NPP Wants Full Disclosure on ‘Billions’ in Aid, Taxes, Debt

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The opposition National Patriotic Party (NPP) is calling on the Sirleaf-Boakai led government to provide information on the ‘billions of United States dollars the country has received in aid, taxes and loans since the inception of the administration.’

NPP also wants an explanation on how these billions have been utilized.

NPP national chairman James Biney said during a press conference at his party’s headquarters in Monrovia that the Ellen Johnson Sirleaf led government should not be boasting about enormous achievements when sensitive information like the total amount the country has received in aid since 2006 and taxes collected since that period are not available to the public.

Since the inception of the Sirleaf-Boakai administration, said Biney, the international community has provided more than US$5 billion to Liberia for reconstruction, security and building the capacity of the government. This, he said, represents the largest foreign assistance any Liberian government has received in history.

“Additionally, this government has collected billions of United States dollars in taxes. It is also estimated that at the end of the Sirleaf-Boakai’s tenure, the country’s total external and domestic debt would be about a billion United States dollars,” Biney stated.

Speaking at a press conference at the party’s headquarters in Monrovia, Chairman Biney contended that “Until the government provides this information to enable Liberians to make an informed and fair assessment of the government’s performance, we believe the government’s boast of achievements lacks foundation because basically it is biblically stated that “to whom much is given, much is expected…”

He said in comparison to President William V. S. Tubman, the UP led administration has done far less in almost 12 years than what President Tubman did in a similar period, although the early Tubman era was marred by global instability and devastated global economy as a result of World War II, and the low level of technology at the time.

The NPP Chairman, who is also representative of Maryland County, reflected that President Sirleaf and Vice President Boakai were elected to steer the affairs of Liberia, develop the country’s infrastructure, promote unity and improve the living conditions of the Liberian people, but he charged that the Liberian people’s expectations have hardly been met, with many still lingering in abject poverty.

“By next year, Sirleaf and Boakai would have governed Liberia for twelve years, approximately half of the 27 years President Tubman governed the country,” he contended.

“Within the first 15 years of President Tubman’s administration which followed the end of World War II when the world’s economy was devastated and technology was not as advanced as it is today, and while the country was inaccessible, Tubman built the nation’s seaports, airports, the Executive Mansion, the Capitol Building, The Temple of Justice, the University of Liberia, the John F. Kennedy Medical Center and most state owned health facilities across the country,” Biney applauded.

Other achievements of the Tubman regime, Representative Biney hailed were the construction of the Mount Coffee hydro dam, the White Plains Water Plant, major secondary schools across the country, major roads from Monrovia to various counties and provinces and most of the local administrative buildings in the country. All these were achieved within a fifteen-year period,” Biney claimed although it could be more accurately stated that it took Tubman at least 20 years to complete.

But, lamented Biney, with the billions received by this government from friendly governments, multilateral financial institutions and international development institutions, much is yet to be accomplished.

Biney also called on the government to make a full disclosure of the country’s current debt status, which he said is currently a billion United States dollars.
“These debts will be inherited by subsequent governments and generations to come,” he said.

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