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Weah’s Five- Year In Power Under X-Ray…As Gov’t Braggs of Successes

by News Manager

By: E. Geedahgar Garsuah, Sr.

MONROVIA: As the first six-year constitutional term of former football legend, now President of Liberia, George Manneh Weah, ends in October 2023, there are widespread debates in the public domain as to whether or not the incumbent President has fulfilled his inaugural and other promises made to the country since 2018.

The Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) led Government, headed by the former United Nations’ Goodwill Ambassador ascended to state power democratically in January 2018 through the collective efforts of three political parties including the former ruling National Patriotic Party (NPP), of former Senator and now Vice President of Liberia, Madam Jewel-Howard-Taylor; and Liberian People’s Democratic Party (LPDP), of former House Speaker, J. Alex Tyler; and Weah’s own Congress for Democratic Change (CDC).

According to 2017 run-off polls result released by the National Elections Commission (NEC), the three-party Coalition won 14 of Liberia’s 15 counties, constituting a whopping 61.5% votes.
Lofa was the only County that was not, by the election outcome released by the National Elections Commission (NEC), never chose the CDC at the polls, then.

During Weah’s induction ceremony held at the Samuel Kanyon Doe Sports Complex in Paynesville, outside Monrovia, and graced by hundreds of local and foreign dignitaries including some of the leading African leaders, President Weah told Liberians to not judge him by the eloquence of his speeches but by the quality of decisions in the governance of the country.

Those comments by President Weah were not taken likely by the opposition community and other observers as his governmental activities, programs and policies were monitored and captured by variety of pro-democracy, civil society organizations (CSOs), the media, among others.
One group that seems to have keenly followed President Weah and CDC-led administration’s promised national development projects, programs, political commitments, is NAYMOTE Partners for Democratic Development.
NAYMOTE has been in democratic and good governance advocacy since the erstwhile dreadful era of ex-President Charles Ghankay Taylor.

NAYMOTE’s recent release of its five-year report on the Weah-led government, which suggested that the incumbent Administration did not perform well, has effectively generated mixed reactions from both the Liberian ruling establishment along with its apologists on one hand, and key opposition political leaders and their supporters on the other hand across the country.

NAYMOTE, in its report, claims that it has been tracking President Weah and his Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) led Government’s activities over the last five years through its President Meter (Weah Meter) project.
Styled: “Weah Meter”, according to NAYMOTE, engages in the tracking of, and reporting on promises made by President Weah and the CDC government.
Notwithstanding, a FACTSHEET prepared and released by the Weah’s Administration, gave contrary perspectives as it relates to NAYMOTE’s report.
The government, in its FACTSHEET, released recently in Monrovia boasted of making many successes in its five years in power.

The release of the FACTSHEET is just few days to President Weah giving his last State of the Nation Address (SONA) to the Liberian Legislature as constitutionally required of any Liberian President.
Weah’s State of Nation Addresses (SONAs) often highlight numerous tangible development achievements of his Government since its ascendency to state power on January 22, 2018.
Moreover, the FACTSHEET tells it all that the CDC-led administration actualized several of its major development promises, bordering on the nation’s economy, roads connectivity, healthcare system and education among others.

Sectors where the Weah regime said it made tremendous interventions, which have helped improve national growth and development includes, infrastructures; microeconomic stability and growth, monetary and fiscal policies; public safety and national security; social inclusion and traditional governance.
Others are peace, human rights and rule-of-law; poverty reduction and the country’s growth profile; agriculture and forestry; public audit, decentralization and revenue sharing; price stability; youth development, gender and social protection.

On roads connectivity, which is one of the many hurdles that, for decades, have been affecting Liberia’s rapid growth and development, the incumbent Weah government said it has paved a total of 969kilometers new roads since its inception on January 22, 2018.
Placing the constructed roads in bracket, the FACTSHEET referenced 233kilometers of primary roads, connecting Ganta, Nimba County and Harper, Maryland County between the periods (2018-2022).

Successful constructions of 116kilometers of urban community roads were mentioned in the FACTSHEET.
The commencement of the Roberts International Airport (RIA) Highway road and the construction of more than 620kilometer of primary roads were mentioned.
According to the Government, it has put into place workable mechanisms that have reduced extreme poverty in Liberia by 8% over the last five years as clearly contained in the World Poverty Lab Index, while achieving a growth rate of 5% in 2022 with a medium term outlook to approach 6%.
The government insists that it has provided agriculture grants to more than 60,000 farmers across the country.

Additionally, aimed at strengthening and enhancing agricultural activities, the government constructed 200kiliometer roads; farm to market road.
On the critical issue of human rights and the rule of law, the government bragged of making milestone progress in said direction. The Weah-CDC-led administration highlighted the Enactment and Passage of the Dual Citizens or Dual Nationality law which protects the citizenship of natural born Liberians.
The expansion and operations of courts throughout the country and increased support to the Judicial Branch of government, including not having any political prisoners in jail since 2018 were also contained in the FACTSHEET.

The government also touted its resounding successes for keeping the price of Liberia’s staple food, rice, at the amount of US$13 per 25kilogram bag for almost five years.
It referenced the forfeiture of whopping or staggering US$10millions in revenue in fuel taxes by the government during the COVID-19 Pandemic as a way of keeping the price of fuel at a stable rate.

Additionally, the government narrated that it expended US$14million over two consecutive budget years to support the importation of rice due to the COVID-19 outbreak, then, and the raging Russia’s war in Ukraine, that is currently having severe economic impacts on almost every nation worldwide, with Liberian not being an exception.

On the vital matter of energy provision, the Weah-led administration says 140,000 households or 800,000 persons have been connected to the power grid since its ascendency to state power.
Moreover, US$65million has been invested in the energy sector of the country to secure electricity from Ivory Coast through the CLSG electric power lines. Drastic reduction in cost of electricity from US35cents per kilowatt hour to US$21 cents per kilowatt was also mentioned in the government’s success report as contained in the FACTSHEET.

It highlighted multiple and indelible successes in the printing and infusion of 48billion dollars local banknotes into the Liberian economy, while it facilitated the sharp reduction in the rate of inflation from 30% to a whopping 7%.
The government further bragged that this record of decreased in the inflation rate from 30% to 7% is the “fastest collapse in inflation rate in Liberia’s history.”

The FACESHEET released by the Government listed the increment of doctors’ monthly earnings from as low as US$700 to as high as US$2,000, the addition of 2,500 healthcare workers to state’s payroll and the provision of advanced home-based specialized medical training for more than 101 doctors.

The vaccination of over 80% Liberians against the deadly COVID-19 virus and Liberia record as being the third best performing countries in the containment fight of COVID-19 pandemic in Liberia in the West African region. Consequently, Liberia is 7th best in Africa as relates to the fight against the COVID-19 Pandemic, a move which is worthy of national celebration.

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