Simeon Freeman to Slice Gov’t

first_imgMPC standard bearer, Simeon Freeman, believes the government of Liberia needs to be relieved of deadweight caused by certain ministries and agencies“My administration will reduce the number of ministries and agencies,” he saysSimeon Freeman, the political leader of the opposition Movement for Progressive Change (MPC), has been saying it since he first ran for president of Liberia in 2011: that, if elected, he would reduce the current size of the Liberian government from 82 to 22 ministries and agencies.Mr. Freeman reiterated his promise recently at the second regionalized presidential debate organized by Liberia Media for Democratic Initiatives and the Public Trust Media Group in Tubmanburg, Bomi County.He said government was spending over US$240 million annually on its workforce, because the ministries and agencies are overlapping the functions assigned to the other.Freeman said his idea to slice government ministries and agencies would enable his proposed administration to save significant amounts of money, which he intends to redeploy to empower the private sector.The President of Liberia cannot close down a ministry unilaterally; the decision requires a legislative procedure. For any ministry of government to be closed down, the President would need to communicate said desire to the Legislature, whose prerogative it would be to determine whether or not to endorse the President’s request. This will include the implications of how much it would cost the government to provide severance package for hundreds, if not thousands of civil servants affected by the closures.The MPC standard bearer said he would set up 30 private agricultural companies in the 15 counties to empower Liberian farmers. The companies, Freeman said, would intervene in the agriculture sector by providing implements and equipments, free of charge, to make the sector viable.Freeman noted that the companies would also add value to farmers’ products for export.He promised to direct some of government’s revenues to set up 200 factories, including corn oil producing plants.The factories, he said, would help to provide employment for 100,000 Liberians in his first 100 days in office.“Liberians don’t need college education or high school certificates to work in factories, but practical knowledge and commitment,” Freeman stated.He said Liberia has had bad leaders, “because of the criteria the citizens have set to elect a president, senators, and representatives.”He noted that many candidates have promised to develop the country, but have not said where they would get the money from to do so.Freeman said Liberians are not considering that it would be difficult to borrow money for Liberia from any international partner in the new government, “because the country is already indebted to multi-national firms.”Freeman claimed that under the President Johnson Sirleaf administration, 20 percent of Liberia’s forests have been cleared and shipped out of the country, in good faith, “but only that citizens are yet to feel the impact.”If elected in October, Freeman said he would use his expertise to mobilize money domestically, but did not say how he was going to achieve that objective.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Leicester ‘submit offer to sign’ Tottenham target

first_img Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti IN DEMAND TOP WORK Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January LIVING THE DREAM LATEST moving on Omur (far right) has been capped by Turkey at youth level Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father REVEALED 1 Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star Liverpool’s signings under Michael Edwards – will Minamino be the next big hit? center_img RANKED targets Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Latest transfer news Chelsea confident of beating Man United and Liverpool to Sancho signing Leicester City have stepped up their interest in Tottenham target Abdulkadir Omur by submitting an offer for the young midfielder.Omur, a Turkey Under-21 international, has attracted the attention of clubs from across Europe following an impressive season for hometown club Trabzonspor. targets Both Spurs and Benfica have been tracking the 19-year-old for some time, while Leicester are said to have recently joined the race as well.And now, according to Turkish news outlet Fotomac, the Foxes are looking to steal a march by making the first serious move for Omur. Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland three-way race Claude Puel’s side are believed to have submitted a formal offer for the central midfielder as they look to complete their fourth signing of the summer after Jonny Evans and Ricardo Pereira, the defenders, and attacking midfielder James Maddison arrived at the King Power Stadium.Leicester have money to spend following the £60million sale of Riyad Mahrez to Manchester City, and Omur has been tipped to be one of several new additions to arrive at the club this summer before the transfer window closes next month.last_img read more

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