22 October 2012

Liberia: CDC's Chief Scribe Under Attack

Congress for Democratic Change's Secretary General, Nathaniel McGill, also an Assistant Internal Affairs Minister here, has met a stiff resistance from students challenging him to resign from government to maintain the agenda of the opposition party.

The leadership of the Vanguard Student Unification Party (SUP) at the state-run University of Liberia made the call in reaction to Assistant Minister McGill's reported quest for Liberia's Public Works Minister Samuel Kofi Woods' resignation.

McGill's reported call for Minister Woods to step down is due to serious infrastructural constraints facing the country, specifically roads while he heads the Public Works Ministry.

But a statement authorized by SUP's Secretary General John Tamba Nyumah and Chairman Nathan N. Kpaho said the CDC Secretary General and his likes, who are making such call, have failed to consider delay that characterized the passage of the 2012/2013 national budget, tedious procurement processes, theft and abuses of infrastructure by some individuals in the country.

Besides, the student political party leadership recalled that prior to Minister Woods' appointment in 2009, the S.K.D., Jallah Town, AB Tolbert, Jamaica Road and SD Cooper roads, which have received sustained public outcries were already rehabilitated by the ministry under the leadership of former Minister Lusine Donzo.

SUP claimed that McGill failed to mention roads and bridges built or rehabilitated under Minister Woods' leadership, including the Caldwell Road, GSA Road, the Zolu Duma Bridge and Piatta Bridge in Bong County, among others.

Additionally, the students cited the Fish Town-Harper Road, Pleebo-Barclayville Roads as well as the recently announced US$50m grant to Liberia by the African Development Bank (ADB) and US$50m by the World Bank, among others towards infrastructure.

"We think that Mr. McGill must busy himself articulating his performance report, which we have never heard since his inception in government," the students.

They called on members of the CDC to begin rallying forces to seek the resignation of Assistant Minister McGill from government in order to enable him pay keen attention to "herculean task" assigned to him as party Secretary General.

The SUP party believes that McGill's action has the potential to undermine the critical voice of the opposition.

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