Still in Search of New Agriculture Minister?

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President George Weah

A source who preferred to remain anonymous has raised concern over the delay by President George Weah to appoint a new minister of agriculture, something the source said could somehow stall opportunities for agricultural development in the country.

“We don’t know the main reason why the President has delayed to appoint a new minister. It may have the propensity to someway stall agricultural development.”

Our source said that major agriculture discussions or agreements can only be negotiated with a minister proper.

“I am with the understanding that the World Bank has provided several loans to support projects that are meant to enhance the productivity of smallholder farmers which have been ratified by the 54th Legislature. Such intervention require a qualified minister to keenly monitor the implementation of these projects for the benefit of the country,” the source told our reporter.

Our source further said although the government has made available US$2 million as direct support toward smallholder farmers, while other monies that are coming from external sources such as the World Bank have increased the support for agriculture.

“The Pro-Poor Agenda for Development and Prosperity (PAPD) must be aligned with all the donor funding and this is why we need a technical person to head the Ministry who can work with the Ministries of Finance and of Commerce,” the source said.

According to our source, many smallholder farmers across the country are in need of serious assistance to enhance production, but Government lack the resources, adding that the donor funding will greatly help.

“We are appealing to the President to speedily appoint a new agriculture minister,” our source further cautioned.

It can be recalled that in June 2019, President George Weah dismissed former agriculture minister, Dr. Mogana Flomo and, up to current, has yet to appoint a new minister.

Former Minister Flomo was the first minister of agriculture appointed in the Weah Administration and is on record for declaring agriculture a pivotal sector to the country’s struggling economy.

Around the same time, the President also dismissed his director-general of the Central Agricultural Research Institute (CARI), Dr. Marcus Jones.

The President, during a recent talk show on local radio, indicated that his administration is still in search of a new minister.

“We would like to have a new minister of agriculture but we preferred someone who is practical, meaning a minister with technical knowledge of agriculture or he or she is involved in some agriculture activities.

With the issue of inflation and other economic hardships facing the country, allegations of corruption, as well as increasing political tension, the President further told the radio talk show that his administration is taking measures to fix the economy.

Meanwhile, President Weah has called on Liberians both at home and in the diaspora to invest in to agriculture.

He disclosed plans to shortly embark on a nationwide tour to acquaint himself with the work of the agriculture ministry in the various counties.

15 COMMENTS

  1. Investing in agriculture is the most sensible policy that could help the economy. GET THOSE EX REBELS TO GO BACK TO THE COUNTRYSIDE AND FARM. Monrovia is too crowded. BACK TO THE BUSH PLEASE

  2. It is not enough for George Weah to urge Liberians to invest in agriculture. He himself must invest in agriculture. Where are his personal initiatives and investment in support of agriculture?

  3. When Weah makes a statement, it usually appears single-barreled; nevertheless, look can be very deceiving.

    What do I mean about this statement? To better understand this analogy, just look at a single-barreled shotgun. It is a gun with one outlet for shots to come through.

    Similar to the single-barreled shotgun is the double-barreled version. The only difference is that the double-barreled shotgun has two outlets instead of one when it is aimed at its target. Second, unlike its single-barreled sibling the double-barreled shotgun is more lethal and deadly upon impact.

    Such is the case with Weah’s statements. He often sounds soft and credible when speaking; however, when one closely examines Weah’s statements, he will notice that he fakes them to sound credible and to appear like he is sincere and honest about what he is saying.

    On the other hand, he is not. He is a “double-barreled shotgun in the masquerade of a single-barreled version.” For example: who would have doubted Weah’s Pro-poor Proclamation two years ago was a ploy to hoodwink the poor masses and impoverished them even more?
    So it is when he says, “I am still in search of a practical agriculture minister.” Such talks are doublespeak intended to deceive the unsuspecting, blind followers.

    To use the shotguns analogy again: Weah’s doublespeak appears single-barreled and less destructive, but in essence he has camouflaged it. It is a dangerous double-barreled shotgun with a second, hidden outlet.

    When Weah says, “I am still in search of a practical agriculture minister. He does not really mean that. As a listener one must look for the second hole in the shotgun. In other words, he is saying that he is in search of a tribal, political, figurehead to head the Ministry of Agriculture.

    In Weah’s mind, finding an agriculture minister is not about instituting policies geared towards promoting a vibrant agricultural program in the country. This person’s role will be to join the coterie of other pretenders to play the pretentious functions of a cabinet minister, while on the other hand, being one of Weah’s political stooges.

    Weah’s preoccupation at this time of his political life, is how he could murder his political opponents, stifle freedom of speech, and rule Liberia imperialistically!

