EFFL Wants President Boakai Establish Anti-Corruption Court

(Monrovia) – One of Liberia’s fastest growing political institutions, the Economic Freedom Fighters of Liberia (EFFL), says it commends President Joseph Nyuma Boakai for keeping true to his words with promises made during the 2023 elections.

The EFFL said, it is eager to support the President in carrying out his plans for the Liberian people and would like to recommend that the Liberian leader immediately form a Presidential Task Force with a timeline for access recovery as part of his sincere efforts to combat corruption.

The EFFL in a press release said, it wants President Boakai to establish the Anti-Corruption Court and make corruption a non-billable offense in his first legislative agenda.

These actions according to the EFFL, will show that the fight against corruption is being done sincerely and not some form of usual political statement.

Commenting on the recent State-of-the-Nation (SONA) address, the EFFL said, “the EFFL is pleased that the President is committed to his words to the Liberian people regarding his campaign promises, particularly with regard to combating corruption, combating illegal drugs, advancing high-quality education, bolstering the country’s economy, improving access to healthcare, and building new roads. Although the president’s SONA was heartfelt, Liberia has always struggled with carrying out presidential agendas. This is because most of our presidents are more political during their speeches than intentional about what they say on paper,” the EFFL said in a release.

The EFFL, one of the many political parties that supported President Boakai in the 2023 Presidential run-off election has pledge it fullest support in working with the Liberian leader in his quest to rescue the nation.

“We are ready to assist your administration with these kinds of activities. Secondly, we want you to deliberately return control of the economy to the people of Liberia, Mr. President. Thousands of new jobs in the private sector would be produced by such ambition. We cannot continue to raise government recurrent expenses because of the immense strain on the government payroll”, the EFFL said.

 Please see full press release from the EFFL below:

EFFL Reaction to the SONA of President Boakai

Members of the EFFL, foreign missions in Liberia, religious and traditional leaders in the country, and fellow citizens. We all saw on yesterday; a well-organized State of the Nation Address delivered by the President of the Republic of Liberia, H.E. Amb. Joseph N. Boakai Sr. The EFFL is pleased that the President is committed to his words to the Liberian people regarding his campaign promises, particularly with regard to combating corruption, combating illegal drugs, advancing high-quality education, bolstering the country’s economy, improving access to healthcare, and building new roads.

Although the president’s SONA was heartfelt, Liberia has always struggled with carrying out presidential agendas. This is because most of our presidents are more political during their speeches than intentional about what they say on paper. The EFFL is eager to support the President in carrying out his plans for the Liberian people and would like to make the following recommendations to his office: The President should immediately form a Presidential Task Force with a timeline for access recovery as part of his sincere efforts to combat corruption.

He should also include a bill to establish the Anti-Corruption Court and make corruption a non-billable offense in his first legislative agenda.

These actions will show that the fight against corruption is being done sincerely and not some form of usual political statement. In addition, the Task Force’s immediate commission will start the auditing process for the departing administration. We must take action against corruption instead of just talking about it. Because the EFFL is committed to combating corruption, we are ready to assist your administration with these kinds of activities. Secondly, we want you to deliberately return control of the economy to the people of Liberia, Mr. President. Thousands of new jobs in the private sector would be produced by such ambition. We cannot continue to raise government recurrent expenses because of the immense strain on the government payroll.

The moment has come to open up the economy to private sector growth, and in order to do so, some illegal investment incentives given to foreign corporations should be quickly eliminated. We would like you to be deliberate in this, Mr. President, since you promised the Liberian people that they would have a say in the economy. H.E. Amb. Joseph N. Boakai, the EFFL, would like to remind you of this. The executive order prohibiting the export of natural rubber weakened the Liberian economy and laid the groundwork for a reshaping of the country’s poverty distribution. For many years, Firestone, LACC, and other major stakeholders have never demanded an executive order of this kind.

This executive order ought to be fired right away since they are anti-Liberia. The Rubber Region gave you a resounding vote, and now is the time to give them something back with a decisive presidential choice. Second, under your direction, this executive order will obstruct both foreign cash inflow and domestic economic expansion. Furthermore, Mr. President, the Palms oil investment incentives that the previous administration gave to Foualin Brothers must be completely eliminated.

These incentives can only work if you are implementing a socialist system, as the EFFL has been suggesting, but since Liberia’s economy is still based on capitalism, you are unable to implement such an executive order or offer such incentives. Given the current economic paradigm, the state stands to gain nothing from such a fundamental economic school of thought. Mr. President, any muddled economic model that will impede the development of the Liberian people and state will not be accepted by the EFFL. That executive order was bad since it was influenced by money and exclusively benefited Jetty Rubber Corporation. Enabling the nearby farmers to export their rubber will boost their profit margin and provide foreign exchange needed for our local banks to run smoothly.

In conclusion: while we wish to thank you for your remarks, we must take Liberia’s reforms more seriously because the moment is now.

Published by the Liberian Economic Freedom Fighters

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