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The orator of the just ended 170th Flag Day official celebration in the country, Christine Tolbert Norman has frown on the idea of changing the Liberian flag.

As you may be aware, there has been a committee set up by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf with the mandate of changing the Liberian flag that could reflect some cultural aspects of the country.
Speaking Thursday, August 24, 2017, in Monrovia when she served as keynote speaker of the country’s 170th Flag Day celebration, Mrs. Norman said the whole idea to change the Liberian flag is not a good thing.
Mrs. Norman, who is also the City Mayor of Bentol, the Capitol of Montserrado County, said she disagrees with such idea.
“I disagree with the idea of changing of our flag in the name of reflecting some cultural history. We cannot change this, but we can change our attitude,” Madam Norman stressed.
Delivering her message on the theme: “Patriotism, the Way Forward for Transformation” Mayor Norman stated that as the country moves forward in 2017 at this very critical juncture of its history, Liberia needs patriotic and self-disciplined citizens.
The Bentol City Mayor asserted that the country has gone through many challenges since its establishment as an independent nation and yet still moving on for the past 170 years.
According to her, she believes that Liberia was able to overcome all of those challenges because the country was founded upon strong foundation principles in God of hope, diligence, love for freedom and justice, loyalty patriotism and love for country.
Mayor Norman indicated that though the country has made some significant progress since 2006 to present, she stressed that there are still some pressing and critical issues that need to be addressed consciously, in order to move the country forward.
“Even though we have made significant achievements during the recovery and reconstruction period of the country from 2003 to 2012, Liberia still has some very serious issues that need to be analyzed and addressed consciously with serious political will,” Madam Norman noted.
She named the vulnerability of the youth and young adults, as the most serious issues affecting the country, as these young adults between the ages of 1-34 have to cope and survive in the system that have deteriorated.
She added “homes, families, education, capacity building, health, justice, water as other social issues that need to be addressed.
“These are essential to prepare the next generation to become leaders and managers of their homes, communities and of the nation.”
Mayor Norman further that basic communication skill like reading, composition, thinking and problem-solving, gainful employment and skills as some of the challenges she thinks that need to be addressed if the country must move ahead.
Meanwhile, Madam Norman voiced that unlike addressing these situations with serious determination and strategic planning, the goal of National Transformation of 2030 would not be achieved.

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