when we repair those
facilities, we can be assured that nobody
is going to come back and loot them again.
That's what's happening in Liberia.
plan we presented to the UN on Friday
is intended to reconstruct basic, basic,
It is first intended to disarm the combatants
and put them through some rehabilitation
and then try to reintegrate them.
intended to bring back all the refugees
and reintegrate them to their communities,
including the internally displaced,
get them back to their villages, help
them open up their cash crops businesses.
Opening up their farms and open up the
amounts are going to go into secondary
and primary education
amounts will go into health care with
some hospital works.
amounts will go into the infrastructure.
Expanding the electricity, water supplies
and sewer treatment plants.
still will go into strengthen Liberian
Entreprenurship Especially at the farm
level so that we can expand the cash
crop business. Be it the oil palm business
or the rubber industry, where people
can get their farms going again.
hope that you here can complement that
effort by bringing people, first yourselves
and then your friends to invest in Liberia,
so that we can use the private sector
as the locomotive to really take Liberia
want to build a small, efficient and productive
government sector, where we will have
the rules and regulations and protection,
of citizens and friends, and leave it
to the private sector to drive the economy.
We have stood firm about trying to politicize
the central bank. I strongly believe and
you know the sector I come from, that
we should keep the monetary sector away
from politics. I've resisted every attempt
by everybody to politicize the central
bank. We will not do that. We will keep
the central bank independent. It
will decide the supply of money we have
on the market, how big or how little it
will be, and we will have a free and open
monetary system, where if you come and
invest in Liberia, you will be free to
repatriate your profits or whatever sums
of it you choose, without permission of
government, and we will continue to support
the free and open market system. It has
been that way for a long time and we will
keep it that way. In short, that's your
home and that is what we are trying to
Bryant - Chairman, NTGL
S. Greaves -
Economic Advisor to the Chairman,