“Seasoned Manager, Not Politician, Needed To Fix Liberia”
The Vice Standard Bearer of the Collaborating Political Parties (CPP), Counsellor Charlyne Brumskine, says the current economic predicament of Liberians will require experienced managers, and not politicians, to address the desperation for economic development, aimed at creating massive jobs for thousands of unemployed Liberians.
Counsellor Brumskine said such a huge task will require an internationally credible and trustworthy Liberian like Alexander Cummings, with the enviable corporate record and connections to attract foreign direct investments which are badly needed to resuscitate the country’s ailing economy.
According to Cllr. Brumskine, Cummings’ laudable achievements as Chief Executive Officer of Coca-Cola Global, where he managed a budget of over U$1 billion and an estimated workforce of 100,000, set him apart as the best and most trusted alternative to President Weah to lead Liberia’s economic recovery.
“Mr. Cummings has the international credibility as well as the economic expertise and experience to effectively manage the country’s budget and develop the human resource capacity for rapid economic development and growth,” Counsellor Brumskine said.
She said in the current disastrous state of the economy “we don’t need politicians; they have left us in the worst economic conditions”, making reference to the widespread suffering and poverty that has engulfed millions of Liberians—after 176 years of independence.
The CPP Vice Standard Bearer made the assertions on Tuesday, September 20, during a talkshow on a local radio station in Monrovia.
Counsellor Brumskine said within the first one hundred days of a CPP government, Liberians will begin to experience gradual change in their lives as well as in the system and processes of governance in Liberia.
She said the ruling Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) of President George Weah has ravaged the country’s economy, failed miserably and lost international credibility and trust, evident by the government’s inability to attract any significant foreign investments during his six-year rule.
Counsellor Brumskine said a CPP government will reapportion the country’s budget, with increased allocation to education to better train teachers and equip and enhance technical vocational training to meet the job market needs for foreign investments.
She said a CPP government will also prioritize the healthcare service as well as agriculture, with the provision of capital and better incentives for farmers to increase food production.
The CPP Vice Standard Bearer said a CPP government will pursue a vigorous decentralization policy, not only for government services, but to create robust commercial hubs in major counties, including Grand Bassa and Nimba.
According to Counsellor Brumskine, Liberia has an abundance of resources and wealth but lacks the managerial skills to create jobs and effectively manage the resources for the general good of all Liberians.
She maintained that the lack of international trust, widespread corruption, weak judicial system and weak foreign national policy have rendered Liberia’s governance system ineffective and the country non-attractive for direct foreign investment.
Counsellor said these are major challenges that a CPP government will handle differently to restore the country’s lost credibility and trust amongst the comity of nations.
She stated that the depth of poverty, suffering, desperation and hopelessness amongst Liberians, especially in rural Liberia, is beyond alarm. “Young girls, before reaching 14 years of age, are becoming wives, youths crave more for jersey and football than education, elders have turned to begging for survival, while drug trafficking and addiction have reached alarming and dangerous proportions,” Counsellor Brumskine said in response to questions about her observations in rural Liberia.
She noted that the depth of poverty has increased astronomically since 2017, with deep-seated anger among rural dwellers, and said the only relief is massive job creation and economic development, which she said can only be accomplished by well-seasoned and experienced economists, and not politicians.
She spoke about the country’s disastrous road condition, with specific reference to the southeast, where the only access to counties in that region is through the Ivory Coast.