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Gov't Renews Vow to Tackle Corruption, Poverty

June 16, 2014

Wilfred Gortor & Prince Nagbe

Information Minister Lewis G. Brown has reiterated Government's commitment to fight corruption and usher Liberians out of poverty.

Minister Brown said in order for Liberians to graduate from the stage of poverty, the government and all citizens must dedicate their time and efforts to making sure that the economy is fully recovered.

The MICAT boss made the call recently at the Ministry of Information's weekly press briefing in Monrovia.

He acknowledged statistics of the World Bank and African Development Bank that in 2006, about 76.6 percent of Liberians lived below the national poverty line, but noted that this figure had reduced significantly in 2010 to 54.6 percent.

He described this as a "considerable improvement", and pledged Government's commitment to further making the lives of Liberians better.

"With these figures, it means that poverty is on the decline. I am not saying that the fight against poverty is over, but it proves that this government has exerted more efforts in the fight against poverty and is committed to doing even more," Brown said.

According to him, the essence of a government and the value of a social contract are for a government to lift its people out of poverty, noting, "it is the fundamental duty of the Government of Liberia to uphold that social contract."

Min. Brown stated that government will do all it can to multiply the scarce resources available to the Liberian people to provide more schools, hospitals, power supply and every necessity that anyone can dream about.

He reiterated that the fight against corruption still remains a priority of the Government, adding, "This government has done exceptionally well in the corruption battle because all Liberians are aware of the ills that corruption can bring to a country."

He said if Liberians desist from corrupt practices that they once saw as good in the past, the country will move forward in the fight against corruption and Liberia will be a better place for the future generation.

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Source: AllAfrica

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