The NEWS (Monrovia)

31 December 2013

Liberia: 2013 - Year of Difficulty and Disappointment

editorial

The Year 2013 was certainly not a good year at all. Folks in government admit it was a difficult and challenging year. At one point, the government came to near economic collapse apparently due to certain fiscal and monetary issues, impacted by the global financial meltdown in the United States, Europe and other parts of the world.

The Liberian Dollar shrinks profoundly to the all mighty US dollar which amplified the already difficult living condition of our people. There were often in-house fighting between and amongst officials and institutions of government than tackling the appropriate development agenda that would have brought relief or impacted the lives of the people.

The Performance Of the government was not entirely impressive, and such a stumpy reading of the government's performance cannot be ascribed only to President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf. However, as it is often said in the military, the commander takes responsibility for his men. This is why the President needs to take radical measures in 2014 that deals with the issues of corruption, transparent governance and the rule of law. The President is under obligation to rebuild the confidence of the people and ensure that the bread and butter issue becomes a priority.

Honestly, The Rating of President Sirleaf has diminished [and most Liberians want to see her out] because officials who are responsible to help Madam Sirleaf implement policies of the government, are pretending to be working in the interest of the government and people. Most of these officials are either busy amassing wealth for 2014 senatorial election or 2017 presidential elections.

The Government Wasted too much time during the early and later stages of 2013 bickering over immaterial issues that made no impact on the lives of the people and hence delayed progress.

We Laud The effort of the government in rebuilding the Monrovia-Buchanan highway as well as restoring electricity to the Liberian people in towns and villages bordering La Cote d' Ivoire. This, in our opinion, is an indication of the commitment of government to restore electricity to our people. Liberia is amongst the world's poorest countries in spite of the clear reality that the country is endowed with natural resources.

We Want To encourage the government to change the poverty stricken situation facing the Liberian people and ensure that in the New Year, the natural resources of the country will benefit the people and should not benefit a select few. We wish you all a happy and prosperous 2014.

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