President George Weah has informed his cabinet members that the year 2021 is a year of performance, commitment and diligence, and threatened to dismiss any cabinet member who fails to strictly execute his agenda.
Addressing the cabinet at its first sitting for the year on Thursday, February 4, 2021, President Weah warned that there will be zero tolerance for non-performing cabinet members and other government officials.
“This year and onwards, you must implement my agenda to stay on or take the bench. I will dismiss any official of government who fails to perform,” President Weah warns.
The Liberian leader said agriculture, the second flagship program of the Pro-Poor Agenda for Prosperity and Development (PAPD), remains a priority as his government embarks on making Liberia food secure and improving the livelihood of Liberians.
According to the Executive Mansion release, President Weah, who is expected to attend this year’s agriculture fair in Gbarnga on February 12, 2021, mandated the Minister of Agriculture, Jeanine Cooper, to ensure all government farms are cultivated.
“Madam Minister, please make sure we develop and cultivate our farm lands throughout the country this year. Let’s begin with the 5,000 acres in Grand Cape Mount. I will lead the entire cabinet to plant rice and crops by April this year,” Mr. Weah said.
Commending Min. Cooper, the Liberian President said: “I was told you are the best in terms of changing the dynamics of agriculture in the Country, and that you can help make my dreams of “made in Liberia” come true. You have so far exhibited that. I want you to do more”.
The President urged all members of the cabinet to get involved in agriculture saying: “Living by example is cardinal.”
President Weah then commended members of the cabinet for submitting detailed reports on their various achievements, he promised to peruse them before acting on a way forward insisting people who don’t perform will take the bench as there would be no sacred cow.
The cabinet also discussed and approved the President’s tour which begins on February 12, 2021 in Bong County. The first phase of the tour will take him to Bong, Nimba, Grand Gedeh, River Gee, Maryland and Grand Kru Counties.
President Weah is expected to hold town hall meetings with locals, county caucuses and administration, as well as commission projects including roads, administrative buildings and housing units.
Also during the tour, President Weah is expected to become the first ever President of Liberia to visit and interact with residents of Gbi and Doru where one of his farms is located.
Additionally, the cabinet received and discussed recommendations from the universal periodic human rights report.
Following cabinet’s review, the Minister of Justice and other line ministries including Gender, were mandated to accept and make recommendation to the international body in cognizance with Liberia’s laws and traditions.