Amb. Tolbert noted that through the promotion of democratic values, tolerance, acceptability and civil engagement, peace, unity and genuine reconciliation will be achieved.
He spoke recently at the ‘Dr. Augustus F. Caine Lecture Series’ organized by the Liberia Institute of Public Administration (LIPA) held at the Monrovia City Hall. The forum was organized under the theme: “Peace Unity and Reconciliation.”
He indicated that the lecture series is a significant event and it comes at the right time with the current growing wave of tension. He urged the leadership of LIPA and other collaborating partners to rally support towards the successful endeavor of the LIPA.
He frowned at corruption and other negative vices including illiteracy, which continue to hamper the peace and reconciliation process.
“I want to call on every peace-loving Liberians to ensure that this fragile peace is sustained in our nation. This is a responsibility of every Liberian,” stated Dr. Tolbert.
The former Liberian peace envoy recounted the millions that the United Nations (UN) has spent in bringing peace in Liberia during the civil conflict and in maintaining some 15,000 peacekeeping force here.
For his part, Cllr. Jallah A. Barbu of the Public Interest Law Office and Chairperson of the lecture series, said the series will be a continual process.
He said the forum is geared towards promoting coexistence among Liberians for a better and prosperous nation.
Giving an overview of LIPA, Deputy Director General Amara Kanra said the institution has been in legal existence for a period of 50 years, since the passage an act in 1969.
He said the intent and mandate of LIPA was and is to strengthen public institutions through capacity building, development and research activities for efficient service delivery.