Only 8% of President Weah’s Promises Fulfilled So Far

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According to NAYMOTE, out of 113 promises tracked, nine promises were completed constituting 8%; 54 promises (48%) are ongoing; while 50 promises (44%) are not started or rated due to limited or lack of available data to assess progress made towards implementation.

— President’s Meter report by NAYMOTE reveals

NAYMOTE Partners for Democratic Development, a civil society group that meticulously follows President George Weah’s promises to the country since taking the helm of the nation in 2018, has graded the President’s fulfillment of the promises in three years with a score of 8%.

According to Naymote Partners for Democratic Development, out of 113 promises tracked, nine promises were completed constituting 8%; 54 promises (48%) are ongoing; while 50 promises (44%) are not started or rated due to limited or lack of available data to assess progress made towards implementation.

On governance and transparency, which is one of the promises and the fourth pillar of the Coalition for Democratic Change’s manifesto, this promise remains the weakest pillar according to Naymote.  With 23 promises recorded under this, none is said to be completed and 12 promises ongoing.  The tracking record shows that 11 of the promises have not started or not rated due to lack of available information.

“There is no available data on action taken towards five (5) promises made on physically challenged and senior citizens,” the report said.

The score card further indicates that information is not available on the promises including provision of adequate and special attention to vulnerable students with a history of misconduct, learning and physical disability; submission for passage of the Liberia Technical Vocational Education and Training Commission Act, establishment in communities within various counties a viable adult literacy program for rural farming and market women; construction of seven modernized mini soccer stadiums across seven counties’ capitals, and ensuring of the provision of free medical service and recreation centers for senior citizens beyond the age of 70 years.

The government places a premium on infrastructural development with road paramount among other projects.  According to Naymote, it tracked 20 promises, three of which are completed with 10 ongoing.  Seven have not started or are not rated due to the lack of available data.

Naymote, the report notes, calls on the President to do more to fulfill his promises to the Liberian people after receiving overwhelming votes in 2017.  

“The votes that George Weah received place an obligation on him to deliver on those things that he promised. Political accountability is an essential element in ensuring that politicians are held to account for promises that they make during the campaign period and those they make when elected,” said the group in a release.

According to Naymote’s release, Liberians, like others across the globe, are used to seeing political promises broken. Since the end of the civil war in 2003, Liberia has held three presidential and legislative elections, which have produced two presidents – Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and George Manneh Weah.

“In each of their inaugural speeches, there were common threads: ending Liberia’s long crisis; fighting corruption, increasing access to social services, ending poverty, improving the economy, increasing food production, and fostering national reconciliation and healing – building a framework of a solid social contract between the electorate and their elected officials,” said Naymote.

The aim of the President’s Meter Project is to inform citizens on the performance of President Weah against promises made and to improve communication between the governed and the government in a sustained manner. This is intended to mainstream the voices of citizens in how the country is being governed against the background that most governments come to power on the rhetoric of change. In many instances, voters believe that change will take place.

Eddie D. Jarwolo, the Executive Director of Naymote Partners for Democratic Development, believes the “norm” where campaign and post-election promises continue to be broken increases the risk of voters’ apathy about politics and trust in their elected officials. For decades, Liberians have, by-and-large, put up placidly with the status quo as they struggle with limited access to quality social services, poor road infrastructures, unemployment, and varying forms of inequalities.

The dramatic victory of the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) in the 2017 presidential election suggested that the tide may finally be turning. At least, for the first time ever, presidential power was wrested from a ruling party, overturning the prevailing mindset that an incumbent government never loses power during an election. To secure that win, however, President Weah made a lot of promises to Liberians, which were promptly, and accurately documented by the Naymote Partners for Democratic Development and other Liberians. To ensure that he keeps to them, NAYMOTE, with support from the Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA) launched the President Meter in 2018 to track the progress made by the new government on its promises and policies.

This report tracks and documents campaign promises and policies and to use the outcomes to stimulate public discourse this discussion is part of ensuring that voters have a voice in reviewing the social contract keeping the attention of citizens fixed on the cycle of governance from election to end-of-tenure.

“Ongoing citizens’ engagement delves to suggest that the Liberian democracy is pointing in the direction that Liberians want a president who either meets his or her promises or is honest and forthcoming about any challenges he or she encounters as he or she battles to do so. The previous norm where anybody can break the social contract and live happily with it is no longer an option,” said Naymote.

11 COMMENTS

  1. Wow, 8% after three years? Does anyone doubt that George Weah is a failed President? I bet his cheap propagandists will soon be on here to debunk the data with lies and illogical nonsense. Even Weah himself said recently that his team has been lying to him about the condition of schools. OMG, he finally came out of his mansion to see things with his own eyes instead of believing those liars and crooks around him. They’re deceiving Weah and he knows it now. But does he have the will to fire those rascals? I doubt it because some of them know too much about George Weah’s corruption.

