CHAPTER II: GENERAL PRINCIPLES OF NATIONAL POLICY
The principles contained in this Chapter shall be fundamental in the governance of the Republic
and shall serve as guidelines in the formulation of legislative, executive and administrative
directives, policy-making and their execution.
The Republic shall:
a) aim at strengthening the national integration and unity of the people of Liberia, regardless of
ethnic, regional or other differences, into one body politic; and the Legislature shall enact laws
promoting national unification and the encouragement of all citizens to participate in government;
b) preserve, protect and promote positive Liberian culture, ensuring that traditional values which
are compatible with public policy and national progress are adopted and developed as an integral
part of the growing needs of the Liberian society;
c) take steps, by appropriate legislation and executive orders, to eliminate sectionalism and
tribalism, and such abuses of power as the misuse of government resources, nepotism and all
other corrupt practices.
The Republic shall, because of the vital role assigned to the individual citizen under this
Constitution for the social, economic and political well being of Liberia, provide equal access to
educational opportunities and facilities for all citizens to the extent of available resources.
Emphasis shall be placed on the mass education of the Liberian people and the elimination of
The Republic shall, consistent with the principles of individual freedom and social justice
enshrined in this Constitution, manage the national economy and the natural resources of Liberia
in such manner as shall ensure the maximum feasible participation of Liberian citizens under
conditions of equality as to advance the general welfare of the Liberian people and the economic
development of Liberia.
The Republic shall direct its policy towards ensuring for all citizens, without discrimination,
opportunities for employment and livelihood under just and humane conditions, and towards
promoting safety, health and welfare facilities in employment.
The Republic shall encourage the promotion of bilateral and regional cooperation between and
among Liberian and other nations and the formation and maintenance of regional organizations
aimed at the cultural, social, political and economic development of the peoples of Africa and
other nations of the world.
The Republic shall ensure the publication and dissemination of this Constitution throughout the
Republic and the teaching of its principles and provisions in all institutions of learning in Liberia.