Scores of Liberians have called on the President George Weah of Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) to ascribe time to all of his projects and programs of his administration to keep track of happenings as well as for monitoring purposes.
Several citizens of Bentol City, the capital of Montserrado County, on Saturday as part of National Youth Movement for Transparent Elections (NAYMOTE) and Open Society Initiative of West Africa (OSIWA) ‘President Meter’ project town hall engagement, urged the President to
also provide time frame for promises made during the campaign periods that enable him win the 2017 election in Liberia.
According to the citizens by providing time frame to those promises he made will be very easy to track most of what the government have and have not done and will also set a stage for citizens to get the actual impact of those projects.
“We are urging the government to put a time frame to their promises this will help us follow their work closely and know which is done or not.
‘many promises were made during the campaign especially with focus on the free education, roads rehabilitation, construction of the 14Military Hospital amongst several others that we are yet to see,” Vice Principal of the Euphemia Barclay Elementary School, Samuel Coker
Discussing President Weah promise to provide free education, he disclosed that he is yet to see that come through in Bentol even at the point that schools have opened in the country.
“Since school reopened for academic 2018/2019 year, we at the administration of this Public School has not received any supplies from government including basic instructional materials from the Ministry of Education and we have written the ministry a letter of request as we were asked to because its slowing down our operations at the school here.”
“We are worried over the implementation of those projects that is why we believed that if there is time frame attached to those promises made the CDC government, the implementation of some of these promises will be assured through our engagements.
He used the medium on behalf of the residents of the Bentol city to call on President Weah to work with his citizens in order to fulfill his promises, especially towards upgrading the educational sector.
According to Liberia Peace Ambassador William Tolbert III, it’s time for Liberians to work together to track promises made in order to have develop nation.
He described the ‘President Meter’ project as an exceptional platform that afford citizens the opportunity to sit together at community level to productively discuss issues affecting them and put forth their recommendations that will help drive national development.
Mr. Joshua Cleon, the Program Officer of NAYMOTE explained that the community engagement is part of the President Meter project that was recently launched in Liberia in order to track those promises made.
“ There were 66 promises from the CDC’s Manifesto and 20 promises from speeches and other sources made by the President after his induction that we are following closely and this can only be done through everyone’s effort if we want a well develop nation,” he said during his presentation.
Mr. Cleon told the residents of Bentol that the overall goal of the project is to improve public accountability, public trust in the government and transparency in the management of Liberia’s governance processes adding that it can only be done through the collaboration of all Liberians.
He explained to them that the President’s Meter project is designed to ensure democratic accountability by documenting, monitoring, and tracking President George M. Weah’s government’s progress in the implementation of its campaign and governance promises under the “Change for Hope”