  2. Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha !
    Instead of dragging the regime of George who is perceived to be personally vindictive and obsessed with this poor Henry guy, and wasted two and a half years of his presidency on this one guy, here is a piece of political bone with some good meat about the achievements of George for the Information Minister to chew on. Instead of yet again distracting the regime from its national goal for development to that of words of war with the Henry guy over radio broadcast. That has nothing to do with anything because George is known to dislike criticism of his regime. No need to take advantage of that.
    On the achievable , perhaps the citizens do not know what the heck 8 % means, and not really feeling the impact of the 8 % development carried out by the regime of George. Eight percent achievable is a lot, compared to just one percent. The thing is, the eight percent achievable has to be transparent and translated to the citizens by the propaganda Ministry of Information to the people. What the citizens are looking up to and what they can actually see and feel makes a difference in both transparency and translation. That is the work of the Ministry of Propaganda.
    Deliverables do not just mean roads, bridges, health care facilities, education, although they are importantly essential to any developing society and country. But social justices are deliverables that have moral impact. And they too are importantly essential to the growth of society and its ability to develop.
    Can the citizens trust their government authorities ? That too has an impact. Is distribution of goods and services in society and the country having an impact ?
    These issues are the most political because they defined how the citizens feels. And are easily exploited. Self esteem creates jobs ! People like to look their best. And when the society is functioning in the manner it should be, that too has an impact on how they feel.
    Instead of pointing out and looking for the Henry guy as the political bogeyman to scare George, the Information Minister of propaganda should be looking at some of his protective Ministers that are not having any creative ideas to make an impact. Even if he has to criticize the judges, go ahead and do it. It your job to shine the light where failure exists.
    Eight percent is not only some bones, it has some serious political meat on it to talk about transparently. But protecting your fellow Ministers sitting in their comfort zone, your job just got harder.
    Calling out the Henry guy as the political bogeyman who will called out names of Ministers not performing and sitting in their comfort zones, is the same James Davis is saying about you not being able to sell the 8 % that was achieved by the regime to the public. Not only the Ministers, but also the Superintendents hiding in their political comfort zones without a creative agenda for the citizens.
    What does 8 % means ? It means more can be done. You have a President with limited education and political creativity have become a major problem. But as Ministers appointed to work with him and for him in the interest of the citizens, and perhaps in the interest of the CDC regime, your got to tow the load.
    The Henry guy is not the problem, you and your fellow Ministers sitting in their political comfort zones are the problems.

  3. James

    Good insights and analysis always! Coming to the conclusion of your comments, you raised this question: “They’re deceiving Weah and he knows it now. But does he have the will to fire those rascals?” And then you answered the question by saying, “I doubt it because some of them know too much about George Weah’s corruption.”

    This is an excellent point, and it also exposes the root causes of why Weah is unable to re-shuffle his cabinet ministers neither dismiss the ones whose performances have been below par since his ascendancy to power.

    For example: In his drive to push for meaningful development and change in his government, The president of Sierra Leone, Mr. Julius Madaa Bio, does reshuffle his cabinet; however, the term “reshuffle” is a taboo word in Weah’s Liberia!

  4. He is doing well to have completed 8%, maybe because of COVID-19.
    Had it not been the case (COVID-19), he could have transformed the Executive Mansion ground to a football field every evening, made 3 albums by now (1 per year) and assassinated 12 qualified civil servants.

    So, we say thank God for COVID-19!

  5. The question is how was the number 8% arrived at? Why not 5%, 7% and so forth. The follow up question is how many things did Weah say he would do?

    Something To Remember:
    Weah is not a killer of human beings.

  6. How ironic that NAYMOTE, a group comprised of key supporters of parked race car VP Boakai whose government bequeathed a comatose economy, is tracking GMW’s campaign promises. Unsurprisingly, these supposedly data-driven analysts or statisticians don’t see the need of mentioning the following:

    First, annual budget had stuck on around USD $500 million since 2011 in spite of reportedly USD 16 billion in direct investments and donors’ aid to Uncle Joe’s regime. Second, reportedly, 64 out of 66 concession agreements signed were declared bogus while he was second-in-command. Third, extricating the CDC-led Coalition from these binding contracts could have punitive consequences for Liberia.

    That said, I’m not oblivious to the fact that it is about time this government takes control of national economic recovery despite detracting street protests, and other forms of sabotage including terroristic murders of auditors. GMW must be assertive in seeing results; our downtrodden are suffering. Under the same token, we shouldn’t allow history to repeat itself, a la using so-called scam of rice price to stoke anarchy.

  7. Petarus Dolo

    Ha! Ha! I’ve read many posts on this site, but none has caused me so much laughter like the latest ones you wrote above! Man, you’re talented, and I am real; you do puzzle me sometimes by the way you drive some serious points across through hilariousness.

  8. 8% and 113 are just common numbers that any one can decide to call. If you are raising such argument you should have the supporting tools in order to balance your argument. NAMOTE is well noted for lot of controversies against the Weah’s led administration. This grading system this politically driven and full of defections in a way that it should not be taken seriously by any level headed person.

    Honestly, you can’t just call number as you may feel like calling with your free lips. You need to balance your argument by giving a full scale data analysis in your project. Now! What are the descriptive data ( promises made by President Weah), what are the the quantitative data ( promises fulfilled by President Weah), lastly, the inferential data( promises not fulfill, having no future value to be fulfilled by the Weah’s led administration).

    All these sampling are lacking in your reporting or grading system as you may claimed. Please go and bring all those evidence that President Weah’s score 8% in your project.

    Please stop swaying the public attention negatively with such a useless and shameful argument.

  9. It’s call “The Dunning–Kruger effect” which is a cognitive bias in which people with low ability at a task overestimate their ability. It is related to the cognitive bias of illusory superiority and comes from people’s inability to recognize their lack of ability. Without the self-awareness of metacognition, people cannot objectively evaluate their level of competence.

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