Mr. Alexander Benedict Cummings, presidential candidate of the Alternative National Congress (ANC), one of the three presidential candidates who showed up at the second presidential debate yesterday, September 26, 2017 has vowed that if elected as Liberia’s next president he will ensured the provision of over six thousand jobs for jobless Liberians.
The corporate executive, and a renowned businessman during the debate thrilled hundreds of Liberians who were at the debate that the ANC led government will do all in its powers to alleviate poverty by empowering Liberians in creating job opportunities at all levels.
The debate organized by the Deepening Democracy Coalition (DDC) and held at the Paynesville City Hall, outside Monrovia brought together local and international observers for electoral activities, said these jobs would be created through investing into agricultural, infrastructure and tourism, thus, his government would create the avenue for young people to acquire a quality and vocational education.
“We are going to privatize infrastructure and by that we are going to create more jobs and if we must create more jobs our young people must be prepare for these jobs, so we are going to invest in vocational training so our young pepe can have the needed skills for the jobs,” Cummings noted.
The ANC presidential candidate in the October’s polls asserted that the creation of jobs is aimed at reducing the high level of unemployment rate among young people who constitute 65 percent of the country’s population.
Cummings added: “I view our young people as an asset. We have a youthful population and as such we are under obligation to invest in and develop these young people because they are the ones to take our nation to the next level.”
He indicated that he believes that the current government under the watchful eyes of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of the ruling Unity Party has not done well in addressing this crisis faced by young people across the country.
Cummings indicated that under an Alexander Cummings and Jeremiah Sulunteh led administration, the young people would be high on the agenda so as to get rid of some burning issues affecting young people.
Cummings among other things indicated that he would send between 20-25% of the country’s national budget towards education in order to addressing the educational system of Liberia.
The standard bearer of the ANC disclosed that his foundation, the Cummings Africa Foundation has already started working in the interest of educational sector of the country by providing tutorial for students across the country and paying WAEC fees for students.
“The Cummings Africa Foundation has provided tutorial for students across the country and has paid the West Africa Examination Council (WAEC) fees for students and we will allocate 20% of the country’s national budget towards education,” Cummings stressed.
The debate brought on board two other presidential candidate, Dr. Joseph Mills Jones of the Movement for Economic Empowerment (MOVEE), and Madam MacDella Cooper of the Liberia Transformation Party (LTP) who also showcased their platforms of a better Liberia