President George Mannah Weah has equated the much publicized Pro-Poor Agenda for Prosperity and Development to the Holy Bible.
President Weah said the hope of Liberians lies in the Coalition for Democratic Change five years’ development plan and urged all Liberians and international partners to promote the initiative and make sure that it works.
The Liberian leader made the comments over the weekend in Gompa City, Nimba County, at the official launching ceremony of the Pro-Poor Agenda for Prosperity and Development.
The CDC-led Government ‘blueprint’ includes, roads, health, education, agriculture, communication, good governance amongst others.
The Pro Poor Agenda for Prosperity and Development also adhere to the rule of law as well as zero tolerance against corruption.
According to the Government, about a million people are expected to lift out of poverty to prosperity.
President Weah said the plan is aligned with the African Union agenda 2063 and the global Sustainable Development Goals or SDGs.
Giving overview of the plan, Finance Development and Planning Minister, Samuel Tweah said everything that was lacking over the last 12 years has been crafted in the Government’s five-year plan.
Minister Tweah emphasized that the plan looks to deliver a minimum of 800 to 1500-kilometers of new pave roads across the Country, generate beyond 500-megawatts of electricity and reduce tariff by liberalizing the sector.
Minister Samuel Tweah further narrated that the plan will transform the human capital space of Liberia by increasing students’ enrollment and ensured that adequate qualified teachers are placed in the classrooms.
The plan remains the core development strategy until June 2023 under the Liberia Vision 2030 framework and replaces the Agenda for Transformation (AFT) that was proposed and initiated during the regime of former Liberian President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf.
Meanwhile, President George Weah has vowed not to dismiss any member of his protocol staff for the dilemma he encountered at a jam packed Ganta United Methodist School gymnasium.
President Weah remained silent for nearly three minutes after taken the podium owing to the alleged poor arrangement of his speech; in the presence of high profile Government officials and International guests.
Apparently embarrassed by the poor protocol, President Weah teasingly said, “this is a pro-poor Government so we do things the pro-poor way.”
Similarly, Finance Minister Samuel Tweah was seen in a state of confusion, when he took the stage and realized that his speech was nowhere to be found.
Minister Tweah was heard repeatedly shouting in the hall, “Ministry of Finance people, where is my speech”?