President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf
Pres. Sirleaf Wants United Front To Up Lives of Liberians
By Prince Nagbe& Wilfred Gortor
MONROVIA, May 28 (LINA) – President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has called on the private sector, civil society, non-governmental organizations, the Legislature and Judiciary, community leaders and the media to institute measures to ensure that more Liberians work and earn a decent living.
The Liberian leader said “this is why all of us have determined and agreed that more Liberians must have climbed from poverty to prosperity by 2030 without necessarily compromising the demands of our individual colleagues.”
She made the call in a nationwide address on the state of the economy from her office in Monrovia on Wednesday.
President Sirleaf said in order to achieve this goal, Liberians should not only wait for government jobs, but be empowered to own their own businesses and employ others, saying Liberians must be able to pay their bills, send their children to school, care for their family and travel, if they desire.
According to the head of state, if Liberia is to succeed in ending poverty by 2030, Liberians, males and females, young and old, Christians and Muslims, abled and disabled must be willing to become one and try to make it, stressing “yes this is possible”.
She said though the Government is doing a lot in transforming this 2030 vision into reality, it is difficult for many Liberians to imagine that the vision will be a reality considering the harsh pain of poverty that has recycled over several generations.
“Though we may not be able to suddenly stop poverty for everyone, but the evidence is clear that thousands of lives have been changed for the better and for the tenure of this presidency and the life of this administration,” the President noted.
She reaffirmed her Government’s commitment to helping more Liberians change the condition of their lives for the better, adding, “We will continue to build sustainable ladders of opportunity where none have previously existed. This will continue to be the central purpose of our mission; this is what drives me every day”.
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