By: Stephen G. Fellajuah
Announcing a committee to spearhead the 55th birth anniversary of President Dr. George Manneh Weah, the National Revolutionary Youth of the Congress for Democratic Change as the pivot for the youth wing for the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) has announced a series of projects as part of activities of the event.
To ensure the smooth execution of projects and programs concerning the celebration of the President’s birthday, and for proper engagement with the President to ensure their expeditious implementation, the National Secretary General of the Youth Wing, Mr. Emmanuel M Johnson announced a 55th Birthday Committee to which he appointed Randall M. Dobayou, II as Chairman of the anniversary committee.
Others appointed on the committee include Alex M. Barclay, Co-Chairman; Sam G. Takrauh, Co-Chairman for operations; and T. Mawolo Bangolee, Secretary General. Also named as members of the committee are the chairpersons of all 17 electoral districts of Montserrado County and members of all 17 district secretariats for Montserrado County.
President Weah turns 55 on the 1st of October, 2021 and the youths for the ruling establishment have convened a press conference to announce its plan for the President’s birthday.
Accordingly, Mr. Johnson, recognizing the leadership of the Coalition for Democratic Change including that of the National Patriotic Party (NPP) of Vice President Jewel Howard-Taylor and that of Liberian People Democratic Party (LPDP) of Alex Tyler, also announced as part of the President’s birthday celebration, the feeding of some 1,000 kids at the CDC Headquarters in Congo Town on October 1st, 2021, and the launching of a two-day quizzing tournament amongst schools of the 17 electoral districts at varying venues across Montserrado County on September 28-29, 2021.
Besides, he spoke of an Intellectual Series revealing a documentary of the CDC’s history and struggle which he said will take place on September 30, 2021 and a night of musical jamboree on October 1, 2021, which is the night of the President’s birth date, Mr. Johnson further disclosed.
Mr. Johnson said the feeding project is to allow the kids to feel part of the festivities marking the celebration of the President’s birth anniversary while the quizzing competition is intended to exemplify the president’s desire for an educated youth, and to also promote education in the county.
The CDC Youth Wing’s National Secretary General also called on the President to reintroduce the school feeding program in the country and ensure its enforcement so as to encourage massive attendance of school going kids to their kindergarten, primary, secondary education.
Additionally, Mr. Johnson spoke of the importance of free education in the country. He therefore used the media interaction to encourage President Weah to ensure the enactment and passage of free education law so that the dream of the President will not be forgotten after his regime.
Enacting a free education law, he further said, will prevent subsequent governments from erasing the dream as it will remain a law in post CDC Liberia.
It can be recalled that President Weah announced a free tertiary education (tuition free) program at government-run high institutions of learning during one of his state of the nation addresses especially for students of the University of Liberia pursuing undergraduate degrees.
Besides, the President has been underwriting the cost for West African Secondary School Certificate Examinations (WASSCE) for junior and senior secondary school students in fulfillment of his campaign promise.
The CDC youth wing sees these programs worthy, and has therefore encouraged the President to ensure that they are not dropped after his regime, recommending that they are made laws that will remain on the books in the country.