Alexander B. Cummings, Political Leader of the Alternative National Congress (ANC), has declared that President George Weah was not truthful when he mentioned in his State of the Nation Address on January 24, 2022 that the country has a stable economy.
President Weah declared: “Based on the Report that I have just made to you, I can state categorically, and with confidence, that the State of our Economy is Stable and Growing, and that the State of the Nation is Peaceful and Strong!”
But as indicated in his official response to the President’s address to the Legislature, Mr. Cummings points to rampant corruption and huge unemployment rate, especially among young people, since the ascendancy of President Weah.
While also indicating that prices of basic goods such as food and gasoline are high, Cummings said lying and promises without fulfilling them are the hallmark of the government, especially President Weah himself.
“Doctors, teachers and police officers are grossly underpaid, while President Weah’s description of the economy is stable,” the ANC leader stated.
“He has failed and is now happy to deceive Liberians with promises. He is good at making promises but bad at fulfilling them. He is in self imposed quarantine,” Cummings also stated.
The opposition politician went on to say that students and communities remain insecure and that if it was possible many young Liberians would flee the country in search of greener pastures due to ongoing hardship in the country.
“In the new budget, the government will spend more on buying and maintaining new cars and not on healthcare and education. Today, national debt is at US$1.69 billion,” he pointed out.
He blamed the government for failure to spend more on the agricultural sector, whereas the President’s office has far more budgetary allotment than that of the Ministry of Agriculture.
“Government has not only failed to improve the economy but has given deaf ears to areas such as healthcare, security, agriculture and education,” Cummings said.
He also pointed to a high increase in the number of ghettos for drug users without any attempt to put an end to it.
However, he vowed that under a Cummings leadership, he would put an end to drug and human trafficking and to improve the Liberia Electricity Corporation (LEC) to the level of offering reliable electricity supply in the country.