Corruption Will Be My Enemy - Sirleaf
By: Lewis Glay
As part of her anti corruption strategy, President Sirleaf reiterated support for the Governance and Economic Management Program (GEMAP), which has been the work of donors and the transitional government aimed at addressing economic and management deficiencies in the country for too long. “We will accept and enforce the terms of GEMAP and will ensure competence and integrity in the management of our resources,” she asserted.
Madam Sirleaf’s inaugural speech also contained her commitment to engaging national reconciliation, development as well as health care delivery system, the improvement of civil servants status and laying the foundation for a better future of Liberian youth who over the years have been denied of basic needs in terms of education and other social services.
The restoration of electricity to Monrovia was also reassured while Liberia’s foreign policy, she promised, will be based on good neighborliness, regional cooperation and multilateral partnerships. No bordering countries of Liberia, she pledged, will suffer an inch of instability as a result of its (Liberia) soil being used by destabilizers.
The Ellen-led administration is said to be prepared to empower Liberian women in all areas of national life, adding, “Let us begin anew, moving forward into a future that is filled with hope and promise,” she urged.
African presidents who attended the ceremonies at the Capitol Building
were Olusegun Obasanjo of Nigeria, John Koufour of Ghana, Thabo M’beki
of South Africa, Blasé Compare of Bukina Faso, Faure Nasengbe of
Togo, Adulah Wade of Senegal, Tejan Kabbah of Sierra Leone, Guinean Prime
Minister, Ivorian First Lady, U.S. Secretary General Condoleezza Rice and
Mrs. Laura Bush and the Chinese Foreign Minister.
Others were representatives of Morocco, Italy, Finland, Ashland, Germany, France, among others.