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Nimbaians largely took a back seat at the official launch of the Weah-led government’s five years development plan, Pro-Poor Agenda for Prosperity and Development or PADP.President George Manneh Weah led his cabinet and other officials, including international partners to Ganta City, Nimba where he officially launched the PADP over the weekend, calling on Liberians to join him in taking ownership of national security, as the United Nations Mission in Liberia or UNMIL is no longer in the Country.

He says the government’s Pro-Poor Agenda is designed to give power to the people, promote economic diversification, protect sustainable peace and encourage good governance, among others.
But our Nimba County Correspondent observes that while the program was well attended by guests from in and out of Liberia, Nimbaians, who are the hosts failed to turn out in their numbers for a ceremony held in their back yard.

Some of them spoken to, including Emmanuel Dolo, Eric Dahn and Saye Dolo, explained they were informed thru community radio stations and their Senator Prince Yormie Johnson that President Weah’s visit to the county was basically to assess ongoing construction of the Ganta-Sanniquellie- Yekepa road.

According to them, they were not aware about the launch of the Pro-Poor Agenda in the county.
Chiefs, elders, including young people and women groups were seen outside of the Ganta United Methodist Gymnasium were President Weah performed the official launch.The President details the Pro-Poor Agenda will be implemented from now to 2023, prioritizing power to the people, rule of law, roads and agriculture, health, education, governance and transparency, and sustaining the peace.

He promises to in the next five years, develop Liberia, unit and reconcile the people, educate and develop the youth, while promoting peace and human rights, among others.
President Weah however, reminds that the country cannot develop in the absence of good quality infrastructure and skilled labor force.

He continues that in the next five years, his government will invest in high quality infrastructure, including roads, affordable energy, air and seaports, telecommunication and information, housing, water and sanitation to end widespread vulnerability, among others.
The PAPD was initiated by the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning with support from international partners.

Liberia’s Minister of Finance and Development Planning Samuel D. Tweah, says the launch by the President will enable citizens to have access to equal right to their national resources for national transformation.

Minister Tweah discloses that government needs US$1 Billion to combat poverty and help improve the living conditions of the people.He says to achieve this; funds will be raised with help of both private sector and donors, describing the PADP as a good document for Liberians.

He also notes that in the plan, power theft would be drastically minimized and the Liberia Electricity Corporation (LEC) will be able to generate needed funds to support government’s development programs.

By Thomas Domah/Nimba–Editing by Jonathan Browne

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