‘No More Excuses, Apologies, Delayed Promises’

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Vice President of Liberia, H.E. Jewel Howard-Taylor

VP Taylor charges Senators to remember their ‘sacred duty’

Vice President Jewel Howard-Taylor has called on the Liberian senate to reform the county’s governing system, before it becomes overburdened and a failure.

For VP Howard-Taylor, several internal and external factors beget imperatives to ensure the necessary changes in the country’s governing structures and systems. Therefore, in the absence of modern reform, the country’s governing system will “become overburdened” and, as such, it will fail to benefit every citizen, she argued.

Delivering her opening remarks at the opening of the fourth session of the Senate on Monday, January 11, VP Taylor noted: “This pandemic has focused the spotlight on the need for our government to invest more in the healthcare and educational systems. There is no better time to do this than now; before our systems become overburdened. The decisions for how our nation addresses this menace lie in your hands,” VP Taylor further argued.

“Remember that we have taken an oath to protect and defend our people at all cost, may we now move beyond the normal national conversations, and with deliberate and intentional actions provide the financial support and oversight needed to improve the infrastructure and systems for the benefit of all. I therefore implore Members of this Senate to make this one of your immediate deliverables.”

In her push for change, VP Taylor reminded her legislative colleagues that it is their responsibility as leaders to reform the system so that it benefits the people.

VP Howard-Taylor further warned senators that the Liberian people are watch and failure to do the right time,

According to her, the Liberian people are watching them and failure to work in their interest based on the premise of “TRUE LOVE FOR COUNTRY, NOT JUST IN WORDS, BUT IN DEEDS” will lead to a bad legacy for many their generations to come.

As part of the reform, VP Howard Taylor suggested that the Senate takes keen interest in delay in local vendor payments due, and delayed salary payments in some institutions, and the need for a more aggressive approach to the provision of basic services.

Others includes the need to expand the national tax base by creating new taxes (in the tourism and agricultural sectors) which will reduce the current tax burden on our people; and the need to ensure a realistic budget for the National Pro-Poor Agenda, to include the provision of operational funding to government entities.

VP Howard Taylor added that there is a need that the Senate provide oversight on the Judiciary to ensure that Justice is served without bias and to review concession agreements to ascertain that they live up to the intent of the agreements, especially as they relate to employment of Liberians; and  the need to provide oversight of all segments of Government.

Warning, VP Taylor said: “As each will be graded by the people and the results there from will form their legacies, forever etched in the sands of time. This sobering reality goes further, as it affects not only the Leader, but their succeeding generations.”

“For their hopes are ignited to each of you, that with the authority granted to you by the Constitution, you will chart a course that will definitely take them into the future of their dreams; with no more excuses, no more apologies and no more promises for another day. For truth being told, you are members of the First Branch of Government and you have the full authority to make their dreams come true,” VP Howard Taylor added.

Furthermore, VP Howard Taylor informed the Senators that the Liberian people’s long-awaited dream of a “United and Prosperous Nation;” is not an illusion but one that is possible as long they put the hopes and aspirations of the people FIRST; and make their dreams a reality.

“It is POSSIBLE,” she continues. “I therefore call in remembrance — ALL OF US — to a sacred duty, based on the premise of TRUE LOVE FOR COUNTRY, NOT JUST IN WORDS, BUT IN DEEDS. Looking around this Sacred Chamber at each of you seated here, thru the eyes of faith, I see the reflection of the faces of our people, in high expectation that this time, during this 4th Session of the Liberian Senate, our work will yield positive effects on the lives of common citizens throughout the length and breadth of Liberia.

Meanwhile, VP Howard Taylor has informed Senators that the result from the just ended December 8, 2020 senatorial election is clarion message from the people that they are no longer going to accept business as usually, but a first Branch of government that ensure that the county’s governing system responds to the wishes of the of the people, and provides for their safety and happiness.

“Revered responsibilities, not only to the state as an institution; but also that we would humbly reflect on all the decisions taken in this sacred chamber, in consideration of its impact on the lives and livelihood of the majority of our people who so graciously gave us the opportunity to serve and represent their interests.” “That being said, I would be remiss were I not to remind each of us, as we commence our duties, that we stand on the shoulders of great patriots of our Land; some of whom have passed through these walls and left behind them positive footprints in the sands of time,” the Liberian VP said. “But this reminder pales in comparison to the fact that we stand on HALLOWED GROUNDS – representing the blood, sweat and tears of our founding fathers, the tenacity of our gallant women, the hope of preceding generations and the loud voices of our young compatriots who make up a majority of our citizenry.”

