The New Dawn (Monrovia)

6 January 2013

Liberia: Morlu Takes Goverment to Task

Congress for Democratic Change National Vice Chairman for Operations Mulbah Morlu, has called on the Ellen Johnson- Sirleaf Administration to publicly apologize to the people of Liberia for what he considers failure to meet its developmental agenda for 2012.

Despite recent claims by the Labor Ministry here that the government created 22,623 jobs last year, Morlu argued the government has terribly failed on its commitment to creating jobs for the Liberian populace therefore; it should apologize for raising false hope in the nation's jobless citizens, particularly the youths.

Speaking to reporters over the weekend in Sinkor, he said it is unfortunate that the government has been unsuccessful in the past seven years in jobs creation despite the ratification and signing of dozens of concession agreements with renowned world companies.

"Despite numerous grievances that plunged Liberia into bloody wars from 1989 until President Charles Taylor left in August 2003, the worse remains evident in the Johnson-Sirleaf government: a polarized society and political system; corruption, nepotism and impunity; a disheveled security sector; youth unemployment; and gaps and inconsistencies in the electoral law", he pointed out.

President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf recently in her New Year message acknowledge that "all of the roads in Liberia are not yet paved; and that every community does not yet have electricity and pipe-borne water; that some people don't see the country's economic growth reflected in their income; and that the 20,000 jobs that were promised per annum have not materialized, all at once, from the government."

Morlu said in order to authenticate the actual reflection of jobs that were created last year, the government should provide data on jobs that already existed prior to the government's promise, adding that failure to do such, the administration should do the honorable thing by saying 'sorry'.

The one time war crimes campaigner said the Sirleaf Administration has fallen short of prioritizing the interest of the people, who elected them for a second term at the ballot box.

He also highlighted the failure to fight corruption, particularly in prosecuting officials were held liable for corruption in audits conducted by the General Auditing Commission.

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