‘Southeastern Professionals’ Officially Launched -Vows to Support Weah Reelection, Promote SE Development
MONROVIA: A group of Liberians hailing from the Southeastern Region of the country yesterday, September 5, 2023, launched the Southeastern Professionals (SEP) and announced their endorsement of, and unflinching support for, the Standard Bearer of the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC), President George Manneh Weah.
The SEP launch program, which was held at the Ellen Johnson Sirleaf Ministerial Complex in Congo Town, was attended by citizens from Grand Gedeh, Sinoe, River Gee, Grand Kru, and Maryland counties.
Giving an overview of the group, the Vice Chairperson for Operations, Mr. McNeil Mani Wilson, said SEP was a conglomerate of citizens from the Southeast of diverse professional backgrounds but with a single purpose that borders promoting unity, development and peace.
He said the history of political governance in Liberia clearly depicts the Southeast as the singular most preponderant region when it comes to producing the highest number of political leaders (at the highest level) in the country but unfortunately has been unable to gain the dividends of the political governance it has offered the country.
“The lack of physical access – vis-a-vis road connectivity – has denied the region the requisite level and quality of development it so desires in other to contribute more meaningfully to the overall growth of the country,” he said, adding that the situation has created an untold suffering on the people of the region.
According to him, the vision of SEP came about to ensure that the organization serves as both a platform and an actor in the promotion of peace and reconciliation amongst the people of the southeast.
“It is also envisaged that SEP will serve as a formidable collective voice of professionals from the southeast for the practical and sustainable development of the region,” Mr. Wilson said further.
“To achieve this milestone, SEP is of the strongest conviction that supporting the reelection of His Excellency, President George Manneh Weah in this 2023 general and presidential election, is the surest entry point,” he averred, stating further that the “group believes in serving as a critical voice for the development of the southeast in particular, and Liberia as in general following the conclusion of the 2023 elections will provide Liberia with the wherewithal to take its rightful place from a position of strength amongst the comity of nations”.
“It is our hope that as we all join hands together, we will remain strong forever in lifting our country to the highest height.”
In a statement, the National Chairperson, Mr. Roosevelt Karfleh, drummed up support for President George Manneh Weah in the ensuing October 10 elections, calling it one of the most deserving things Liberians can do.
He called on all Liberian professionals, not just those from the Southeast, to support the reelection of President Weah whose administration has been indiscriminate and robust in the distribution of national development programs.
He said while the founding of SEP coincided with the electoral season, the organizations’ activities are purely professional in nature, calling on its members and other professional Liberians to use their careers for the transformation of a long backward country.
He said his organization has got no choice but to campaign vigorously for the reelection of President Weah, not because he is from the Southeast, but because the President has undoubtedly achieved what many presidents before him failed to do.
The SEP Chairperson said President Weah has not only created favorable social, economic and political environment that supports and underpins national stability and transformation, but also introduced unprecedented but productive policies such as free WASSCE, free public college education, free modern housing for poor people, spread of cheap electricity, building for paved roads, amongst other things.
He said the refrains of acknowledgments and praises for the President’s massive development undertakings in just five and half years, despite exogenous challenges, are commonplace in the country, even amongst non-Southeasterners.
According to him, his organization is supporting the President on the merit of his enormous stewardship which is widely acknowledged in the country and beyond, and not merely because he is from the region.
Mr. Karfleh called on all Liberians to vote President Weah, and give him one round victory, something he said will show that Liberians support leaders that give their best for the nation.