MONROVIA: Vice Standard Bearer of the Collaborating Political Parties (CPP), Counsellor Charlyne Brumskine, has said 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, Liberia needs Alexander Cummings, Standard Bearer of the CPP, “the only person better placed to deliver the country from its current quagmire”.
Speaking on a live radio interview hosted by a number of media institutions in Monrovia yesterday, Wednesday, September 20, 2023, Counsellor Brumskine said such huge task will require an internationally credible and trustworthy Liberian like Mr. 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.
She maintained Mr. Cummings’ laudable achievements as Chief Executive officer of Coca-Cola Global, where he managed a budget of over U$1billion 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 country’s current disastrous economic state “we don’t need politicians; they have left us in the worst economic conditions,” making reference to the widespread suffering and poverty that have engulfed millions of Liberians after 176 years of political independence.
Giving a clearer picture of how Cummings will revive the country upon his ascendency to the presidency, 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.
The tough talking politician 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, evidenced by the government’s inability to attract any significant foreign investments during his six years rule in Liberia.
While lambasting the government for destroying the country’s educational sector, she said a CPP Government will reapportion the country’s budget, with increased allocation to education to train quality teachers, equip and enhance the school system, especially technical and vocational training to meet the job market needs for foreign investments.
She said the CPP Government will also prioritize the health care service as well as agriculture with the provisions of capital and better incentives for farmers to increase food production.
Speaking further on the manifesto of the CPP, he said the CPP 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 lacked the managerial skills to create jobs and effectively manage the resources for the general good of all Liberians.
She said 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 investments.
Counsellor Brumskine 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 said 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 observed 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.