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In Five Years: “We Made Desirable Successes” -Weah Grades CDC Gov’t

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By: E. Geedahgar Garsuah, Snr.

MONROVIA: Incumbent President George Manneh Weah on Monday, January 30, 2023, graded himself with passing marks when he told the nation that his administration, in the last five years, has made “desirable successes” in the governance and development of Liberia.

President Weah made the pronouncements when he delivered his Sixth State of the Nation Address (SONA) before the Joint Session of Liberia’s 54th National Legislature, on Capitol Hill in Monrovia.

Weah’s Sixth SONA is in adherence to Article 58 of the 1986 Constitution of Liberia which mandates the President of Liberia, to on the fourth working Monday in January of each year, present the Legislative Program of the Administration for the ensuing session, and report on the State of the Republic, covering the economic condition of the Nation, including expenditure and income.

Article 58 states: “The President shall, on the fourth working Monday in January of each year, present the administration’s legislative programs for the ensuing session, and shall, once a year report to the Legislature on the state of the Republic”.

President Weah told the gathering of 103 Lawmakers including an array of other public officials from the Judicial and Executive branches, as well as local and foreign dignitaries that despite the numerous global economic and other challenges, the overall results, as it relates to his governance of the Liberian state, covering five years show remarkable successes.

President Weah said: “This year has a special meaning for me. In 2017, I was given a mandate by the Liberian people to steer the affairs of the country. For the past five years, the records show that we have achieved desirable successes in the last five years.”

The Liberian leader noted that his government has made remarkable marks in the country’s growth and development which amongst others include infrastructures; microeconomic stability and growth.

He also named sound monetary and fiscal policies, public safety and national security, social inclusion and traditional governance, peace, human rights and rule-of-law; poverty reduction and growth profile.

Other areas that the Liberian leader said his government has made remarkable achievements are agriculture and forestry, public audit, decentralization and revenue sharing, price stability, youth development, gender and social protection.

According to President Weah, due to the innovation of the CDC-led government, the availability of basics social services such as healthcare and education has been decentralized from Montserrado County to all parts of the country.

“In the areas of health and education, no longer must our people come to Monrovia to access basic services,” President Weah further intoned.

Speaking on the current state of the economy, the Liberian leader trumpeted that his Administration instituted robust economic policies which have placed Liberia in a better position amongst its counterparts in the sub-region.

According to President Weah, prior to the inception of his CDC-led government, Liberia’s macroeconomic outlook was in a “major distress,” where the exchange rate was plunged into “free fall.”
He avers that with the thoughtful economic prescriptions, Liberia currently enjoys a sound macroeconomic environment.

“Five years on, the result of painstaking reforms is out there for the world to see. Inflation has decreased from 30% to single digit, the stabilization of the exchange rate for the longest in recent history,” the Liberian leader declared.

He pointed out that a thorough reform of a “broken and unfair wage” scheme instituted by the erstwhile Unity Party (UP)-led government and the abolishment of general allowances also helped in improving the nation’s governance system.

President Weah noted that his government has made notable interventions which led to the pavement of the total of 969kilometers new roads since its inception on January 22, 2018.

President Weah said extreme poverty has been reduced by 8% over the last five years as also stated in the World Poverty Lab Index, while achieving a growth rate of 5% in 2022 with a medium-term outlook to approach 6%.

Detailed report of the President’s 6th SONA will be in our subsequent edition.

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