The President of Liberia’s Annual Memorandum Dirges Challenging Times……It is very disappointing for us in this generation to have seen the Unity Party Government over ten years of leadership and being paid over US$16 billion in Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) and many other millions of dollars from development partners, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is contending with constructing a vivacious economy for present and future generations.
Our future is at stake in Liberia, security and investment has deteriorated over the years due to bad governance. We find it very misleading that Liberian security personnel can protect the country after UNMIL. “We are confident that our security forces will meet the challenge of protecting our nation and our people when UNMIL leaves but make no mistake National security is by no means the exclusive domain of the government and security agencies but collective responsibilities of all citizens,” the president of Liberia supposed. Our expectations of the President’s speech felt below 40%, it should have been strategies about developing our economy, security, agriculture, and education.
Since 2006, the generation that lobby and stood against governments in the past has all appears to be lying to us. Nothing look to be changing after electing “Repeated Corrupted Politicians.” All that have changed is about them, it is never about the peasants who survive on the produce of the Country. Though the President and her substitutes usually boast of marvelous upsurge in the country’s national reserve nevertheless, things have not been auspicious as a result of some tremors that the economy continues to experience.
Rendering the president of Liberia, she specified that the economy was put on a growth trajectory that led to GDP growth of 8.2 percent in 2006, which peaked at 12.7 percent in 2007, placing Liberia among those sub-Saharan African countries that were recognized as a fast growing economy on the continent. President Sirleaf said this growth trend was short-lived as the country experienced the first shock that grew out of the 2008 global financial crisis which slowed the pace of investment resulting in a GDP growth decline to 5.1 percent in 2009. The president of Liberia has failed to explicate how well the government had developed new strategies in meeting future challenges in the Country.
Moreover, the President of Liberia also elucidated that “the second shudder came from the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreak in 2014. “It threatened our lives and our livelihoods failing the health sector and paralyzing the economy. This was concomitant with the third shock – a sharp decline in global prices of our two main exports: iron ore and rubber. As a result, real GDP growth plummeted from an original forecast of 5.9 percent to 0.7 percent in 2014”, the President of Liberia whispered. The president of Liberia and her government also failed to inform the public as to how they have implemented strategies to develop the healthcare sector and increase preventive measures for all future diseases.
We have also disagreed with the president of Liberia, that in 2015, the economy of the Country experience suppressed growth not only to falling prices of its prime export commodities and the effects of the Ebola Virus outbreak but also to the ongoing drawdown of the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) which mainly affected the services sector. This aspect articulates that Liberia is not fully preparing to take over its security. It is significant that the president of Liberia come up honestly and inform its citizens that the Country stills require the assistance from the United Nations and International Community with regards to security and development. Liberia is still unsafe and opened for less investments.
The president of Liberia lamented “that the real GDP growth declined further to 0.3 percent in 2015 compared to the original forecast of 6.8 percent. The foundation of economic diversification already set in place by this administration could not, in the short run, absorb these unforeseen shocks”, the president distinguished. What a gap? Liberians are left in a stage of dilemma without any hope from this present government. What we see is less security, less development, less agriculture, and less education for all Liberians in the next ten years. It all has to change and Liberia place among reputable Countries in Africa.