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‘Blame the people; not the government’ says Nanette Thomas

‘Blame the people; not the government’ says Nanette Thomas

National Coordinator cum Second-in-Command of the Attitudinal and Behavioural Change (ABC) Secretariat has argued that the ‘ordinary’ people of Sierra Leone are to be blamed for most of the woes of the country rather than the government officials.  (Photo: National Coordinator and Second-in-Command lecturing on Good Governance and Lawlessness)

Ms. Nanette Thomas was lecturing on good governance and lawlessness at the Secretariat’s post election workshop in Bo when she pointed out that people are quick to accuse the government of being responsible for the abysmal state of affairs and refuse to accept that they (the very people) are at the forefront of sabotaging development strides with their negative attitudes.

She called on the citizens to imbibe the tenets of positive attitudes in all they do so that the country develops.

She however noted that good governance is a major yardstick for development. Corruption, poverty and violence, she said, pose significant threats to good governance, as all of them undermine transparency.

She said appointing somebody to hold a public office does not give anyone the passport to be corrupt, but to help the President achieve his dreams for the country.

She advised Sierra Leoneans to work towards leaving behind positive legacies for their children.

“There is always a reward when one works to the best of his knowledge and ability,” she disclosed, while encouraging all to do the right thing to contribute to the development of Sierra Leone.

Ms. Thomas took her time to proffer step by step advises to people from various works of life, including the traders, teachers, prisons officers and journalists, to frown against lawlessness of all forms.

Education, she said, is the only instrument to take people to upward morbidity, while advising pupils to prioritize education above all other things they do.

“We must all take charge of our country and make it enviable to the world,” she demanded.

Executive Director Dr. Ivan Ajibola lecturing on Good Citizenship

Executive Director of the ABC Secretariat, Dr. Ivan Ajibola Thomas delivered a brilliant and interesting lecture on the role of the opposition in parliament and the importance of political tolerance. Dr. Thomas said the opposition is not in government but in governance, while noting that the role of the opposition in a democratic dispensation cannot be overemphasized.

While calling on the government to recognize the importance of the opposition, the ABC Boss, also called on the opposition to judiciously utilize its identity.

Everybody, he said, must pledge his love and loyalty to the state and not to their political parties or tribes. He further encouraged all to respect diverse views in the interest of peace and tranquility.

According to him, rights are accompanied by obligations while freedom goes with responsibility. “It is rather unfortunate that people are only concentrated on their rights and freedom and forget their obligations and responsibilities,” he noted, citing that development, for instance, will only come when people pay their taxes.

Courtesy of ABC Communications Unit

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