A 2017 Presidential hopeful, Dr. Jeremiah Z. Whapoe, has said that Liberia is not independent when the citizens are still sleeping with hunger and experiencing poverty.
Dr. Whapoe was speaking last Sunday when Friends of Dr. Whapoe of District #14 in Montserrado County welcomed him to address some of their challenges, including building of bridges.
Dr. Whapoe promised the people of Doe Community that he would build two bridges to end the perennial flooding which the community experiences every rainy season.
He said “Our mission is to declare war on poverty using agriculture, when elected. We will be using machines and not hoes to make farms. My dream is to see a Liberia that can feed itself and support other countries in the region.”
Dr. Whapoe said his plan for Liberia is to use farming not just for eating purposes but also for business that would make many of the people in Liberia rich and independent to handle their domestic problems.
“Farmers can also be decision makers and our plan is to make Liberian farmers decision makers to make good laws that will promote food sufficiency for the people. It is time for us to come to together and ensure that we achieve this goal,” Dr. Whapoe said.
He stressed that there is no great nation in the world that has declared itself independent, when it cannot handle the citizens’ food problem.
“Independence is not given to cows but to people who demand it. Freedom is living the kind of life you want to live without obstruction. If you cannot afford to send your children to school, you are not free,” he said.
Dr. Whapoe said it is time to change Liberian politics but said he would not promise the people of Liberia that he would build skyscrapers, mansions or electrify the country but that he will eradicate the long existence of the disease, poverty.
He said, “Many believe that Liberia’s problems are lack of roads, health care, infrastructure, development or electricity, but Liberia’s first problem is poverty.”
Dr. Whapoe, the people of Doe Community, including pem pem riders, women’s groups, elders, and leaders inspected damaged bridges and drainages.