3 Things George Weah Needs From Nigeria
The President of Liberia, George Weah held talks with President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday at the Presidential Villa in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.
At that meeting, the new Liberian leader, reeled out areas his country would be needing support from the African giant.
1. Jump-Start Economy
President Weah wants Nigeria’s help jump-start his nation's economy.
He says mere political change is meaningless without development, prosperity and growth.
According to him, Nigeria had played major roles in sustaining peace and stability in Liberia as well as providing it with quality manpower training and technical assistances.
He expressed gratitude to Nigeria, saying it deserved special commendation for ensuring peace and stability in the West African sub-region as the country had never used its wealth and military prowess to de-stabilise any sovereign nation in the region.
"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 it 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," he said.
2. Addressing Teachers' Deficit
Nigerian teachers and medical volunteers are in Liberia under the Technical Assistance Corps TAC) Agreement and the Liberian leader says they have been very crucial in boosting human capacity development.
But he wants an increase in the assistance “to address with urgency our most pressing socio-economic needs at this time".
Weah wants Nigeria to assist Liberia further to address the deficit of over 6,000 teachers.
He is recommending that the deficit could be tackled under the Bilateral Teacher Exchange Programme so as to make up for the shortage of good teachers in Liberian educational system.
3. Exploring Agriculture Sector
The Liberian leader also told Buhari that his nation is seeking experts and extension workers to build capacity in its agricultural sector, particularly with crops such as cassava and rubber.
Liberia may just be on its way to reflect Nigeria's rubber glory which is long gone from the oil-rich nation which now focuses attention on crude as its major source of revenue.