” When they said pro-poor, Liberians thought emphasis would have been focused on the poorest of the poor in society,” he said.
Monrovia, 26 Oct 2018: Former Liberian Finance Minister Mr. David Farhat who once contested the presidency has likened many policy pronouncements of the pro-poor agenda of the three-party coalition government in Liberia to a “pie in the sky”.
But the opposite is instead happening in the West African nation as people who possessed relatively nothing before entering government just nine months ago are now building or buying luxurious houses and riding expensive cars, some costing more than US$70,000 while most citizens can hardly afford food or send their children to school,” Farhat lamented in a press statement issued on Wednesday.
In a related development, professor Thomas Kaidor of University of Liberia’s graduate school, Thursday ironically welcomed President Weah’s free tuition pronouncement for undergraduate students at all public universities and colleges, and wondered how such “populist” policy pronouncement would be implemented when the President persistently cries that he inherited a broke national treasury.
In a radio talkshow analysis of the free tuition pronouncement, Prof Kaidor, himself a policy analyst, criticised President Weah for often making major policy pronouncements without budgetary appropriations, citing projects like the military hospital, the coastal highway, new city of Monrovia on Bali Island and linking Kesselly bouvelard with 12th Street suburb via an overhead bridge.
The University professor said these public projects were yet off the ground notwithstanding while private projects conspicuously those of President Weah are fast rising.
By Tepitapia Sannah
West African Journal