10 COMMENTS

  1. Charles Taylor’s wife you just shut up your murderous and backstabbing mouth. Excuses, apologies, delayed promises’ are better than what you have been engaged in for the past three years of you undermining your own coalition because you want power before time.

    I am personally very happy NPP Chairman James Biney is now a Senator, while that other silly and corrupt Sando Johnson who like you had been there in the Capitol undermining his own coalition, has been rejected by the people of my home county Bomi.

    You owe your present and future political ambition or political achievement to the CDC! And you know it! For without their unstoppable force, you would be just as your mates regarding your savage husband and war criminal now in jail for life!

  2. Great advice except that one can’t help being reminded that VP Jewel Howard Taylor was senator in times of plenty. For example, reportedly, the USD $15 billion in direct investments and donor grants when monthly compensation package of a senator skyrocketed to USD $15, 000, and 64 out of 66 concessions agreements approved by the Senate were later flagged to be bogus. Undoubtedly, such incidents of willful waste and gross indifference to oversight authority grievously wounded the economy.

    However, in spite of investors and donors’ fatigue, after 3 years, the electorate expected this administration to change from continuous selfishness and ineffectiveness which have kept Mama Liberia dirt poor and underdeveloped even though natural resources make her a potentially rich country. For instance, by hitting the ground running in 2018 with few initiatives: Reduce a bloated payroll by cutting down official compensations over USD $4,000 monthly, review the bogus 64 concession agreements, cut down on foreign missions, propose a new mining law to widen the tax base, and with UNMIL gone, reassess security sector capacity.

    The Ghanaians, Rwandans, and Botswanans who are doing better aren’t smarter than us, but apparently they love their people and country more. That’s why while we were pegging a 2030 Vision on World Bank’s own 2030 Vision to reduce global poverty/ hunger, and crafting a for-nothing AfT, those leaders were taking bold steps in decreasing spending, fueling economic growth, ensuring accountability, and enhancing public safety. Our senators must listen to VP Jewel Howard, because (though for wrongheaded reasons) American thugs have shown that the lives of legislators are also on the line!

  3. All talk, no plan of action. Even if they had a development plan, are they disciplined enough to execute it? I doubt it because Liberian leaders are very shortsighted. They need the white man or the Chinese to build things for them or nothing gets built. It’s sad. Liberian leaders only care about having a good time. It’s a very sad state of affairs. Now, come Jorweah who has never run anything in his life, poorly educated, and now he has to run a country? Building roads is fine but it has to be tied to a larger plan to spur economic growth. If you build one road here and there, that will not grow the economy and create jobs. Where is the plan, madam VP?

  4. Where did the 16 + billions fund to Liberia went, during the EJF’s Regime? Squandering foreign money in Liberia is a very old hobby that cannot easily die. As the saying goes, ‘old hobby die hard’.

  5. I visualize Mr. James Citizen as a genuine Liberian patriot. Despite the fact that he often criticizes the CDC government of George Weah in the harshest of terms, James Citizen gives credit to some of the work that’s being done in Liberia by the very guy he often criticizes.

    Example, James Citizen writes:
    “Building roads is fine, but it has to be tied to a larger plan to spur economic growth.” The foregoing statement acknowledges that the “building of roads is fine”. In other for the economic health of Liberia to properly enhanced, Citizen states that something else is needed in order to “spur economic growth”.

    Citizen did not say what could be done in order to spur economic growth. But I will politely raise a few issues that I surmise will address the issue of economic growth:

    1. Foreign Investors……in recent weeks and months, Weah has made it clear that investors are needed in order to spur economic growth. Weah followed through on this critical issue by meeting in person with the French Foreign Minister, Mr. le Drain. In return, le Drain promised that potential French investors will definitely consider Liberia as an ideal place to invest, and

    2. Weah keep

    • Foreign Investors don’t have confidence in Weah’s leadership and they’re not bringing their money to Liberia, my friend. Even the Liberian people don’t have confidence in Weah. Investors will wait to see what happens in 2023, when we have a new President who knows how to run a country. I don’t even think Western governments including IMF, and World Bank have confidence in Weah. They will do the bare minimum to keep the country from imploding until general elections. Everyone wants him gone like Trump. They’re not going to help him stay in power beyond 2023. I think Weah himself would be happy to leave with his loot because he knows he can’t handle the job. He’s a play boy…this job is not for play boys.

