... Says Cllr. Brumskine
Cllr. Charlyne Brumskine, the Vice Standard Bearer of the Collaborating Political Parties (CPP), emphasizes that the current social and economic challenges facing Liberians demand the expertise of an experienced and seasoned manager rather than a lifelong politician.
Brumskine argues that the huge task of transforming Liberia necessitates an internationally credible and trustworthy Liberian figure like Alexander Cummings, who boasts an impressive corporate track record and connections capable of attracting much-needed foreign direct investments to rejuvenate the country's ailing economy.
"Mr. Cummings has the international credibility as well as the economic expertise and experience to effectively manage the country's budget, and develop the human resource capacity for rapid economic development and growth," Brumskine added. "In the country's current disastrous economic state, we don't need politicians; they have left us in the worst economic conditions," Brumskine said in reference to the widespread suffering and poverty that has engulfed millions of Liberians, after 176 years of independence.
Brumskine highlights Cummings' commendable achievements as the Chief Executive Officer of Coca-Cola Global, where he managed a budget exceeding US$1 billion and oversaw an estimated workforce of 100,000 employees. These accomplishments set Cummings apart as the most reliable alternative to Weah in leading Liberia's economic recovery.
According to Brumskine, within the first one hundred days of a Cummings Government, Liberians will begin to witness gradual changes in their lives and in the governance system of Liberia. She criticizes President George Weah's Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) for causing severe damage to the country's economy, failing miserably, and losing international credibility and trust.
"This loss is exemplified by the government's inability to attract significant foreign investments during its six years in power," Brumskine disclosed during a radio interview in Monrovia on September 20. "The CPP Government will reapportion the country's budget, with increased allocation to education to better train teachers, equip and enhance the technical vocational training to meet the job market needs for foreign investments."
"The CPP Government will also prioritize the health care service as well as agriculture with the provisions of capital and better incentives for farmers to increase food production," Brumskine said.
Brumskine further explains that the Cummings administration will implement a robust decentralization policy, not only for government services but also to create vibrant commercial hubs in major counties, including Grand Bassa and Nimba. She asserts that a lack of international trust, rampant corruption, a weak judicial system, and an inadequate foreign national policy have rendered Liberia's governance system ineffective and unattractive to direct foreign investments.
Brumskine views "these as significant challenges" that the Cummings Government will address differently to restore the country's credibility and trust among nations. She noted that the depth of poverty, suffering, desperation, and hopelessness among Liberians, especially in rural areas, has reached alarming levels.
Brumskine highlights the early marriage of young girls, the prioritization of sports over education by youths, and elders resorting to begging for survival. Additionally, drug trafficking and addiction have reached dangerous proportions.
Brumskine, in response to questions about her observations in rural Liberia, noted that "Young girls, before reaching 14 years of age, are becoming wives, youths crave more for Jersey and football than education. "Elders, she said, "have turned to begging for survival, while drug trafficking and addiction have reached alarming and dangerous proportions."