The political leader of the opposition Alternative National Congress (ANC), and one of the presidential hopefuls for the October 10, 2017 general and presidential election has confidently said the Liberian Government designed Code of Conduct (CoC) which is hunting public officials will not have any impact on his candidacy for the presidency of Liberia come October this year.
Speaking with the GNN-Liberia in an exclusive interview Thursday, March 23, 2017 at his Party’s headquarter in Sinkor, the suburb of Monrovia, Mr. Alexander B. Cummings further said the issue of the Code of Conduct having an impact on him will be rubbished at the end of the day, when his lawyers and the court will make the ultimate decision on the issue.
Explaining the issue of his position as Board Member of the Booker Washington Institute (BWI) which has given rise to be paired with those caught in the Code of Conduct web, the ANC political leader said when he was asked to serve on the Board of BWI by the executive, he verbally accepted due to his passion to see the Country’s educational system moving to another level of improvement.
He said his selfless quest to serve on the Board of BWI, a premier vocational training institution in the Country, was intended to contribute his quota to the growth of that institution, and to also help in the upgrading of its vocational and technical services to the youthful population of the Country who are desirous of sound education.
Mr. Cummings said it would have been a disservice to Liberia, his home Country if such request from the executive asking for his professional contribution to Liberia’s educational system to serve was turned down by him, and also said his tenure on the Board of BWI was completely freed of any financial intake.
The ANC political leader speaking to the GNN-Liberia noted with keen interest that the ANC-led government during its administration after capturing the presidency for the 2017 elections, will take seriously the growth and development of the Liberian economy, also noted that his government during its lifespan will envision what he called, a sound economic policy for Liberia.
Mr. Cummings said, private sector growth and job creation will be the paramount target of his government, noting, “What we will do is to look at rules, regulations and how taxes are been generated, will be some of those things my government will take keen look at,” Mr. Cummings speaking further said.
He said the ANC led government will enforce the Liberianazation policy, and review laws of various sectors of the Liberian economy, including the Central Bank of Liberia (CBL) operations in order to help build that lost image that have been existed over the years, and at the same time focusing on Liberian businesses; getting government out of the way.
Speaking about the growth of the Liberian economy and how his government will help in getting involve in paving the way for Liberian businesses, the ANC political leader said “We will have weekly meetings to know how the economy is being run, while at the same time we will also look at how to help Liberian businesses through various commercial banks in improving and building their capacities”, Mr. Cummings said.
The ANC political leader who appeared confident of winning the 2017 general and presidential elections named four major pillars of his government when elected, as Job creation, agriculture, education, health and infrastructural
On the issue of corruption, the ANC political leader called on all Liberians to join the current Liberian Government in fighting corruption, noting that if anyone caught in the web of corruption he or she should be taken to the law, and further urged the government to take seriously in punishing those who finds this as a pleasure by robbing the country of its needy resources.
He also said people who are caught in such acts, people are always pleading in their behalf for their freedom, this situation Mr. Cummings said is not healthy for the Liberian society.
He urged the Liberian government to give more resources to the anti-corruption commission in order to bring to book those who are caught in these acts for possible prosecution.
“If me, Alexander B. Cummings hands are caught in the cookies’ jar of course which is not mine, I must be punished for it, I should not be left along with impunity, as it is done in most cases,” Mr. Cumming told the GNN-Liberia during the interview.
On the issue of corruption, Mr. Cumming recommended the prosecution of those people who are caught cheating or robbing the nation of it needy resources, stressing that those who accused of corrupt practices must be brought to justice, and should not go without been punished.