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“Lot More To Do Together” …Weah Craves Nation’s Renewed Determination For Peace & Progress

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By: E. Geedahgar Garsuah, Snr.

MONROVIA: Incumbent President, George Manneh Weah, has entreated public officials to be diligent and to demonstrate proficiency in the discharge of their duties.

He said, this is necessary, on the part of state officials, despite the numerous successes his government, led by the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC), has made during its first six-year constitutional tenure.

The Liberian Leader made the comments when he delivered his 6th State of the Nation Address (SONA), before a Joint Session of Liberia’s 54th National Legislature on January 30th, 2023, on Capitol Hill in Monrovia.

“As you go through the Sixth Session of this august body and the Final Year of the First Term of our Administration, let us be reminded that, although we have worked hard, there is still a lot more to do together,” he told the Lawmakers.

The Liberian Leader emphasized the urgency for public officials to kick against contentment.
Weah maintains that public officials must serve with renewed vigor and diligence as lots more need to be done to ensure the full success of the Government’s flagship national development program, styled: “Pro-Poor Agenda for Development and Prosperity.”
“We must now recharge our energies and re-double our efforts to complete what we started five years ago, in a spirit of cooperation and collaboration, so as to fully realize the goals and objectives of the Pro-poor Agenda for Prosperity and Development,” President Weah emphasized.

Weah, a former global soccer legend, turned politician, is seeking a second six-year constitutional term via the much-heralded October 10, 2023, Presidential and Legislative Elections.

In his 6th and Final SONA for his first Six-Year Constitutional Term, Weah, a former Senator of votes-rich Montserrado County and United Nations Ex-Goodwill Ambassador, bragged that the CDC- led government, under his stewardship, has been loyal and diligent in the discharge of the popular mandate it received from the Liberian electorate in 2018.
According to him, in spite of the litany of undesirable predictions that greeted his ascendency to the Liberian Presidency, his government has achieved majority of its promised national development plans and programs.

“The naysayers and the prophets of doom are perplexed by the progress that we have made. Those who have eyes to see will bear witness to how hard we have toiled in fulfillment of the constitutional mandate that was given to us by an overwhelming majority of the Liberian people,” he declared.

“Together over the past five years, we have fought a good fight, collectively, we have undeniably managed to preserve the peace of the nation, which has become the ultimate goal of all of our national undertakings. And for this, the government alone cannot take the credit,” President said in the SONA.

According to the incumbent Liberian leader, “every Liberian played a pivotal role in the government’s success story, in various ways, no matter how large or small.”

Touching on some of the challenges the government faced since its inception to state’s power, Weah, who won the Titles of Europe’s Best, Africa’s Best and World’s Best Player in 1995 pointed out that despite the severe damages done to the Liberian Nation by COVID-19 Pandemic, which contributed immensely to slumps in the global economy, Liberia continues to make noteworthy progress.

“We have endeavored to mitigate the exogenous shocks that have come our way, and in doing so, we have remained resilient as a united people,” President Weah added.

He vowed to work assiduously to honor the confidence and trust that have been reposed in him by the Liberian people.

President Weah further assured his compatriots that because they have shown him unprecedented love and support since his ascendancy to state power, he would, in return, not fail them.

He boasted that though the deadly COVID-19 Pandemic may have delayed it, certainly, the pandemic did not derail his government’s national development agenda and the consolidation of the nation’s peace and democracy.

“The government will, during the next few months leading up to October of this year, continue to accelerate, continue to build on the momentum, and continue to deliver,” Weah humbly told the Nation.

President Weah used the occasion which was graced by chains of local and foreign dignitaries including members of the Diplomatic Community in Liberia that he will shortly ask Liberians to renew, for the second time, the mandate they gave him six years ago.

Weah: “It is a mandate to continue the good work we have delivered; a mandate for continuity and stability; a mandate for transformation; a mandate for development and growth; a mandate to consolidate and secure the peace, a peace that we – with your help – have perfectly preserved.”

“This second mandate will enable us to consolidate the gains we have made in these last few years and ramp up the trajectory of growth, development, and prosperity for Liberia,” he declared.

The President urged all Liberians, regardless of political affiliations, religious beliefs, or ethnic origins, to join him, to “together wrestle back the years lost to civil conflict and war, and restore Liberia to its rightful place among the comity of nations, to a higher place of peace and prosperity.”

“We can do this, and we must all do it together. We will be coming to meet you in your towns, in your villages, in your districts, in your clans, and in your cities, so that together, we can build a strong partnership for Liberia’s progress,” he reiterated.

He asserted that from all indications, his government has played its part in delivering on most of the promises made while similarly preserving the nation’s hard-earned peace and nurturing its democratic values.

The President indicated that the country is on an irreversible trajectory of sustainable growth that will necessarily and inevitably lead it to progress as a nation and prosperity as a people.

“When we came before you to ask you for our first mandate, we promised to bring you Change for Hope. Now, after going with you on the journey thus far, you have seen the Change,” he declared.

“We now want to assure you that this is the change that you can count on. The challenge and legacy that I would like to leave for the younger generation is that you should not just feel leadership, but you should also claim it,” President Weah concluded.

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