  6. I visualize Mr. James Citizen as a genuine Liberian patriot. Despite the fact that he often criticizes the CDC government of George Weah in the harshest of terms, James Citizen gives credit to some of the work that’s being done in Liberia by the very guy he often criticizes.

    Example, James Citizen writes:
    “Building roads is fine, but it has to be tied to a larger plan to spur economic growth.” The foregoing statement acknowledges that the “building of roads is fine”. In other for the economic health of Liberia to be properly enhanced, Citizen states that something else is needed in order to “spur economic growth”.

    Citizen did not say what could be done in order to spur economic growth. Without a shred of doubt, the issue that has been raised by Citizen requires a remedy. So, I will politely raise a few issues that I believe will address the issue of economic growth:

    1. Foreign Investors…….
    The invitation to foreign Investors is not limited to white or Chinese people only, but rather to anyone who wants to invest in Liberia. Weah followed through on this critical issue by meeting in person with the French Foreign Minister, Mr. le Drain. In return, le Drain promised that potential French investors will definitely consider Liberia as an ideal place to invest, and

    2. Continued Road Construction…..
    According to Weah, road construction during his presidency will continue. Weah believes that once there are good roads in the country, investors and Liberian citizens alike will become efficacious in terms of doing good economic business.

    Finally, Mr. James Davis is not known to be a guy who grouches or one who acts as an individualist. But there’s a strange twist when he asks,
    “Can anyone name one good thing this government is good at”?

    Yes. I can name one good thing, Mr. James Citizen. “Road construction here and there” by George Weah is fabulous. That’s progress.

  7. Okay, Hney, can you tell us how many miles of roads George Weah has built? What is Weah’s development plan because it looks like he still doesn’t have one or is it just building roads? If I was George Weah, I would invest heavily in cocoa and coffee cultivation and make Liberia one of the largest cocoa producers in West Africa. Cocoa is a high priced commodity and that will create lots of jobs in the arg sector. That is a low hanging fruit and I don’t understand why he’s not doing it. Cocoa brings in about $4-5 billion dollars into the Ivorian economy. The government budget has less than $100 million for infrastructure investment. You have to leverage that capital very well in things that will return the highest value.

  8. Comrade Citizen,
    I know for sure that roads are being constructed. But I don’t know how many miles the constructed roads contain. I will consult with a gentleman I know very well who happens to be a civil servant employee.

    The Cocoa Sector…
    Without any doubt, I concur with you regarding the issue of planting Cocoa in Liberia. The Ivorians, Ghanaians and others plant Cocoa. Cocoa is a good agricultural commodity that could bring a boost to the sagging Liberian economy.

    I am very interested in planting Cocoa! While visiting Liberia in 2019, I came to the conclusion that I had to do something. According to my plan, 2020 was the year I had planned to return to Liberia in order to plant palm trees or cocoa. But, God’s plan is greater. The Covid-19 pandemic has shattered my plan.

    A few days ago, a Palm Oil mill/factory was scheduled to be constructed somewhere in Pleebo, Maryland county. It’s a good start. I don’t know if in fact the construction work has begun. But if the idea is followed through, it will help the people of that county enormously.

    I think that you can be a catalyst for change! You can return to Liberia, maintain a low profile and plant cocoa. By making demands for Weah to do this or that, Liberians and Liberia will not transform. I’m not appealing to you in order to be obsequious or a Weah apologist. I am not even asking you to curtail your free speech. You sound like a reasonable guy. Therefore my friend, “we the people” should take the liberty to do something.

    The proletarians are in a state of flux in the motherland. The politicians are not helpful and the high class people (the bourgeois) are unscrupulous because of utopianism. In other words, the politicians and the “Africans” who aspire to become president are unreliable.

    If we shout profanities at Weah, nothing will get done. But if we act meaningfully and patriotically, we will change the tide.

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