Long Awaited… Young Folks In; Old Folks Out

By: Lewis K. Glay 0886469835/lglay.inprofile@gmail.com

 

The second and largest batch of nominees in the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC)-led government seems to unveil President George Manneh Weah’s determination to get the young folks of Liberia actively involved in the governance system of the country.

At ministries, agencies and public corporations, President Weah, as demonstrated by the latest nominations of Liberians, has exhibited the launch of a promise he made to the young people that they would work in the government once he was elected.

Unprecedentedly, before commencing the formation of the CDC-led government, President Weah ordered previous officials of the Unity Party-led government to leave offices, thereby passing caretaking authority over to Human Resource Managers of ministries, agencies and public corporations to take charge until new officials are appointed to run the day-to-day affairs of those entities.

This move, seasoned administrators observed, caught unaware many former officials who thought they would hold on until fresh appointments were made by the President before relinquishing offices.

Though critics say most of the young people being nominated are inexperienced with some reportedly having no first degrees, gender equality is said to be considered and that many of those nominated are people who, over the years, criticized past administrations for doing little or nothing to improve the lives of Liberians.

“Thank God President Weah has not paid deaf ears to their quest as he forthwith began nominating some of them to serve in government. This is a testament that young people are included in the initial stage of the formation of the CDC-led government. All they need to do is to be capable in performing the duties and functions of their respective positions,” a former Assistant Minister of the UP-led government told the In Profile Daily in Monrovia.

The former government official argued that it is different to be advocate and criticize government than serving as official and at the same time playing advocacy role, adding, “sooner than later, the young people in government will get to know the difference between campus politics and national politics.”

However, other Liberians remain sceptical to see how well the regime will sail in the midst of challenging economic constraints, joblessness and abject poverty which have greeted the new regime.

Yet, on the average, Liberians are optimistic that President Weah is likely to succeed because his initial approach signals inclusiveness and ownership of a regime that wants to see Liberians united for growth and development.

Recalled during the 2017 presidential and legislative  elections , ‘ generational change’ overwhelmed the campaign message of the Coalition for Democratic Change, thus indicating that the young people of Liberia

who had decried marginalization by aging politicians  were on the move to  take state power, once the CDC gets elected.

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