First Appearance At 30th AU Summit, President George Weah Stresses Anti-corruption For Africa’s development

President Weah at AU Summit in Addis Ababa (Photo Credit: Acarous Moses Gray)

ADDIS ABABA, Jan. 28 (Xinhua) – Senator George Weah, the 24th President of Liberia in his first appearance at the African Union on Sunday, stressed anti-corruption efforts towards Africa’s development.

Speaking at the opening session of the 30th African Union (AU) Assembly of Heads of State and Government, Weah said that “Corruption is a plight that seems to present itself in all of our countries and manifest itself in many forms.”

“I and my government will benefit immensely from the discussion on the most important theme of the conference –Winning the Fight Against Corruption: A Sustainable Path to Africa’s Transformation,” he said.

Liberian leader, Geworge Weah arriving for the AU summit (Photo Credit: Acarous Moses Gray)

According to Weah, corruption hinders Africa’s progress and development. He also said that corruption has made it difficult for the African people to reach their true and fullest potential.

He further indicated his aspirations that the Assembly of Heads of State and Government will strengthen Africa’s determination and political will to tackle the challenges that emanate from corruption.

Upon arrival at the summit (Photo Credit: Acarous Moses Gray)

Weah, who was greeted by fellow African leaders in his first ever appearance at the AU, also vowed to work together with other African countries for common development.

“I am convinced that fellow colleagues that, with your help and guidance, I will be able to deliver on the promises I have made to the Liberian people, the promises that are intended to address poverty and create a conducive environment which their dreams and aspirations will be realized,” said Weah.

“I look forward to working with you as all strive to maintain peace in our continent in order to provide the security and stability that each and all our countries need to grow and prosper,” he added.

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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.