‘I Inherited A Broke Country’, Says President Weah In Paris

© AFP | Liberian President George Weah spoke at a conference on education in Paris on the first day of his official visit to France.

President George Manneh Weah who is currently visiting Paris, France on what is considered as a ‘Private Visit’ Tuesday pledged to fight endemic corruption as he spoke about how he inderited what he called a “broke country” on the first day  visit to Paris.

According to the Expatica online news outlet, the Liberian leader told French journalists, “I inherited a country that is very broke, depleted by political malfeasance. We have to make sure that the things that happened will not happen again,” Weah said.

“I ordered a complete audit to make sure that what belongs to the government goes to the government.”

Weah also spoke at a conference about another top priority, education for young people who represent 60 percent of 4.7 million Liberians.

“I believe in education. Yes, I didn’t have the opportunity in my early days but after my carrier I went back to school. Today I can boast of a masters degree,” said the new leader, who grew up in a Monrovia slum.

Founded 170 years ago by freed slaves, Liberia is “the oldest African country but we don’t have an engineering school. We don’t even have a diagnosis centre to tell if someone has Ebola,” Weah said, vowing to do more to get children in school and “to leave the street”.

On his first foreign trip as president, Weah on Wednesday will meet with French President Emmanuel Macron at the Elysee Palace, along with several sports figures, and vice president of the World Bank for Africa, Makhtar Diop.

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.