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Prez. Weah names gov’t priorities at first cabinet retreat

Jos Garneo Cephas
President George  Manneh Weah addressing the Buchanan's Cabinet retreat
President George Manneh Weah addressing the Buchanan's Cabinet retreat

MONROVIA, LIBERIA-President George Manneh Weah has presented a four-pillar key priority areas for his administration to tackle in line with the government‘s Pro-Poor Agenda ,including power to the people, economy and jobs, sustaining peace, governance and transparency.

President Weah, therefore, cautioned all heads of State-owned enterprises and autonomous agencies, and county superintendents to take stock of key issues, develop strategies to address challenges faced by his administration aim at realizing the 100 days priorities.

The Liberian leader spoke at the opening of his government’s first cabinet retreat meeting which began Thursday, May 17, 2018 in Buchanan City, Grand Bassa County at Hotel Buchanan.

President Weah told all heads of State-owned enterprises and autonomous agencies, and county superintendents, including other official of government attending the retreat, to assess the state of the economy, presidential priorities and policies, and government communication strategy. 

Meanwhile, the Liberian Chief Executive used the retreat to assure that his government will act swiftly on findings of committee he constituted to probe the Global Witness Report, indicating some past and present government officials.

President Weah said: “Those culpable will be dealt with in accordance with law. This government under my watch will not condone any acts of corruption or mismanagement of public funds.”

He assured citizens and foreign partners of Liberia and reminded his cabinet members to ensure that government justifies the public confidence reposed in them by diligently discharging their duties.  

The meeting which ends Friday, May 18, 2018, is expected to synchronize all government deliverables and select key priorities for execution in the next six months.

As part of government’s development agenda presentation to the Cabinet for implementation, the head of the President’s Project Implementation Unit, Michael Korkpor, said President Weah’s agenda is focusing on infrastructure, agriculture, youth development, education, health and social protection. 

 Mr. Korkpor pointed out that the project will also target the construction of low income housing for 4,000 rural dwellers across Liberia, and outline projects already implemented as the online registration and internet services at the University of Liberia.

Other are streets lights in Monrovia, provision of medical equipment at the JFK Hospital and the payment of the West Africa Senior Secondary Exam (WASSE) fees for about 30,000 high schools students.

Pending  under the Presidential Projects  for completion include the pavement of the Doe Community Road Project, repair of  broken down  National Transit Authority buses, and the construction of the proposed 14-Military Hospital. 


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