President George Weah of Liberia today paid a courtesy call on Nigeria’s President Buhari, pleading with the latter to help Liberia with 6000 teachers.
Among other things, he said: “… More specifically, under the Bilateral Teacher Exchange programme, we are seeking 6,000 plus teachers to make up for the shortage of good teachers in our educational system”, [ads1]he told his host President Buhari who is expected in Ghana on 6th March to mark our 61st Independence anniversary.
Addressing Nigeria’s State House correspondents after his meeting with Buhari, the Liberian leader identified some of the urgent problems facing his country as youth unemployment, low education standards, and challenges in agricultural mechanization, mining and health sectors.
He praised Nigerian help for Liberia while asking for more to be done.
“Your sustained technical assistance for capacity building in these sectors is most welcome. For example, Nigerian teachers and medical volunteers to Liberia, under the Technical Assistance Corps, TAC, Agreement with Liberia, have been very crucial in boosting capacity development in Liberia, and it is my hope that this assistance can be considerably increased to address with urgency our most pressing socio-economic needs at this time”, he said.
“Our people have voted for change, and for hope. And change is finally here. But mere political change is meaningless without development and prosperity”, he said.
“Your Excellency, we need Nigeria’s help to jump-start our economy. You played a major role in bringing peace to Liberia, you reformed our Army and today it is performing its duties to the highest professional standards. As we speak, they are serving in a peace-keeping mission in Mali.
“You have also built and expanded the capacities of Liberians in so many ways. For example, during our recent observance of Armed Forces Day in Liberia, we were informed that two of our military personnel will soon be graduating as pilots from one of your esteemed institutions.”, he added.
George Tawlon Manneh Oppong Ousman Weah is a retired footballer and Liberian politician, who became the 25th President of Liberia in 2018, defeating Joseph Baokai.