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Weah Unveils New Reforms …Vows Increment of Salaries for Public Sector Workers

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By E. Geedahgar Garsuah

MONROVIA In a buildup to the November 14, 2023 Presidential runoff, incumbent President George Manneh Weah of the ruling Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC), has made several colorful campaign promises.

While rallying support of voters in his bid for reelection to the nation’s highest seat, President Weah highlighted improvement of the country’s healthcare and education sectors.
He mentioned the necessity for employment and support of volunteer health and educational workers across the country.

Speaking to scores of partisans, supporters, and well-wishers on Wednesday, October 25, 2023 at the ruling Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC’s) National Headquarters in Congo Town, the Liberian leader expressed his determination to institute reform mechanisms in the healthcare and education sectors.
According to President Weah, while the fact remains that wages of medical practitioners saw an increment from the inception of the CDC led administration, such reform was not extended to all public sector workers, including clinical health workers, nurses, midwives, physician assistants, lab technicians, security personnel, and teachers.

President Weah who will face Ambassador Joseph Nyuma Boakai of the former ruling Unity Party (UP), in the pending Presidential runoff committed to improving the salaries of all public sector employees.
Ensuring an improved working environment, coupled with better wages that commensurate with the Liberia’s current economic situation also made it to the list of President Weah’s runoff election campaign manifesto.
Weah: “I am announcing the end of voluntary workers’ programs both in the health and education sectors. All health workers and teachers currently volunteering will be placed on the payroll beginning January, 2024.”

In furtherance to this commitment, President Weah noted that if he is reelected, government will subsidize the payment of fees for public school students, including registration and graduation fees, and explore a tuition-free policy for grades 1-6 in all public schools.

The implementation of a nationwide cadet program for young graduates is also part of their campaign promise.
Additionally, President Weah expressed his desire to include traditional leaders on the government’s payroll and emphasized his determination to lead Liberia into a brighter future, continuing the work of the CDC-led government and building a stronger, more prosperous nation.
President Weah also discussed plans to expand the capacity of the Liberia Electricity Corporation, promote industrialization, and create more job opportunities.
He highlighted the reconstitution of the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission and his commitment to fighting corruption and ensuring accountability in government.
“We will similarly continue to empower every integrity institution, including the IAA and the LACC, while making sure that they work together to move the fight against corruption to a new level. We will also double our efforts to address concerns about livelihood, employment conditions of civil servants, and youth empowerment,” Weah said.
“Your dedication to our democracy and the peaceful exercise of your right to vote is a testament to the strength of our nation. I must commend the National Elections Commission for their tireless efforts in successfully implementing this massive democratic endeavor in a peaceful, credible, fair, and transparent manner,” Weah said.
“I pledge to continue working tirelessly and to do so if the privilege of another six-year mandate is granted to me. To all Liberians who participated in the exercise of their constitutional right to vote, I want to thank you for helping to consolidate our democratic credentials as a nation,” he said.

“We will continue to grow our economy in order to provide more jobs for Liberians, including creating jobs in the small and medium enterprises sectors and in key sectors like agriculture and manufacturing,” he said.
He continued: “As a start, we will re-examine the Beach & Waterways Program and bring it back under the supervision of the Liberia Maritime Authority. This is intended to abolish the ad hoc approach that has affected this crucial program, which is a source of income for thousands of young people.”
President Weah acknowledged instances of violence during the campaign period and emphasized the need for national reconciliation, healing, and sustaining peace in the country.

Regarding the recent violent incidents in Foya, Lofa County, and Somalia Drive in Monrovia, President Weah assured that the security forces have made arrests, and investigations are ongoing. The President nevertheless, reiterated the need for Liberians to rise above electoral and other kinds of violence.

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