This year’s delivery of President George Manneh Weah’s Annual Message, also known as the State of the Nation address, has been quite elating, and the audience no doubt was spellbound as he rather smoothly spoke of the people of Liberia through the National Legislature on Monday, January 25, 2021. For nearly two hours, the President provided detailed vivid descriptions of how the nation fared as he navigate the Ship of State for another set of 12 months. Of the many thought-provoking things the President reported on is the incredible humanitarian works of his wife, First Lady Clar Marie Decontee Weah. He doesn’t usually mix his wife in his official duties, but it appears he could no long ignore the pressing urge banging on him to show gratitude to a woman who is unmatched in lending a helping hand to unfortunate people, something that copiously supports his government’s social service programs. And the President did it in style and histrionics, as The Analyst reports.
As President George Manneh Weah has rarely done, he took a zoom at his wife, the First Lady of the Republic, and give her flowers while she is still alive.
It wasn’t a mere romantic pleasantry, some pundits said minutes after the President had done with delivering his State of the Nation Address Monday, January 25, 2021 at the Joint Chambers of the National Legislature. He knew the works of his wife do advance his government’s Pro-Poor Agenda for Prosperity and Development.
“Clar is a wife, a daughter and a mother that anyone would love to have,” Jefferson T. Kiawu said during an interview on the ground of the Capitol Building. “While it is true First Ladies are traditionally obliged to take on some humanitarian task during the reign of their husbands as Presidents, the current First Lady has come to a domain for which is born, and widely known. She’s given to the nature of compassion for the poor and unfortunate people of society. In other words, charity is in her DNA.”
Heard seldom, at least publicly, to praise his wife, it seemed President Weah could no longer suppress the overflowing emotions for the enormous work his wife has been doing in Liberia for the poor, the elderly, widows and children of Liberia.
So he said midway in delivering his Annual Message to the National Legislature: “I would like to take this time to give special recognition and commendation to my dear wife, the First Lady of Liberia, Mrs. Clar Marie Weah.”
The President said apart from standing by him as a loyal and caring partner, the First Lady continues to touch the lives of many young women, young men and the elderly alike through the implementation of several humanitarian projects under her own initiatives.
“Under the Clar Hope Foundation,” the President said, “many projects have directly impacted many Liberians.”
He named them to include the construction of a home for the elderly and disabled in Buchanan, Grand Bassa County, the rehabilitation of orphanages in several counties, a program to feed the elderly, provision of medical supplies, foreign scholarships for vocational training for young people, among many others.
“I thank you for your hard work and support Madam First Lady,” the President noted.
In the same vein, Dr. Weah stressed, “it has always been my personal passion to help the less fortunate and the needy in society. This is why becoming President of Liberia has not stopped me from performing my goodwill as a humanitarian seeking to transform lives of my young compatriots.”
For example, he said, under his scholarship scheme which he started early in the 1990s, “we continue to provide support to thousands of students in dozens of high schools, undergraduate universities and graduate and professional schools”.
“We also continue to grant support to young entrepreneurs to give them a head-start,” the President averred, adding: “I, George Manneh Weah, who grew up in the slums of Gibraltar, will never forget my roots and will always continue to seek the welfare of the people.”