?Bad leadership is Africa?s major problem?, -J.A Kuffuor, former president of Ghana.
In my opinion, there is no ?discovery? of oil anywhere in West Africa but the exploitation of the oil belt that runs along the coast of the entire region which?the oil executives?knew about for decades?but did not care to build rigs till now as they tried to gain control over the unstable situations of the Middle East at that time.
Again, why the rush to explore the oil without first putting adequate measures in place to guard against the challenges that may accompany the oil exploration in the near future? Where is the government rushing to? Is President Ellen Johnson considering early retirement in the coming months? Has the government considered building local refineries to process the crude oil or Liberia will follow the Nigerian model where the raw crude is shipped to Europe after which the refined product is then shipped back to the country at ridiculous prices? Has the government considered training local engineers to take over the management of the oil industry within the shortest possible time? Why must African leaders always allow such sensitive sectors of their economy to be held hostage by a few foreign corporations?
Is this all that our forefathers died for? Is this the hope and the dream the government sought to build when the people gave out their mandate? But more seriously, how much of this 10% will end up in the offshore accounts of many of these ?negotiating team?? This still remains unclear.
This brings to mind my most worried concern:?Why are such sensitive agreements always held in the corridors of secrecy when the destiny of entire generations depends on them??Why must the good people of Liberia allow only a few selfish, greedy and corrupt politicians to negotiate on their behalf in camera, without adequately conveying the detail content of such agreements to the public?