MONROVIA—Liberia currently facing economic slump and President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has predicted that there are even more difficult times ahead of the country.
Besides, President Sirleaf ruling Party Chairman, Varney Sherman earlier made similar comments when he warned that in the coming years, the situation will get worse to the extent that the government will be able to pay salaries and unable to implement projects.
Now, Atty. Samuel K. Woods who served the government in two high profile capacities as Minister of Labour and later Public Works before he resigned from government now says, the country is experiencing the difficult economic time due to bad decisions.
“We are at the perils of your bad decisions. We are broke. True leaders must remain and endure the difficult times just as we lavished in the good times. We must remain here and share in the agony and pains of ordinary people. This is the kind of leadership we demand! While our coffers bleed and some of us flee”, say Atty. Woods.
Serving as keynote speaker and installing officer at the Association of Female Lawyers (AFELL) program In Monrovia Atty. Woods observed that some Liberians who came to the country under the guise of contributing and leaving their lucrative jobs abroad are now leaving the country during these periods.
State coffers bleeding
When President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf was first elected in 2005, several Liberians returned home and took up jobs in government with many claiming that they left lucrative jobs abroad to come home and sacrifice but Woods says during the early days of the Sirleaf regime when the country was not experiencing difficult financial situation, many of the Liberians came home but are now leaving government because things have gone bad.
“Said Woods “I recall few years ago when many of us served in government, there were justifications that we had come home to sacrifice and left lucrative and high paying jobs abroad. While this was debatable without evidence to weigh our claims, we took high salaries and lived in opulence. ”
“We argued that we had the better capacity than many of those at home. Liberia gave us salary disparities. Well! Our coffers are bleeding and these are difficult times for our country and some of us are fleeing”. sOURCE: Frontpageafrica.com
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