CDC's Political Leader Weah On State Failure - Blames Liberia's Woes On Leaders Lacking Passion
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“Since 1847, Liberia has never had a shortage of well-schooled, educated, and knowledgeable men and women to lead this country. The problem has been the lack leaders with passion for development and progress.” Those were words of CDC Political Leader George Weah when he spoke in Ganta, Nimba County, at ceremonies marking 10th Anniversary of the Party. Senator Weah maintains that the lack of leaders interested in development and the welfare of the people accounts for why Liberia remains one of the poorest countries in the world despite the immerse resources the country is endowed with.
George Weah said Liberians can trust CDC’s capacity to break away from the rich-but-poor phenomenon which the country and its people have faced over the years.
He assured Liberians that a CDC government will develop the country and lift its people from the abyss of poverty and degradation. He said the past and current generation of highly educated Liberian leaders continues to undermine development in this country because of the lack of development passion, thus resulting into high unemployment, a substandard education system, a poor healthcare delivery system, very poor and nonexistent infrastructure, higher level of poverty, and a plethora of other socio-economic and political woes of the country.
The CDC Political Leader told a jostling audience that the CDC was established as a compassionate and patriotic populist grassroots movement seeking to bridge and to fill the gap of underdevelopment in which the country has wallowed from time immemorial as a result of successive generation of failed, egotistic, and unpatriotic leaders.
The CDC standard-bearer-in-waiting said a thriving economy depends on a strong human capital base of the country. He said education, healthcare, electricity, and agriculture are crucial components of national development that are enshrined in the CDC agenda for development.
According to him, a CDC led government will establish a robust education system that will produce Liberian experts that will meet international standard.
Senator Weah noted further that under a CDC led government, there would be privatization of electricity in a manner that the telecommunication system is producing efficiency due to competition. “Electricity drives industrialization and its extreme scarcity and high cost within the country does not provide incentives for strategic and meaningful business activities throughout the country,” he said, and added: “The lack of governmental support is providing huge disincentives to farmers to produce the necessary food that will ensure food security within the country.”
Weah said majority of the food produced by the struggling farmers usually rot in their hands due to the lack of markets, food preservation storage facilities, good road network, and the purchasing power of consumers, which is a result of poverty and high unemployment. These conditions, he said, would be taken care of by a CDC led government providing significant subsidies to farmers to engage in productive mechanized farming that will assure food security for the country.
“A CDC led government will also strongly support a strong export sector that will encourage products that are made in Liberia before the end of the government’s first term after the 2017 elections,” he said. “It is therefore an historical imperative that the CDC led government comes to power in 2017.” Speaking on a range of other issues, the Montserrado County Senator said peace is cardinal to development and it can only be achieved through social justice, equal opportunity and equitable distribution of the national wealth.
He said it is very shameful that Liberia, which had the second highest GDP in the world next to Japan in 1966, continues to be mired in the quagmire of growth without development.
The senator evoked segment of a robust USAID sponsored economic report presented by a renowned development economist, Robert Clower, conducted between 1961-1962, alarmingly showed the massive economic imbalance between rural and urban areas of the country that resulted into towns and villages rather than modernized cities.
Senator Weah further noted that this “parasitic rather than generative” leadership style of the successive leaderships in Liberia is a classic example of what he termed as knowledge without passion.
“The endemic level of corruption, greed, andselfishness rained on the country by these successive generations of highly knowledgeable but non-compassionate leaders is the primary driver of the economic down turn of the country and that has not changed,” he said. The CDC leader wondered why the government of Liberia is yet to implement a mandate issued about 30 years ago instructing that chieftaincy election be conducted to elect local leaders.
He disagreed with the poor excuses by the government that it lacks the funding to conduct those elections, adding, “The primary reason for government’s unwillingness to conduct these elections is solely due to the lack of passion on the part of the government to implement such a remarkable process within our young democracy.” Senator did not forget to comment on the drawdown of UNMIL, stating that “the planned drawdown of UNMIL from the country to coincide with the 2017 elections is uncomfortable and raises serious security concerns.”
He said the Liberia National Police is not mature enough to be entrusted with the security apparatus of the country in the absence of UNMIL. He said the police is too politicized and often swayed by the ruling political party at the detriment of the entire country. He called on the United Nations and the international community to keep UNMIL in the country until its security apparatus is mature enough to professionally execute their constitutional duties for the benefit of all.
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