5-yr. Reflection

MONROVIA-Mounting the national political podium with international dimension five years ago, while it could have been perceived that it was all ha… Ha… Ha, bread, butter, wine, and great life, President George M. Weah was swift enough to declare to the world that he inherited a broken economy and a broken nation.

While such pronouncement was fiercely challenged and to a larger extent debunked by his (Weah’s) predecessor, Dr. Weah stood his ground and refused to falter regarding what form and shape of state he took over from former president Ellen. Johnson Sirleaf.

According to him, thereafter he unleashed his political manifesto as the roadmap to lead the already shattered country; a platform (manifesto) named and styled and popularly referred to as PRO-POOR AGENDA took center-stage enriched with every facet of national growth and development including people-centeredness embedded with emphasis.

Despite the tremendous efforts applied by the government to change the corners of things positively, and in spite of the limited resources to immediately enhance through fast-tracking several planned projects, it became an uphill fray; but with total composure, firm self-domination, and vigorous courage, the Pro-Poor has become a household catch phrase with praiseworthy and practical tangibles to point to as achievements.    

Looking back five years later when Dr. Weah has taken the troubled country, and now viewing the scope through the lens of a perceptible (concrete) setting, the government has several cardinal accomplished projects under its belt to be proud of as genuine achievements.

In a crisscross sampling of views, Mr. Portu Kemure, a social worker told this medium that President Weah did not obtain the name ‘Bad Road Medicine’ in vain rather, he (Weah) has proven to be just that beginning with road connectivity by the numerous roads constructed and conditioned exercise undertaken in the capital and around the country, thereby connecting the country that was once cut away from Monrovia, is commendable and no way to shy away from such practical outstanding development.

Mr. Joseph V.  Paigaryoua medical practitioner in River Cess joyously told this paper that since the inception of the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) led government, the health center’s landscape had transformed progressively and immensely with the renovations of many new health facilities including the hospital in River Cess County, the 14 Military Hospital in Margibi, the recently dedicated Emirates  Hospital in Bopulu, the renovation of several other government hospitals that were decaying in ruin, the purchase of a dialectics machine to cater to kidney’s patients which have not been in the hospital throughout the country and the on-going training of some medical doctors abroad in specialized fields are encouraging and a marvelous plus for the country and people.

Most people who wholeheartedly welcomed the profound development made in the healthcare delivery centers, also conceded that it is the nation and people’s greatest compliment to embrace the construction of couple of major hospitals that are ideally located at strategic places that will bridge the gap for places cut away from healthcare delivery system and urged the CDC-government that it is also imperative to state it clearly that marvelous structures are not what make hospitals.

Another batch that appreciated the diverse trend of development stressed the availability and affordable electricity now obtained in the country which empowered citizens and foreign residents to venture into the private business sector individually, which is most welcoming.

President Weah was equally extolled for relieving the heavy financial burden that parents were carrying in paying their children’s tuitions in the various public schools with emphasis on his traditional obligation and commitment to underwrite the examination fees of all senior students in Liberia, thereby enabling the youthful generation to acquire education without financial hurdles that could keep them out of school.

At the same time, some marketers including Ma Hawa Nufomingateh and Beatrice Wakadema at 14 Omega Market praised the Liberian Leader for his unflinching efforts to replace the at-risk youths with some empowerment for the future by opening a center where they can learn some trades that will change their livelihood, a behavior and transform them into good citizenship. They made specific mention of the recent graduation of the first group from the Boys Town Training Center which was graced by

the Chief Executive, something they described as a stitch in time.

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