Pres. Weah Addresses Nation Today
-But What Do Liberians Expect?
President George Manneh Weah is expected to deliver his second state of the Nation Address today, January 28, 2019.
Ordinary Liberians, government officials, international guests, civil society actors and representatives of foreign missions accredited near Monrovia are reportedly amongst privileged individuals to grace the occasion which, according sources near protocol officers, is being designed in grand style. Although it not clear what is contained in the President’s speech, many are anticipating that the Liberian leader would amongst other things speak on the state of the economy and how the government intends to alleviate the prevailing economic crisis in the country and perhaps, he might likely comment on how far investigation has gone on the reported missing billions.
Pres. Weah, according supporters would reported to the Liberian people the achievements his administration has made in the last one year and challenges that confronted the regime in the implementation of the pro-poor agenda.
The Liberian leader took the mantle of state power on January 22, 2018 and delivered his first state of the Nation Address later on, but told the Liberian people that he could not vouch some of the things that were included in the speech since had just taken over from his predecessor, Madam Ellen Johnson Sirleaf whose 12 year reign critics say, was characterized by endemic corruption.
He is being praised in many quarters, mostly amongst people living in shantytowns for his determination to accelerate the infrastructure agenda of the CDC-led administration by first targeting areas where poverty is visible, but critics are of different view, saying the President has not done much.
Pres. Weah came to power when the economy of the country was already in negative situation; his predecessor, Madam Sirleaf predicted difficult times ahead three years before she surrendered power to Pres. Weah. Madam Sirleaf presided over the country’s economy for 12-years but failed to do much improve the economy.