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President Weah’s Gov't Begins Bearing Good Fruits? (Part One)

Jacob N.B. Parley
H.E. George Manneh Weah, President of the Republic of Liberia
H.E. George Manneh Weah, President of the Republic of Liberia

The Late Prince Nico, in one of his songs, Nature, contends that good trees bear good fruits while bad trees bear bad fruits. In the same music, he argues that nature does not really cheat; meaning that anything an individual does is what he is paid for.


When I was a kid, we used to hear something like “Bad pays bad and good pays good.”

All of these things are meant to teach the reality of life, though it may not come out in a perfect way at all times. But the fact is that when you plant rice, you will harvest rice and not potatoes.

After many years of listening to this meaningful music and carefully looking at some of the things happening in life today, I do strongly concur with the fallen African musical icon that indeed good trees bear good fruits.

The Author

Blending the music with what is now obtaining in Liberia following the 2017 Presidential and Legislative Elections, I believe that   the media community in Liberia, Liberians in general as well as the international community have begun taking note of what President George   Weah said when he formally took the Oath of Office on January 22, 2018, in his capacity as President of the Republic of Liberia.

The former international football icon and former Montserrado County Senator, as I mentioned from the Genesis of this article, was formally sworn in at the Samuel Kanyan Doe Sports Complex in Paynesville, outside Monrovia as the 24th President of the Republic of Liberia.

The inaugural ceremony attracted a number of regional and world leaders. Besides, hundreds of Liberian youth, most of whom constitute Liberia’s nearly four million population graced the occasion.         

Based on statistics from the National Elections Commission of Liberia, the country’s electoral body, these young people dominated those who took part in the 2017 Presidential and Legislative Elections in the country.

Challenges:

President Weah is taking over a country that is plagued with a lot of problems, among them is high unemployment rate, high level of illiteracy and a labor sector that is clearly frustrating because of a number of issues, including low wages as well as weak or non-existent merit system, among others.

During his inaugural speech at the Samuel Kanyan Doe Sports Complex, the Liberian Chief Executive vowed to put in place appropriate programs and policies that will put smiles on the faces of Liberians.

The new Liberian Chief Executive’s inaugural address, including other public statements being made since he formally took over  from, now former President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf are dominated by the Pro-Poor Agenda.

I am of the conviction that President Weah is determined to do what he pledged to do for Liberians, the fact that he keeps re-echoing that nothing will be done to betray the confidence reposed in him by the people of Liberia.

I may not quote him word for word, but just as I said from the beginning, I want to believe that President Weah’s public utterances are well-thought and well-tailored before being released to the public. On such basis, I want to believe that he is really prepared and determined to address the issues at bar.

Basis for  Argument:

The major reason for putting these ideas together through this medium is to highlight what appears to be the beginning of a very good future for Liberians under the CDC-led Administration, relative to the commitments made by two credible international partners.

They are the African Development Bank and the World Bank.

To reflect a bit, the African Development Bank, through its President, Dr. Adewumi Adesina made a commitment of $10 Million United Sates Dollars to the Government of Liberia.

Mr. Adesina who was recently in Liberia said the amount would shortly be released to the Liberian Government to support the budget of the country.

The commitment to Liberia, though not the African Development Bank’s first assistance, is a like a constructive pay back for Liberia’s pivotal role in establishing the Bank many years ago.

For instance. Dr, Adesina made reference to a prominent Liberian, the late Dr. Romeo Horton, one of the brains that were behind the birth of the Bank.

As many Liberians, including me started celebrating the African Development Bank’s pronouncement, the  World Bank, another key global partner to Liberia  announced  a $25 Million United States Dollar budgetary support grant for Liberia. The amount, based on what I followed on ELBC Radio, supported by a press statement on the Executive Mansion Website is aimed at supporting President Weah’s vision for road connectivity, including a coastal highway for Liberia. 

The disclosure was made when a delegation from the World Bank and the Liberian Government formally signed an agreement on Friday, February 2, 2018 in Liberia.

World Bank Country Director for   Ghana, Liberia and Sierra Leone, Henry Kerali, represented his institution during a courtesy call on President George Weah at his Rehab Residence, outside Monrovia.

Mr. Kerali said the World Bank is committed to supporting President Weah’s infrastructural agenda by prioritizing road construction.
During the discussion, he also spoke about his entity’s plans for the pavement of the Ganta-Tappita Highway, including the possibility of paving the Tappita-Fish Town Highway.

Analysis;

The reason for saying I am personally sensing that the CDC-led Government is like commencing the bearing of good fruits is that the international community is noted for adopting what is called  “the Wait and See Attitude”  in dealing with governments around the globe, especially new governments.

One of the reasons for such approach by the World Bank, in fact including all other international partners is that they want to ensure that their monies are not wasted. Among other matters, these international partners are noted for setting high bench marks before getting their blessing.
From what I have been following over the years, good governance and the rule of law, through credible justice system are among some of the issues always emphasized by these institutions.

I know somebody may argue that making the commitment is one thing and having it translated into reality is another, or perhaps the more difficult stage between the two.

But I think such pronouncement by the African Development Bank and the World Bank at the embryo stage of President Weah’s Administration is commendable as it suggests to me that the CDC-led Government is beginning to bear good fruits as early as it is.

However, it requires the government to demonstrate those things that will ensure that these pronouncements are translated into reality, especially with timeliness. Let me make it clear that every well-meaning Liberian, whether a political appointee or not has to be part of the process of encouraging the international community to do   real and tangible business with Liberia by demonstrating good citizenship, patriotism and love for country.

I pledge to be part of national efforts committed to helping President Weah succeed!


About the author:

Jacob Parley is   a Certified Media Trainer, former Vice President for the Press Union of Liberia, former Secretary General to the Training and Manpower Development Committee of the Press Union of Liberia and a 2011 Graduate of the Foreign Service Institute, etc.
Jacob is reachable through: jacobtheancestor@yahoo.com/0886560455/0777604576

 


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