— President Weah urges his officials
President George Manneh Weah has cautioned his cabinet members to be more proactive in tackling issues that affect the day-to-day living conditions of citizens in accordance with the objectives of the Pro-poor Agenda for Prosperity and Development (PAPD).
Delivering his state of the nation address on January 25 to the National Legislature, the President warned that there will be no room for error and laxity as some officials have performed poorly, urging them to improve and work harder or face unwanted actions consequential to their performances.
“I have mandated the entire machinery of my administration to recalibrate and enhance the focus on finding lasting solutions to the bread and butter issues facing our people. All ministers and officials, take note,” President Weah cautioned.
As part of his fourth annual state of the nation address to the joint session of the Legislature, President Weah reassured Liberians that his government remains committed when it comes to the transformational development of Liberia within the framework of an accountable and functional democracy.
“This is not only my ambition, this is my determination. In order to do so, however, it will require that you rally to the cause and make your own personal commitment to national development. This is our country. Just as it belongs to all of us, it will require the collective efforts of us all to improve it. No one person can do it for us, and we must not expect anyone from outside to do it for us,” the President noted.
Upon taking the helm of national leadership in 2018, the President promised ‘Change for Hope’ that could help to make the life of ordinary citizens better by reducing poverty. However, the fulfillment of such a promise seems elusive as Liberians are complaining of hardship and unemployment amongst other vices.
Despite numerous complaints from the public about harsh economic conditions, President Weah’s focus has been on building community roads and streetlights in recent times and underwriting the costs of public exams for high school students, which some political pundits, however, have praised.
“As I have often said, I have my vision, and I will fulfill my mission. That vision is fully set out and captured in the Pro-Poor Agenda for Prosperity and Development, and my mission is to fulfill that vision through the development of this country and the betterment of the lives of the Liberian people,” said President Weah.
“In spite of these daunting challenges, our development drive has not been derailed. We understand some of the personal and collective challenges you face in your lives. We feel the pain you feel on a day-to-day basis as you seek to put bread on your table.”
President Weah’s assertion on the economic decline is similar to statements made by some top members of the ruling CDC, including Vice President Jewel Howard Taylor, Representative Acarous Gray of Montserrado County District #8 and Deputy Information Minister for Press and Public Affairs, Eugene Fahngon. Each of them, on separate occasions, noted in their statements after the December 8, 2020 senatorial election that an urgent change is needed to enable the party to retain power in 2023.
They indicated that the country’s current economic situation and the poor livelihood of the citizens put the CDC in a bad position for 2023, and that improvement is needed.