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Stability Is Key To President Koromaís Agenda For Prosperity
By Captain Saio S. Marrah (Rtd) Expert in International Relations and Security Studies
Jul 15, 2013, 12:04
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It can be certainly attested that, state frailty, intra-state conflict, political violence and instability are among the key challenges facing the international community in the contemporary era. There is an increasing consensus amongst International Relationists and other commentators that conventional intercessions are no longer feasible in solving the copious and profuse problems in fragile states. Itís therefore universally agreed that innovative approaches machinated to promoting development and humanitarian actions and needs are required if we are to succeed in our twin effort in maintaining stability and furthering prosperity.


There is growing recognition in the 21st¬†Century that development and security are not only interconnected but reciprocally reinforcing - and it can be said that they are both central to President Koromaís Agenda for Prosperity. It is thus apparent to maintain that the relationship between fragility, stability and development is far more complex than is often imagined or synthetically presented by certain political pundits.


In many fragile states around the globe, the solicitous concern is the distribution of power and wealth between different groups and individuals. Without contesting or debunking such anxiety, itís apt to question that, if distribution of power and wealth is considered a universal concern, then what about the processes that create, sustain and transform these relationships? Under the wise and astute leadership of President Koroma, quiescent policies have been reformed whiles innovative and ground-breaking ones instituted to bolster the interest of citizens and investors alike while we continue to match international standards.


Captain Saio S. Marrah (Rtd)

While addressing fragility has become a leading priority for the international community, now is the time to rise to the most important and difficult challenge of all Ė succeeding in practice by setting the brightest examples. As we envisage and visualise the prospect of the Agenda for Prosperity as articulated and catalogued by President Ernest Bai Koroma, it remains virtually realistic and accurate that without stability, there can be no prosperity in Sierra Leone.


This is an obvious and realistic fact that canít be cognitively contested in that, stability and prosperity are mutually reinforcing.


The discursive approach about stability in this piece is multi-dimensional and multi-faceted; hence if skewed to political stability alone, then it will be logically and practically impossible to divulge indispensible facts that are fundamental in understanding the nexus between prosperity and stability.  


In a post-conflict state like Sierra Leone, it is natural if not quite archetypical for people to understand and discuss stability from a political stand point. There is a caveat in this argument hence the decade long political instability in Sierra Leone halted prosperity and degenerated generations yet unborn. Arguably for this reason, whenever we discuss stability, the first thing that comes to mind is political [in]stability.

 

But there are other types of stability that are crucial to mull-over; and these are economic stability, societal stability, moral, ethical and spiritual stability. This second segment of stability as succinctly discussed herewith (i.e. economic, societal, moral, ethical and spiritual) if properly harnessed could enhance, consolidate and affirm political stability. Why do I say this? It could be argued that, political instability doesnít emerge from the blues, rather the warning signals are always apparently noticeable from economic mismanagement, to dissatisfaction of the people and the society, leading to cultural, ethical and spiritual decay, thus subsequently resulting to political unrest.


To underpin this argument, the rampant corruption of the late 1970ís, coupled with the imaginative hierarchisation of the society in the entire 1980ís, anchored on biased and skewed distribution of the nationís wealth led to a decade long ďall out warĒ that brought misery and melancholy to Sierra Leone. How the relationship between fragility, security and prosperity plays out in practice depends largely on the economic context and good governance of the state.

Accordingly, I will urge that the peace and stability at hand shouldnít be ephemeral but perpetual Ė hence perpetual peace is what we fought for.


Political economic analysis can be constructive and valuable in garnering an understanding of the context within a given fragile state, in order to be able to better adapt and tailor policies and programmes that can propel prosperity. That is what makes President Koromaís administration exceptionally luminous; hence in a fragile state like Sierra Leone, the government has meticulously designed policies that seek the interest of the people.


As President Ernest Bai Koroma has stout-heartedly launched the ambitious Agenda for Prosperity, I call on all Sierra Leoneans regardless of political party, region or tribe to help in whatever manner to make this dream come true. Politicking and politicisation of issues on one hand combined with socially constructed threats with combustible speech act on the other, could lead to representation of danger there by derailing the Agenda for Prosperity and effectively threatening our stability. Remember, we can only prosper under the auspices of stability. We whole-heartedly welcome President Ernest Bai Koromaís Agenda for Prosperity and continue to pray that God Almighty will help fulfil all that is catalogued in that impressive and coherent document.


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