Liberia: Teresa Cummings Delivers Key Message to Motorcyclists


.... “... Vocational and technical education, creating jobs, and assisting you to be successful in business are integral parts of the CPP platform for young people,” Teresa Cummings told motorcyclists.

Teresa Cummings, the wife of a prominent Liberian politician, has applauded motorcyclists for their crucial role in the country's transport sector but warned of the imperative need to observe basic traffic regulations aimed at protecting life and property.

Motorcycles and Keh-Kehs (tricycles) have become the major means of road transport for most of Liberia's estimated five million population and the only attractive fallback economic alternative for thousands of unemployed youths nationwide.

“Many of you do not want to ride motorcycles for the rest of your lives. Some of you may want to continue in transportation by owning more motorcycles. Some of you may move up to driving taxis and buses,” Cummings said.

“Some others may want to do different things. That’s why vocational and technical education, creating jobs and assisting you to be successful in business are integral parts of the CPP platform for young people,” she added.

The wife of Alexander Cummings, the Standard Bearer of the Collaborating Political Parties (CPP) noted that while the CPP, is concerned about motorcyclists' safety and welfare, it's also concerned about their individual economic development, in terms of improved income, and reliable insurance policy.

The CPP leader's wife made these remarks when she spoke on his behalf at the installation program of officers of the 20th Street, Sinkor Motorcyclist Parking Lot association on January 22.

She spoke of the risk associated with motorcycle driving, especially at night, the unity of motorcyclists, and their resiliency to survive the prevailing harsh economic conditions.

Cummings noted that considering the huge increase in the number of motorcyclists, they have a great responsibility to ensure peace and stability, by being law-abiding and respecting safety regulations.

The CPP Standard Bearer's wife later committed the Cummings Foundation to ensure the provision of clean drinking water through the rehabilitation of all handpumps in the 24 Street Sinkor area. 

She also made a cash donation to the motorcyclist group on 20th Street Sinkor. Following the program, the CPP First Lady toured the 24th Street Sinkor area upon request of the group to acquaint her with the detestable conditions of the community’s school, clinic, and prevailing situations.

In a related development, Cummings' wife has stressed the need for economic empowerment of women and to equip girls with vocational skills that will make them productive citizens.

She described the difficult economic challenge and hardships, endured especially by rural women and girls, as appalling and stressed the urgent need for durable solutions to their plight.

Cummings made the assertion at a special program attended by hundreds of women of Lloydsville, District one, Grand Bassa County. 

“Women are the backbone of our country and as such, our girls and women need to be given serious attention and increased support,” Cummings said. 

The United Women for Development, with the membership of over 500, is said to be one of the largest women's organizations in Grand Bassa county. The organization’s primary objective is to assist women and girls secure small loans, as well as facilitate vocational and rehabilitation training programs for women and girls in difficult economic conditions.

Its President, Mercy Roberts, lamented the increasing economic hardships as well as violence against women in rural Liberia.  Roberts said the CDC government of President George Weah has failed the people, noting that the only way out is to elect a new responsible leader with vision and integrity like Alexander B. Cummings. 

She said the decision by the United Women for Development to rally support for the CPP Standard Bearer followed careful assessment and evaluation of all the Presidential contenders. Based on the winning attributes of Mr. Cummings resolved to support and vote Cummings as the next President of Liberia, come October 10.