By Morrison O.G. Sayon
The 5 years National Vision Plan crafted from the long-term government agenda has recorded tremendous progress; President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf has disclosed.The fourth pillar of the AfT or Agenda for Transformation was revealed on Monday at the National Government Summit held in Gbarnga City, Bong County. The Submit was held under the theme: Liberia Rising 2030: Taking Stock of a Shared Future.
Elaborating on the economic pillar of the Agenda for Transformation, outgoing Finance & Development Planning Minister, Amara Konneh who served as the key presenter disclosed that few years back Liberia was nowhere in terms of infrastructural developments and that its infrastructures were in deplorable condition while electricity was a dream.
“Few years ago we told you that we were to improve the nation’s economy because there were no paved roads, no electricity facilities; all our ports were down, our agricultural sector was down to zero, this is why we did a research and said that we were going to tackle these priorities,” Minister Konneh explained.
He said up to present the Government of Liberia has spent US$152 million on the agricultural sector, US$136 million on road and US$753 million on the energy sector and huge amounts on the three sea ports with the Roberts International Airport. Konneh further disclosed that due to government’s efforts under the AfT, the Mount Coffee Hydro Power Plant would come on in December this year.
At the same time, President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf has urged fellow Liberians to renew their hopes as the country grows toward prosperity.
Commenting on progress reports from the various Steering Committees headed by former Interim President and Chairman of the Governance Commission, Dr. Amos Sawyer, Outgoing Finance & Development Minister, Amara Konneh and Dr. Edward Liberty of LISGIS, the Liberian leader said, “We could’ve gone further no doubt giving the circumstances, but as I travel throughout the country, as I look back from where we have come, I’m pleased and I thank all of those who worked so hard for demonstrating their commitment and patriotism to have made this progress possible.”
President Sirleaf said Liberians are unable to recount and quantify the tremendous progress that have come from individuals and business entities which has come from a conducive environment and now the prosperity being enjoyed by Liberians sometimes through dubious means throughout the country.
“Let us renew our hope and ourselves, let us resolve that Liberia is all that we have no matter where we are; our peace, our solidarity, our prosperity and our future are in our hands,” President Sirleaf concluded.
Meanwhile, traditional leaders who attended the Summit have called on Government to prioritize agriculture as a means of self-sustainability. The traditional leaders urged members of the national legislature to use their annual break for agriculture so that the country can be economically viable.
The also called on national government to pump in more money in the agricultural sector and empower farmers so as to enable them produce more food for Liberians to be able to feed themselves.
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