Opposition Alternative National Congress (ANC) presidential candidate Alexander Cummings has released his first 100 days deliverables if he gets elected president at the October 10 polls, with few more days left to close campaign here.
The former corporate executive – turned politician told ANC partisans at the party headquarters in Sinkor, 30 September that if elected, he will begin the construction of Kesselly Boulevard to immediately relieve congestion and connect both sides of Monrovia in the first 100 days.
Cummings says he will immediately identify and fix many of the critical spots that cause breakdowns on critical routes such as Rivercess to Maryland, Ganta to Tappita, Tappita to Zwedru, Ganta to Sanniquellie and ensure all road projects funded by [Liberian] tax dollars are built by Liberians.
He promises to create 100,000 immediate jobs [for] youth to rehabilitate social infrastructure, including schools, community health centers, and sanitation facilities in their communities.
The ANC political leader says he would launch US$20 million empowerment fund to support women and youth owned businesses as well as farmers.
“As part of empowerment plans for women in the first 100 days, Cummings says he would ensure that 30-40 percent of cabinet appointments will be females,” he says.
He promises to establish a Women Empowerment Council to make recommendations to the President on how to unlock economic opportunities for Liberian women, adding that he he would launch an annual US$5 million women empowerment program fund.
In order to boost the agriculture sector, the ANC presidential candidate says he would convene a forum with farmers and experts from across the country to make recommendations on how to double Liberian rice production within two years, cut the price of Liberian rice by 25% and improve the quality of Liberian rice seeds.
According to Mr. Cummings, the ANC-led government in its 100 days would also begin the enforcement of the Liberianization Policy, immediately conduct an audit of all businesses that are operating under the category secured for Liberians only.
He says he will institute the adoption of “Buy Liberian” procurement plan and maintenance policy by all government apparatus and parastatals to support domestic business.
In order to cut waste in government in the first 100 days, Mr. Cummings says he would issue Executive Orders to standardize vehicles and other capital purchases to reduce cost and waste in government; freeze all non-essential government travels, except those related to economic development objectives and restrict all approved travels to economic class.
To fight corruption in the first 100 days, Mr. Cummings says he would strengthen the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC), General Auditing Commission (GAC), Public Procurement Concession Commission (PPCC) and Internal Audit Agency (IAA).
He makes a call on Liberians to join the ANC bandwagon to ensure the implementation of the plan intended to ‘fundamentally change Liberia’.
“I want us to believe in our country and in ourselves; to believe we deserve a better Liberia, and again to be bold, inspirational and courageous,” he says.
The ANC presidential candidate vows to massively reduce unemployment by 40% within six years by annually creating 100,000 new jobs for Liberians, especially for youths, and provide millions of dollars in micro loans to small and micro business and provide business programs to help them grow their business as well.
Mr. Cummings promises to increase gender participation within government by 40 percent; secure the peace and the safety of the Liberian people, reorient the nation’s foreign policy with a view towards the economy and attracting investors and strengthen the border security and enhance the capacity of the military, police and other security personnel.
By E. J. Nathaniel Daygbor–Edited by Winston W. Parley