The Standard Bearer of the All Liberian Party (ALP) says Liberians live in abject poverty evident by rankings of international bodies.
Benoni Urey told a presidential debate organized by the Deepening Democracy Coalition (DDC) on Thursday at the Paynesville City Hall that Liberians do not just live beyond the poverty line but also the country is one of the poorest in the World after 170 years of existence.
"I feel that I can solve this problem; we must make our economy agro based; we must create industries; I will reopen the agriculture bank where poor people will get loan for farming again. I will give the people purchasing power; our people need leadership because they are living in destitute," Urey campaign at the debate.
He said Liberia has deteriorated economically, socially, and internationally and the need to decentralized government cannot be overemphasized.
"We believe the involvement of all will carry us a long way in developing our country; our country depends on every Liberian. We must leave our dark past behind us and move our country forward; our country must grow," the ALP Standard Bearer noted.
Four presidential contenders participated in the debate Thursday. They include Cllr. Charles W. Brumskine of the Liberty Party, Alexander Cummings of the Alternative National Congress, Joseph Boakai of the Unity Party and Benoni Urey of the All Liberian Party.
Commenting on budget shortfall, Urey observed that if the budget is not done professionally, there will be budget deficit.
"I will have 50 percent reduction in my salary; I will call for the recreation of the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning; we have deficit because this government appears to be too business unfriendly," Urey frowned.
Under his leadership, Urey assured Liberians that his government will stimulate growth by investing in the private sector. "We will take the budget from five million to two billion; we will create worthy Liberians," he said.
Touching on peace and reconciliation, Urey disclosed that recommendations by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) will be revisited so that everyone who participated in the war should have their day in court. "We know all of those who participated in the war."