Monday, October 19, 2009

Liberian senate not for hustlers

Liberian senate not for hustlers
-Urey cautions electorate

One of the senatorial contenders in the Montserrado County Senatorial By-election, Clemenceau Urey, said unless the electorate elects individuals with the requisite educational credentials and vision to ensure that the National Legislature is not a place for hustlers, the future of Liberia remains bleak.

Mr. Urey said Liberia is at the cross-roads and if the needed changes so desired must be effected within the Liberian Senate, it would require men and women with the courage, vision and determination.

In a brief chat with heads of media institutions at his campaign offices in Paynesville, outside Monrovia on Monday, October 12, the 61-year old senatorial aspirant said “based on my experience and educational background, I am the right man for the job.”

The soft spoken Montserrado County senatorial candidate challenged individuals contesting the by-election to allow the content of their individual characters to interplay in the election, adding, “let our character remains a mirror through which the Liberian people can best judge us.”

Commenting on the question that Liberia needs a strong private sector and his ascendancy to the Liberian senate would deprive the sector, the Insurance Executive said, the senate which is referred to globally as the “House of Elders” is a retirement job and I will still play a supervisory role in my entity, adding, “my son is now prepare to run my insurance company.”

Mr. Urey, who is the proprietor of the Atlantic Insurance Company, said his desire for the senate is not to accumulate wealth as perceived by some of his opponents, but to ensure that the necessary changes that are currently taking place within senate are strengthened.

Also speaking at the forum, a member of the “Urey for Senate Campaign Committee,” former Minister of State for Presidential Affairs, Morris Momolu Dukuly, pleaded with the media to deal with the aspirant as an individual and not on the basis of which political party he represents.

Mr. Dukuly said Mr. Urey has built himself an enviable credential over the years and as such it would be unfair not only for the media, but for anyone to demonize him simply because of his or her dislike for the Unity Party.

The Unity Party candidate comes to the race with a wealth of experience in both the private and public sectors. He holds a Bachelor of Science (BSc.) degree in Political Science from the University of Liberia in 1972 and also holds a Master in Public Administration (MPA) and another Master in Business Administration (MBA) respectively.

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