Liberia: 100 days of GMW vs. Jnb – Home Africa Gauges the views of Liberians from all walks of life

Monrovia – President Joseph Boakai last week had one hundred days in office and boasted of having made massive developments during the period, including undertaking major road corridor projects totaling about 783.5 km in Bong, Lofa, Bomi, Gbarpolu, Rivergee, Grand Bassa, Sinoe, Maryland, and Grand Kru Counties.

President Weah also said his administration has made progress in achieving the goals in education during the 100 days of his regime. But opinions are divided as some Liberians believe that President Boakai’s predecessor, George Weah, achieved a lot compared to Boakai.

FrontPage Africa gauged the views of Liberians regarding President Boakai and the former Liberian leader’s achievements.

Leroy Achie Ponpon, rights activist

“We have followed the governance process in our country and looked at the comparative analysis between the former President Weah administration and the current President Boakai’s 100 days and President Boakai’s 100 days is something that we are still trying to find where he started from, we can’t see anything tangible and deliverable and attainable.

There was no result as to what the 100 days, and can not point to. We are disheartened because the 100 days give us no reason to believe that President Boakai is prepared for the task ahead.

The US$22 million that President Boakai said he spent is questionable. For the first 100 days of the president’s administration, we were in the dry season. It is the rainy season that produces mud, we would like to think that there was no reason why 22 million was used. We were in the dry season and so there was no reason for US$22 million to be spent. President Weah 100 days we saw that the Doe Community road had started and we saw the completion in the first 100 days of President Weah.

All the executive orders that were passed by the president are a political game that the president wants to demonstrate that he is in control and he is not in control. Weah administration, rice was brought in at 3,200 to 3,300 Liberian dollars. But the Boakai administration, although he passed the ordinance, there has been no price reduction, hence the issue of bread and butter is challenged. Gas is also on the rise despite the gas order. During the 100 days perhaps President Boakai was still asleep because nothing can be pointed to as real delivery.

The president talked about auditing the NSA, he put an end to it. He talks about doing a whole lot, which until now remains to be seen what the 100 days will be. In the president’s 100 days, there is still a fight over civil service pay, there are a whole lot of dismissals from civil servants. He causes more damage than he should.”

Theodore NS Nana, salesman salesman on Randall Street

“The 100 days of President Boakai led administration is a failure. All the things he talked about like cars will not get stuck in the mud have not come true. We have seen cars stuck in the mud in River Gee, Lofa, Grand Gedeh and other counties That is the most important thing he talked about but it didn’t happen.

He was able to put people down from their workplaces and take people who were selling from the streets. Street vendors looking for their daily bread for themselves and their families.

The prices of all basic goods have increased. The price of rice, which is our staple food, has changed, gas prices have gone up. He has achieved this by taking the sellers off the street.

President Boakai’s greatest achievement is the recent signing of the war crimes tribunal. That’s the only important thing so far. When it comes to our national development, he has done nothing. By this time during President Weah’s 100 days, we would have seen the paved road in Doe Community area, houses being roofed in Gibraltar, road rehabilitation of roads in Rehab where President Boakai lives and other places. So if you look at President Boakai and former President Weah, I think former President Weah has scored more than the current President in terms of national development.”

Kelfala Kanneh, president of the Center for Intellectual Freedom on Carey Street

‘What we expected from President Boakai, he underperformed based on the promises he made to us before. To say, drugs are a national emergency, no car will get stuck in the mud, the issue of sanitation. These are key promises he made to the Liberian people, especially the issue of drugs. We do not see any support given to fight illegal drugs. The issue of roads is pure buff. It was a political statement.

Go on the highway, the deplorable roads left by former President Weah are still the same. If I were to grade him on his first 100 days, I would give him a 60. President Boakai did not perform.

President Weah came with the spirit, with the force he was eager to perform, he started on a fine note. The issue of the military hospital, he paved the way for so many roads and he built the roads of so many communities. After 100 days, former President Weah started behaving badly, we saw corruption on the broad competencies.”

Augustine T. Varney, University of Liberia Student

“If you look at the 100 days performance between President and former President Weah, I will say President Boakai got more points than Weah. No one can tell me that within the 100 days of President Weah he built roads. Within the 100 days that Weah took over, there were some missteps, he demolished his residence and rebuilt it, but under President Boakai, you can see that the guys are seriously working to make sure that what President Baokai promised becomes a reality.

When the president took over, he made sure that the road that led to the counties that he talked about he was trying to fix was the road in Lofa, Gbarpolu, River Gee and other account areas.

The president is trying to solve the bread-and-butter problems, but what I noticed is that the previous government had business people that they were dealing with at that time. Now President Boakai is trying how best to make things easier for the Liberian people. There are still challenges in these areas, but I am sure it will improve in the next six months from now.”

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