The Minister of Finance and Development Planning, Samuel D. Tweah, says President George Manneh Weah has made “great strides” within ten months of his ascension to power.
He outlined road infrastructure, agriculture, education, electricity, health and the fight against corruption as major achievements the government has made so far.
Tweah indicated that the President has implemented many road connectivity projects in and outside Montserrado County, noting that about 40 kilometres of roads have been constructed within ten months.
According to him, because of the love he has for Liberian students, the President also made registration at the state-run University of Liberia “very easy and simple for students” to avoid long queues to pay school fees.
“He did not stop there, but announced free tuition for undergraduate students at the University of Liberia after discussing with them on budgetary issues which had been a serious challenge for the University,” Finance Minister Tweah pointed out.
He added that, the President also fulfilled his campaign promise to pay West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) fees and tutorial classes fees across Liberia.
Speaking Thursday at the headquarters of the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) at a program marking the official dedication of the historic Sycamore Tree and the celebration of the one-year achievements of CDC Standard Bearer, President George Weah, Minister Tweah noted that, “this president came to power and took an axe and cut down the salaries of all government officials in the Republic of Liberia which was never done in this country.”
“Liberians will see more successes coming from the leadership of President Weah,” the Finance Minister said, adding: “The President of the Republic of Liberia recently fulfilled his promise by giving $3 million United States dollar loan scheme to small business people because he had earlier pronounced that Liberians will not be spectators in their own economy.”
He added: “This Government has also put two thousand health workers on payroll and increased wages which cost the Government US$11 million United States dollars.”
Tweah further pointed out that the president also within two months sent 18 doctors abroad for specialist training.
According to him, the CDC government inherited a US$9 million debt at LEC accrued over the last 12 years which could not be paid, “but in January when he spoke things began to work and now the debt the government owes is US$3,000 in less than 10 ten months of his administration.
Tweah also stated that the Government of Liberia owed US$65 million to the banks in the country over the last 12 years.
“Bankers came to me and said that the reason why we cannot lend money is because when Government owes us they don’t pay. This president has instructed me to work very hard with the banks and pay back theUS$65 million debt owed the banks,” he explained.
According to him, the Weah administration has also done well by cleaning the payroll of the Ministry of Education which has generated for government US$2 million from ghost names that were on the payroll.
He also commended President Weah for creating the road fund which has generated more than US$5 million for road connectivity in Liberia