The Minister of Finance and Development Planning, Amara Konneh, has condemned critics of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s administration, who insinuate that her government is not working in the interest of the Liberian people.
Minister Konneh was speaking yesterday at a program marking the dedication of 52 housing units constructed by the National Housing Authority (NHA) in Marshall City, Lower Margibi County.
He took serious exception to the continuous criticisms from the public about the government.
He regretted that some people have criticized the government for doing little or nothing to improve the living conditions of Liberians despite the hard work by the government to develop the country.
“While we are working hard to develop the country, there are people who enjoy undermining the government’s efforts through statements that do not represent any truth,” he said.
Minister Konneh said ‘for nothing’ criticisms heaped on the government would not change anything, “because there are many ongoing projects that are implemented by government to the delight of citizens.”
He said opposition politicians have failed to understand that this government is committed to transforming the living conditions of Liberians.
Minister Konneh however regretted that some Liberians would rather listen to such critics who are determined to seek the country’s downfall, forgetting that only Liberians can rebuild their own country.
“This government,” he said, “doesn’t give money to individuals, but builds citizen capacity as evidenced by the dedication of the Marshall project, and other projects like the Caldwell Bridge, the Duport Road round-about, etc.”
Meanwhile Minister Konneh noted that US$2 million has been placed in the 2015/2016 Fiscal Budget for the construction of additional low cost housing units.
Also speaking President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf described the dedication of the 52 housing units as a “dream come true” for the government and people of Liberia.
She reminded Liberians that it is not what the government can do for the citizens, but what the citizens can do to encourage the government to build the country.
She later presented keys to five of the 22 owners of the new homes and pledged her government’s commitment to provide safe drinking water and electricity to the housing estates.
She called on the management of NHA to construct more housing units in the country for low income earners.
Each of the housing units, NHA Deputy Managing Director for Administration, Prince A. Wreh, said contains three bedrooms, two bathrooms, a living room and back and front porches at the cost of US$20,000.
He said a mortgage system has been designed to provide homeowners a ten year payment plan.
He added that the essence of constructing the housing units is to provide an enabling environment where citizens who are not privileged to own homes can have affordable houses on their own through the National Housing Authority.