Former Public Works Minister Samuel Kofi Woods says Liberia is at the perils of bad decisions and that the government is broke. He added that the country is suffering from leadership deficit which is affecting all spectrum of the society, where those who are leaders treat the others with disdain. “Our country suffers what I refer to as a leadership deficit. This is not equated to the Presidency. This is more than the Presidency.
It includes all institutions, organizations and social structures of our society: Be it religious, social, political, cultural, etc. This virus is eating our country and wrecking our institutions,” he said at the induction ceremony of officers of the Association of female Lawyers of Liberia or AFELL in Monrovia recently. These assertions have not been taken lighted as Presidential Press Secretary Jerolinmek Piah said the former government official’s statement is “useless and vain talk.” Earlier, government’s chief spokesman, Eugene Lenn Nagbe emphasized that former Minister Samuel Kofi Woods’ assertions are “disingenuous” especially so for a man who served for eight years under this regime to conjecture that Liberia lacks leadership in President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf. “It is disingenuous and an attempt to expose his perennial political interest,” Information Minister Nagbe told newsmen at a press briefing last Tuesday. Minister Nagbe also pointed that Atty. Woods’ claims are nothing more than cheap propaganda and sheer hypocrisy.” The Liberian Government’s Chief spokesperson indicated that Liberia and Liberians can boast of having one of the world’s greatest leaders in President Johnson-Sirleaf under whose leadership the former Labour and Public Works Minister, cum ‘strong critic’ served for more than five years. He stated that it is the quality of leadership that the Liberian leader brings to the presidency that has brought mammoth admirations and personal accolades for her astute leadership role not only on the African continent but also on the world stage. “Because of her outstanding leadership ability, President Sirleaf took the country from a failed state when Liberia experienced the greatest economic collapse since World War II to one of the world’s fastest growing economies,” Nagbe intimated. The Information Minister maintained that though Liberia was one of hardest-hit Ebola countries in the Mano River Union (MRU) basin with Guinea and Sierra Leone, the West African nation was the first to have eradicated the virus and also the first country to begin building a resilient health sector through the dynamic leadership of President Johnson-Sirleaf. Commenting on the alleged bankruptcy of government, Minister Nagbe noted that though the economy is under strain, the government is still carrying out key projects, including the Mount Coffee Hydro Plant and the Red Light-Ganta-Guinea border road, among others. According to him, the government runs a cash-based budget and as such, it uses money it collects. He added that once the money projected in the budget is not raised, the government will definitely have a budget shortfall, which does not in any way suggest that the government is broke as claimed by Mr. Woods.