The Government of Liberia and opinion survey from a cross-section of Liberians have added voice to the ongoing debate in public places that since the ascendancy of President George Manneh Weah to power since January 22, 20l8 about 2 years ago has brought no benefit to the Liberian people.
Deputy Information Minister of Information for Public Affairs at the Ministry of Information Cultural Affairs and Tourism (MICAT) Eugene Lamin Fahngon last week opened a new debate that is now raging in some public places in Monrovia, noting that the big news is that we are making salaries current by February 2020.
According to Deputy Minister Fahngon, ‘he is inviting anyone to a public debate who will refute that President Weah has implemented more development projects since coming to power than any of Liberia’s past Presidents since Independence in l847’’.
This remark from Deputy Minister Fahngon prompted the staff of the FAFARINA newspaper to conduct an opinion survey in some communities in areas in Montserrado and Margibi counties, as a large number of Liberians are supporting Fahngon’s remarks that indeed President Dr. Weah is implementing the electoral promises that he will bring development and hope to the Liberian people.
As a response, many people who were interviewed stated that one reason why the cost of living is getting tough is that President Weah is using Liberia’s monetary resources wisely, and in accordance with his promises during the inauguration address that he will not let the Liberian people down in efforts to uplift the living standards of the Liberian people.
“We have a President who has built more paved roads than any of his predecessors since independence, given that he has constructed about 639 kilo-meters of the existing 750 kilo-meters of roads across the country in two years’ time despite the high cost of paving even a one mileage of road,” Fahngon told journalists.
One of the respondents interviewed on Capitol Hill said every patriotic and well-meaning Liberian should know that before a country starts to harvest the fruits of development, it will be necessary for the citizens to undergo some financial shortages and hardship as one cannot eat his cake and have back.
The truth is that it is the limited money available in the national coffers and the budget for use to implement projects of Government’s 5-year Pro-poor agenda for Prosperity and Development (PAPD) plan.
Today one sees that within the 2 years since 20l8 the Doe community Clara town road has been implemented, and so is the Soul clinic and Pipeline road, Johnsonville and Dicksville roads, the 2 flyer bridges that will increase the beautiful of Monrovia and plans to construct a road linking the VOA, Iron-gate and the Paynesville corridor are equally on course.
What the Weah government has been doing is spend more time on working than in empty talks that will never contribute to the urgency to bring development to the Liberian people, that is to focus more on deeds and results and not empty talking.
In this connection works on the l4th Military Hospital and the Redemption Hospital that were promised to the Liberian people are going on while an empty space near Sheffelin military barracks, is being cleared for the building of either housing units or military and Police barracks.
According to Fahngon, some critics need to be told that this administration inherited a broken economy, a mess up educational system that made education in Liberia to be considered sub-standard, a health sector that needed specialized training of more Liberian doctors as in many instances Liberians most of whom cannot afford the expenses had to travel abroad for specialized medical attention in surgery, cancer and others diseases.
“We are saying that President Weah has brought development to the Liberian people more than any other President in the past because despite clearing a debt of USD$9M owed to LEC for electricity, this government has introduced tuition free education in the nation’s public universities and college, which is also very remarkable and unprecedented,” Fahngon asserted.
The tough talking Deputy spokesman of government also mentioned that as a means of clearing the mess in the education sector this government continues to pay WAEC fees for unfortunate students every year, in addition to ensuring that every year students preparing to take the WAEC exams attend free tutorial classes supervised by the Ministry of Education.
Fahngon also noted that in the past fears were expressed in many quarters about an imminent loss to government of the sea-washing away the expensive Hotel Africa and its villas, the New Kru town D Twe high school and the coastal areas of West-point and others through soil erosion.
“Today with the involvement of government and partners as, there is no longer a need for fear as Coastal Defence-Walls are being built to contain the advancing soil erosion from the sea-coasts,” he intimated
What is unfolding is that the Liberian dream is gradually being realized by this government. The Ganta to Zwedru road, the Ganta to Tappita road, the Ganta to Sanniquellie road and the Ganta to Logatuo road at the Ivory Coast border paved roads are all on course.
After ascendancy to power, President Weah promised the Liberian people that Liberians will not be spectators in their own economy. In this regards, the government in collaboration with the World Bank Group spoke the same language on how to sustain economic growth and develop Liberia. Both the World Bank and the George Weah government underscored the need to bring development to the most backward parts of this country, and this was why it was agreed upon to build paved roads in the south-eastern parts of this country from Cesstown city of Rivercess county, to Sasstown, Greenville of Sinoe county and Barclaville in Grand Kru county, to link the capital cities of Rivercess, Sinoe, Grand Kru and Rivergee counties.
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