President George Manneh Weah has reassured Liberians of his Administration’s commitment to promote national peace, human rights, protection of women and girls, and the overall development of the country.
The grateful Liberian leader was speaking Tuesday, January 22, at the Thanksgiving and Prayer service themed: “We Thank God”, marking one year in office as the 24thPresident of the Republic.
He called on his compatriots to not allow themselves be depressed by what they want to see done and then forget to be thankful for what has already been achieved.
“Some of us dwell on things that seem impossible rather than focusing on accomplishing things that can be possible,” the President said, having offered a special prayer for international partners and friends of Liberia and a song unto God Almighty.
On the 22nd of January 2018, George Manneh Weah alongside his running mate, Jewel Howard Taylor, were sworn in before a mammoth jubilant crowd, including visiting heads of State and diplomats at the Samuel Kanyon Doe Sports Stadium in Paynesville, to witness the first democratic transfer of power from one elected government to another in 73 years.
That was nearly a month after the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) c candidate Weah defeated then ruling Unity Party’s Joseph Boakai by 732,185 votes (61.5%) to 457,579 votes (38.5%) in a runoff poll at the end of 2017.
Moreover, on Tuesday, Dr. Weah expressed appreciation to Liberians for the confidence reposed in him to serve the nation by giving him a popular mandate.
He equally thanked God for granting him such opportunity in his lifetime, saying: “Glory to God for all he has done for us and our country.”
In the meantime, the president indicated that ‘cross-party’ cooperation and the involvement of all citizens in the spirit of love for country was needed to move Liberia forward, whereby the needs of the people in view of delivering on basic social services, infrastructure, especially roads, better healthcare, education, and youth and women empowerment, among other pro-poor initiatives, can be fully actualized.
On his part, the guest preacher at the service, Bishop Dr. George Harris of the Philadelphia Central Church International, cautioned citizens against acts that have the proclivity to ‘tear’ the country apart in many forms, adding that there is no other such place as Liberia in the whole world.
Top church leaders offered thanksgiving prayers to God for the progress the government has made thus far, using as case study the Doe Community Road; Bishop Michael Francis Road; Chugbor Road; and Johnsonville Road. Other projects are the Ministerial Complex; Somalia Drive; 14 Military Hospital and new Airport Terminal, among others.