Aggrieved residents of Caldwell Township, Montserrado County Electoral District# 15 are calling on the Weah administration to do more in terms of providing employment opportunities or skills training opportunities that would empower them in the country.
Speaking under the banner Citizens United for Peace at a one-day skill training program on Sunday, December 10, they say it’s time President George Manneh Weah helps to end the current economic hardship citizens are faced with.
“President Weah must do more to address the suffering needs of the masses; we did not vote him for a particular project, but rather to improve our living standards.”
Speaking to this paper in an exclusive interview, executive director Madam Evelyn Toe says the exercise was meant to enlighten, and empower the participants.
She points out that the objective of the training is to foster a society, in which people can start self-help initiatives while awaiting national government to provide bigger opportunities.
“As you may be aware, the economic situation in Liberia is worrisome; and if this government cannot do something, there is going to be a serious trouble for citizens”, she cautions.
According to Ms. Toe, since the inception of the CDC-led government, there has been economic hardship across the country, noting that the hardship citizens are facing is as the result of government’s failure to create an enabling environment.
“We all are aware that this government inherited a broke economy as claimed by the President, but what is frustrating is for citizens across the fifteen counties to be crying.”
Meanwhile, one of the beneficiaries of the training, Andrew Johnson, expresses delight for the opportunity, terming it as timely. He says the training was organized at a time when everything in the country is going higher on a daily basis.
Johnson narrates that the decision of the local group to conduct training for residents of Caldwell is welcoming, adding that if national government can tap into this initiative, many citizens will have opportunity to do things on their own, instead of calling on government.
“Though there are gains being made in terms of the various community roads project, but more needs to be done to help lift our people out of poverty.”
Residents of the township protested recently for the second time in demand of electricity, erecting roadblocks and burning tyers, but the demonstrations were quelled by riot police.
By Lewis S. Teh–Editing by Jonathan Browne