By Alvin Worzi
As the October presidential and representatives elections draw closer, Margibi County Senator and presidential aspirant Oscar Cooper has underscored the need for the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC) and the General Auditing Commission (GAC) to be given autonomous statuses.
Senator Cooper made the disclosure yesterday in Monrovia, stressing the importance of circumventing interference in the fight against corruption across the country.
“We have to give anti-graft institutions complete autonomous status in order to reduce the high level of corruption in the country,” Cooper told reporters.
The Margibi Senator said he believes that if anti-graft institutions were autonomous, they would help reduce interference by any branch of government as well as eradicate corruption.
He underscored the need for a robust development of the agriculture sector and the empowerment of young people. “If elected president, empowerment and development of the agriculture sector will be paramount on my agenda,” he said.
“We will partner with farmers throughout the country to empower them by introducing mechanized farming in the 15 sub-political divisions of Liberia.”
He emphasized that youth empowerment remains key for reducing youth unemployment across the country, which will help to put money in young people’s pockets and properly develop their living conditions.
Senator Cooper said the Unity Party government has failed the Liberian people, especially with the rise of the United States dollar against its Liberian currency, which makes things difficult for the Liberian people.
He indicated that under his presidency, the Liberian dollar will regain its value against the United States dollar to help reduce the hardship faced by ordinary businesspeople.
He indicated that in other for the Liberian dollar to be on par with the US dollar, farmers need to be empowered to grow cocoa and other exported produce to stabilize the exchange rate.
He promised to run the office of the president from every county to enable speedy development.
The Margibi County Senator frowned on the messy education system “that the UP government is leaving behind,” adding “With the help of technology we can sit anywhere and communicate the agenda of the government to all Liberians.”