  4. I hope Weah will intensify his search in order to have the Agriculture Ministry position filled. A day to day person such as the Minister of Agriculture is needed to get things going.

    In most developed and semi-developed countries, agriculture is of high significance. While visiting my siblings in the Ivory Coast many years ago, I visited the “Ajamay” (sp) market. I saw piles of cassava, fruits and vegetables in numbers I have not seen anywhere in the motherland. In brief, I was very impressed.

    I also visited a farm in the US a few years ago. I saw three types of hot pepper, okra (I don’t eat okra at all. Never), not to mention tomatoes, potatoes, etc. I don’t know whether there’s a farmer in Liberia who plants one particular crop, let’s say corn for instance. In all sincerity, too much political bickering is causing problems in the motherland. The bickering has got to be modified. There’s no one who will say that the bickering in the motherland will completely stop. It will continue irrespective of whether or not Weah stays or goes. But we have to move on and not be diverted from the good things that ought to be done.

    But I see another problem that hampers agriculture in Liberia. I could be wrong, of course, my haters believe that I am always wrong. (Thanks be to God, I refuse to do anything in order to placate my haters. I will never be deterred. I am not proud to apologise anyone whose toe I mistakenly step on. But I am a person who cannot be intimidated).

    My observation centers around the lack of good roads from and to the cities. So although the president is seriously looking for a competent person who could be appointed as Minister of Agriculture, I think the current Minister of Public Works should do something about roads throughout the country!

    While in Liberia a few months ago, I took a trip to White Plains because I wanted to make a farm in that area. The road was okay from Paynesvlle to the sight of the University of Liberia. But once we turned left and headed off to Bentol and then White Plains, trouble began in terms of bumps. The bottom line is that good roads are needed throughout the country. Certainly, the search must seriously continue, but when the right person is selected in order to do the day to day work, she or he must bond with the Minister of Public Works. Both Ministers must work together! Good roads, (Minister of Public Work) good fruits and vegetable farms (Minister of Agriculture).

    Lastly, my educational background is not in the area of Agriculture, but I strongly believe I can do a superior job at the Agriculture of Ministry if I were considered.

    Mr. Aaron Nelson Sr., Mr. Blunt, Curran, S.G.Moses, Kou, and others, what do you think?

    • Snr. Brother Hney, You got my support if you want the job. Some of us have the ears of the President to whisper when necessary. I’m SERIOUS.

      Otherwise, Mr. President, Dr. George Manneh Weah, Please appoint someone from the Southeastern region of Liberia as Agriculture Minister. Namely from Grand Gedeh, Sinoe, Grand Kru, River Gee or Maryland County ONLY. Those vicious, condescending, and confused know it all opposition losers are not going to be please with anything you do anyways, so please give them something to cry about .

      Ellen appointed her children, relatives and friends to many position of trust, none of these deceitful elements cried about tribalism or nepotism. They will stay long inside as the Liberian people say. 12 years for Weah as the President of Liberia.

    • Mr. Hney,
      Well, I know you can read between the lines. Contact them with your resume and I hope your credentials will be very near to what they would like to get from an Agriculture Minister.
      God bless you.

  5. Brother Aaron,
    I was there recently. Weah is not a fool! He wants to go forward, but there are drawbacks because some of his appointees are not productive. I’m sorry I cannot mention names. However, the truth must be told.

    We are in a recession! The prices of food items are high….in my view, that’s because some major consumables are in short supply and of course, there’s high unemployment. I am not making excuses for Weah. But the recession was there before Weah took over the leadership cockpit. Now all of a sudden, some people are demanding overnight miracles. Things don’t work out like that. When Obama took over, the US was in a recession. From my recollection, it took approximately three years in order for the world’s largest economy to get on its feet. I am not suggesting that because it took that length of time in order for an economic “turn around” during the Obama years, so therefore Liberians should expect less. No, no. It takes a little bit of time. I know people are catching hell. But I am optimistic that we’ll swim out of the ocean that’s filled with sharks. We’re down. We can’t go any further than that. We will survive!

    Lastly, now that I know you are supportive of my intention to test the waters, your bank account will go up. Keep it up.

  6. Snr. Bro. Hney,

    Hahahahha, I made another dollar. My statement was intentional so the opposition surrogates Not Candidates, can crucify me with their talk about burying tribalism and nepotism.. LOL…. The part about the south eastern region was a joke.

    However, You have my vote. Test the waters and there is nothing wrong with networking to have your resume at the top. Liberia needs every qualify person and most importantly, people with good moral character and Integrity.

  7. I once heard someone saying this:
    When comparing animals with blood, it is abominable and irrational to mention snails. It is not because snails can move like other animals and so you must cite them when naming animals with blood.

