A Montserrado County District #9 representative aspirant Paulita C.C. Wie has called on students here to remain focused, positive and productive despite the challenges facing them.
Serving as guest speaker on Friday 31 March at the 48th Gala Anniversary celebration of the Building for Tomorrow International Mission School in the Lakpazee Community of Sinkor, Madam Wie encouraged students to count themselves very fortunate that they have the opportunity to be in school.
While citing Liberia as the oldest country in Africa, Madam Wie however said the country was still recovering from decades of civil instability and economic breakdown that have negatively impacted the governance process here with increasing corruption at every level, decreasing productivity and limited progress in the economy.
‘’When you read the newspapers every morning, you watch the television and listen to news on radio, you are left with no hope but to wonder why our people are so wicked and evil”, said Madam Wie.
While criticizing the condition of the country, she however said she recognized the progress under President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf leadership, and cited an instance that President Sirleaf is enjoying two terms of uninterrupted peace as Africa’s first female president.
But she argued that Liberians are yet to experience a major change in their individual lives after more than 11 years of sustained peace and stability. Madam Wie concluded that government has introduced several policies and programs aimed at reviving the economy, but progress is still very slow, evidenced by the economic decline and high cost of living here.
-Editing by Winston W. Parley