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Citizens give mixed views on Weah’s 100 days

Statistics from an ongoing assessment being conducted by the group National Youth Movement for Transparent Elections or NAYMOTE shows that Liberians have started to critique performance of the administration of President George Manneh Weah’s.

The statistics mainly focuses on the 100 days’ deliverables of the Weah Administration. The evaluation is being conducted on the following pillars of the Coalition for Democratic Change or CDC-led government, including Orientation and Empowerment, Security, Water and Sanitation, Health Care Delivery, Quality Education, Reconciliation, Corruption & Accountability.

The evaluation, conducted in Weala, Margibi County says some respondents expressed satisfaction for the government’s 100 days in office, while others are unhappy over alleged failure to follow the pillars named above.

In Salala, Bong County, all the pillars were placed under the not satisfy category of the statistics by a majority of the participants, while in Totota, Bong County, some were placed in the satisfied group and some in the not satisfy category.

The assessment is carried on with local authorities such as commissioners, paramount chiefs, general town chiefs, town chiefs, youth leaders and eminent citizens, among others engaged in interactive discussions.

Speaking to this paper, Margibi County Coordinator of NAYMOTE Osei Tutu Gbassakollie, explains that the exercise is about assessing citizens’ opinions on the major platforms of the CDC-led government to know how they judge the work of the new administration in its first hundred days though according to him, it is still early to say whether the government has failed or succeeded.

He says they usually have interactions with the participants and at the end of the day sample citizens’ views under the following categories: Satisfied; Not satisfy, I don’t know, and Very satisfied.

According to Mr. Gbassakollie, specifically the result from Salala District, Lower Bong County, 19 out of 24 respondents are not satisfied with water and sanitation, while 17 out of 24 are not satisfied about education, 21 out 24 not satisfy with healthcare, 24 out of 24 not satisfy about security, 22 out of 24 not satisfy with orientation and empowerment, 22 out 24 not satisfy about reconciliation, and 14 out of 24 not satisfy about corruption and accountability, respectively.

He notes that the sampling is prompted by the fact that majority of the citizens in both counties voted for the CDC led by Ambassador George Weah, adding that some of the people say they never a manifesto for the Coalition during the campaign, but they voted on the basis of love for the institution and its leadership.
This, he noted, would also tell whether the government is living up to the people’s expectation.

By Ramsey N. Singbeh, Jr. in Margibi-Editing by Jonathan Browne.

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