United People’s Party Standard Bearer MacDonald A. Wento has served a “notice” on corruption and “all who are its clients,” warning that a “UPP-led government will not give sanctuary to corruption.”
Wento’s “notice” was contained in a statement he read during a press conference at the party’s headquarters in Sinkor outside Monrovia Wednesday.
According to Wento, corruption has left the country far behind in terms of human and economic development, hurting the family which is the basic unit of society.
“Corruption has torn families apart and taken away the opportunities our youths desperately need to make their lives better,” he added.
The UPP Standard Bearer stated that it was disheartening that in a country with many natural resources, 70 percent of the people living outside Monrovia, the capital, cannot afford US$1.25 for a day’s meal.
“How do you explain the prisoner’s dilemma of thousands of our fellow citizens being out of work, and having no opportunity for employment or develop the necessary skills to find jobs that pay a living wage?” he asked.
Wento stated that in a country like Liberia with plenty of natural resources and a minute population, no child should go to bed hungry and no family should be separated because parents cannot afford basic needs.
“Within the past 11 years, the Unity Party-led Government has signed away 40 percent of the land to concessions where 30 percent of our rural people live,” he pointed out.
He added: “Some of the concessions will be here for 25 to 65 years, making money off our resources. Almost all of these concessions will not build factories in Liberia or add value to our raw materials. They will take our raw materials to other countries and build their factories there.”
He said they will produce rubber buckets, plastic plates, and slippers with our rubber, cutlasses, hoes and steel bars with our iron ore; jewelery with our gold and diamond.
According to Wento, the concessions will then bring those finished products back to Liberia and sell them at unaffordable prices, take our jobs to other countries and, in return, sell us products we do not have the earning power to buy.