The government of Liberia says in order to strengthen the Country’s democracy it is paramount to have a very strong opposition.
However the government through information minister Lenn Eugene Nagbe noted that such opposition must be responsible in helping to contribute meaningfully to their own nation.
He said in as much as they welcome opposition criticism but was quick to add that such criticism should be evidence base void of sentiments and in his words empty street or side talks.
Minister Nagbe argued that in as much as the opposition will hold their feet to the fire on deliverables, it is also important for the media to check mate ugly and security related comments made by some opposition leaders and other figures in the Country and public at large, in a move to help protect the peace process.
He noted that some negative comments have the propensity to undermine the immense gains made by this government in the security sector and should be discouraged.
Mr. Nagbe told reporters that it is necessary for opposition to assist and help in the developmental drive of the Country in a more constructive way but not at the detriment of the masses including scoring selfish political gains at the disadvantage of the people.
In relations to the government performance under one year, he branded such as being successful.
He named the construction of feeder roads in Montserrado County and beyond ,the payment of WASSCE fees for all 12th graders across Liberia, the declaration of free tuition for all tertiary public institutions, the rebranding of the John F.Kennedy Memorial Hospital with modern equipment, the coastal defense force project in the municipal borough of New Kru Town and many more others as great achievements of the pro poor agenda in just one year as more he noted are expected in the coming years.
The information boss pledge the government fullest support to deliver on its promises in the interest of the peole.
On the issue of press freedom, the government spokesman indicated that the pro poor government is committed to press freedom and is at the verge through the Liberian Senate of passing the Abdullah Kamara Bill to decriminalize free speech.
However Mr. Nagbe warned Liberians to respect their leaders and be accountable for what they say,in a guide to be good and law abiding citizens .
He said despite criticism which helps further strengthen President Weah’s drive to transform the Country,He is certain and very optimistic that the PAPD will work and that this government will not fail it’s people.