    The USA is the greatest country on planet earth. Obama is a well-educated and experienced American politician. Stop comparing the USA and American politicians with Liberia and ‘ineptitude”.

    In the Ivory Coast, Ghana, Nigeria, etc, there are always hundreds of qualified ministerial resumes to pick from based on policy orientation.
    In our case, we care less about the resume but who will tell us “Yes Sir” even if what we are proposing is technical and politically not feasible.
    Liberia has great intellectuals to drive the Agriculture Ministry. I can propose one: Mr. Peter Curran.

    Good morning to all!

    • No. Thanks Mr. Dolo,
      I will not be part of anybody’s administration.
      I did not studied Agriculture; no idea. I have of course made lots of advances in our Native Rice Farming looking at its engineering views which is not agriculture.
      Again, I will not work in anybody’s administration because of many technical reasons. Liberia needs to be restructured so people know what to do. Liberia is chaos no matter who gets there? Nobody knows what to do at all levels? People do not know their limits, no respect to each other, etc. I am very much a serious engineer who stays by the rules, book, etc.
      We were never properly organized since 1822. We as a nation have to fix that. England did set it up for Ghana, Nigeria, SierraLeone but nothing was set up for Liberia.

      God bless us.

      • Good morning Mr. Curran,

        You are a historian indeed. Thank you for making some pertinent points here. But first, I accept your decline and respect you for your stance.

        You said, “England did set it up for Ghana, Nigeria, Sierra Leone but nothing was set up for Liberia.”
        I disagree, your honor!
        We even got more favor than the countries you named above. From our administration to politics as well as our security apparatuses, everything was set up by the American Colonization Society, the British government and other friendly governments. In fact, it was the British government that was the first country to officially recognize our independence in 1847.

        The founders of our Republic failed us; our forefathers failed us, consequently leading to the mayhem we have witnessed over the years. The situation at hand is one of the grave consequential effects of this great failure.
        We don’t have to fail our children. Let’s make a change. Let’s make Liberia a better place for mankind.
        Alone, no one can do it. Together, in a team, we can get the job done. If you refuse to join any grouping under the pretext that none has the skillset and technical know-how, who is going to do it for Liberia?
        Be mindful, we have seen bills been introduced, a new draft version of some articles in our constitution that may eventually hand over Liberia to multinationals. If nothing is done, our children and grandchildren may not even have a piece of land to farm tomorrow. Like the people of Zimbabwe and South Africa, we may fight for our own land we voluntarily sold.

        Join a team or form a team, do something for your country.

        Good morning Sir!

  8. It’s not immoral neither is it downright stupid for a comparison to be made between a developed country and an undeveloped country.
    From my point of view, usually comparisons are made in order to make a valid point. In this particular case, the US-Liberia comparison was made in order to substantiate the point that recession is alive and well in Liberia. Just before Obama became president, there was recession in the US, the world’s largest economy. The direct implication of what I am trying to expose is that Obama inherited a weak economy from Mr. George Bush. Like Obama, and (despite the fact that he is not a legal scholar) poor Weah inherited a weak economy from Johnson-Sirleaf. Am I wrong? Or are you suggesting that a comparison should be made only between two developing countries?

    You may have never known that although Liberia is much poorer than the US, Liberians are better off in some areas of life than the US. Examples:
    The crime rate in the US is higher than it is in Liberia and the use of drugs in the US is higher than it is in Liberia. (Two undeniable facts).

    You are infatuated with Alexander Cummings! You do not think that no one (probably not even Jesus Christ) can redeem Liberia from its economic and political woes than Alexander Cummings. It’s okay! You can preach the gospel of a man you claim you’ve never seen or talked to. You have the moral fortitude to defend your man. But you are dead wrong to suggest that because the US is more powerful than Liberia, therefore it is unnecessary to compare both countries!

    Please be aware of this: the independent candidate, Mr. Pete Curran, snubbed you in the past by saying he was not a supporter of Cummings neither would he be despite your persistence. He will rebuke you once again if you continue to lure him into your camp. I’m not Curran’s spokesman. But I have a hunch that his “educational know-how and skill-set” philosophy will make a good marriage with your creation of 100,000 jobs in three months!

    What is the inference one should draw from your use of “yes sir”? Are you referencing what was said by the outgoing Chief of Staff of Donald Trump?

  9. Correction:
    His educational know-how and skill-set philosophy “will not” make a good marriage! The word “not” is the missing key word.

  10. Chief Engineer, Pete Curran,
    On the line of our country not being set up or properly planned from the beginning, you’re 101% correct my friend! However, I did read somewhere (although I don’t know exactly where) that the US government wanted to help set things up for the freed slaves. But they refused. The freed people wanted no intervention by Uncle Sam. In my humble opinion, it would have been much better if proper planning had been done.

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