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Liberians Divided Over Ex-Minister Woods' Criticism of GOL

Addressing a gathering of Women for Peace Network(WIPNET) Sunday, former Minister of Public Works Samuel Woods said: "There is evidence that the people are still poor and living in poverty in the country and the people deserve more than what they have today." If the executive can be accused of selling the country resources then the National legislature has become the market place for buyers because it is there the concession agreements are reviewed." The comments hit close to home as many Liberians appear to identify with the frustration of the turn of events in post-war Liberia. While some offered favorable views about the former minister, others greeted the comments with skepticism.

Siafa Kemokai: " well I think Koffi Woods said it all, I think the fact that we are celebrating peace and yet we still have bulk of our people still living in abject poverty is something we need to think about.

I know they will say why Woods never said it before; I think this platform was not given to him, you cannot be in a lion's mouth and say it is stink because obviously you know that lion is going to swallow you.

I think what he was speaking on are some of those reason that led him to resign from this government, because he thought he could stay in government to change things but I think he found it difficult to do.

What Woods is saying is factual; look brother some of us go to bed without a meal a day and only those few guys in government who are taking our country money out of here who do not see anything wrong with government.

Sham Thompson: " I think the statement made by Koffi Woods is welcoming and needs a hand of applause.

Let call a spade a spade; this government has failed the dream and aspiration of many Liberians who thought that Madam Sirleaf was going to do something different from past governments.

Koffi Woods was in this government for the one who says let us look at his record while serving as minister, look this man left a good legacy.

Why would people think that Koffi is making this statement for popularity, this man is already popular when its come to advocating for common people.

I think this statement is what Koffi has been saying inside and he has not being listened to. I think those vices mentioned by former Minister Woods could be some of the reasons for him leaving government.

It is now time to put our government's feet to the fire to get to work for which they were elected for because on a serious note Liberians we are tired."

Abraham Allison: " in my candid opinion I feel that statement is in the right direction considering the fact the vast majority of the Liberian people are living in destitution you have few domestic elite on the other side carrying on peace celebration.

We think is unfortunate because this country belong to all of us. You cannot have a few group of people enjoying the country resources while majority of us are living in their poverty trap.

This government has done very little to adress the appuling condition of the Liberian people so, to celebrate peace on ringle belly is impossible because when you look at vices like corruption that has serious eaten the fabric of this nation.

If you listened to 166 oration by Cllr. Sherman, corruption was highlighted so we are taken aback by the celebration of peace by this government.

Well government is somewhere you can be easily criticized probably these are things in look at an resign because it will be difficult to be part of a system and criticized.

We hold to the view of Former Minister Woods that those vices that brought war to Liberia are still existing my brother you don't need a rocket scientist to tell that things are existing."

Jenkins Nagbe: " I think what is troubling here is that people who over the period of time that have stayed in influential cycles have begun to criticize government on grounds that the government is not addressing the issue under pinning the upliftment of the people.

They should be given attention on grounds that these people have interacted with Madam Sirleaf over the period of time, having close door meeting with her, the likes of Samuel Koffi Woods coming up from the influential circle of government on ground that government has done little; that's a bold step. We encourage other Liberians to follow suit. This not about enjoying the privileges of Madam but what is important here is to speak about what is affecting the ordinary people.

People like Koffi woods, Tiawan Gonglo and Blamo Nelson coming up after years of working with this government to say Madam Sirleaf is not doing well, I think those statements are good for the forward march of our country .

I think Koffi has the moral to make such statement. While it is true that people may have dissenting views about Koffi Woods, he is one of those Ministers that have the history of changing lot of things like 1603 of the labor law.

Koffi has an outstanding democratic credential for standing and speaking up against injustices in this country.

People are saying he needed to come public while in government, but how would one come public when one has access to the president to address these issues. The only time you people see coming public when they distance themselves from the presidency. I believed what former Minister Woods is saying today he said it when he was government to the president privately.

Roland Nyemah: " I think in my opinion the public work minister comment is not denigrating as people are putting it. What Woods said is true that much has to be done by this government.

Well you know it is a kind of paradox for one to be government and at the same time turn to be a critic of that government I see that not easily working any part of the world.

I don't think that former Minister Woods' statement is intended to gain public attention; what I think is that he is just speaking his mind and the existing realities.

The issue of his statement is not because he's seeking a favor or public attention the name Koffi Woods is not strange to advocacy so, that statement is quit laudable.

Daniel Sagbwe: " I think this the best time for us regain what is lost in with regard to corruption, as an advocate I think Mr. Woods is right.

I think it time now that he unveils these bad vices that are existing all we need to do as a people is rally around him and give him our support.

If you look at our political landscape of our country the issue of peace is not the absent of war, mine you the responsibility of the government is to craft a concrete policies that will have a trickle down effect on the ordinary people.

I can recall that when this government took over their manifesto was so good but they failed to implement one.

If you do a practical survey you will find poverty written on the faces of the Liberian people not only poverty they are getting tired of bad economic policies in this country.

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