President Johnson Sirleaf has, for the first time, admitted to failure in Liberia’s transformation and recovery process.
The President in her 9th Annual Message to the 53rd National Legislature declared that the massive challenges facing the state and people remain problems that are unchanged.
Despite over US$16 billion worth of foreign direct investment into the economy government brags of, the President still believes that challenges inherited by her government remain the same.
Said President Sirleaf: “In addressing the Third Session of the 52nd National Legislature on January 28, 2008, I said that we could not bring ‘quick fixes to the monumental problems that we inherited,’ that our tasks would be difficult and our challenges demanding. They remain so today.”
Challenges inherited by the Unity Party of President Sirleaf include, but are not limited to: massive unemployment, nepotism, corruption, a poor economy and a broken educational system among other issues.
The Liberian leader was sincere to note that, “quick fixes” to these appalling conditions Liberians faced that she highlighted in 2008; will continue to form part of the system for a protracted period.
“We know that we have some distance to travel to overcome the challenges bequeathed to us by the long years of conflict, division, marginalization and exclusion. We know that it would require commitment to stay the course in the fight against corruption. We know that it will take courage to ensure that rights and freedoms are protected,” the Chief Executive said.
Notwithstanding, Madam Johnson Sirleaf returned with these words; “But today, the bonds of our nation are stronger; the direction of our advance is clearer; and the common purpose of nation-building is compelling us to reach out to each other beyond our superficial differences in tribe, age, gender, religion and associations.”
Political commentators believed that admittance to mountains of unresolved problems in the country was the proper way of the President seeking lawmakers’ intervention in addressing them, but her later assertions that things are better is far from reality.
“The President cleverly replied House Speaker J. Alex Tyler proposed US$73 million for district development. According to the House, the money is intended to bring quick relief to vulnerable districts, but if the Head of State makes such pronouncements what comes to our minds is that addressing our plight is a long term policy,” a political and legislative commentator told the Daily Observer.