Job creation and innovation must be our focus: Senator Armah Zolu Jallah

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NEW YORK—To support President George Manneh Weah’s administration agenda, lawyer and Gbarpolu County Senator Armah Zolu Jallah is strategizing to come up with legislative priorities that would meet and address the needs of the Liberian people in terms of helping the administration in securing employment and implementing workforce development initiatives.

The former president Pro Tempore wants the Liberian Senate and House of Representative’s legislative priorities to focus on helping President Weah and Vice President Jewel Howard Taylor in creating good paying jobs, forging national unity and strengthening the country’s peace and stability, which are the president’s priorities and the backbone of his “pro-poor agenda.

Senator Jallah’s list of priorities includes protecting jobs in the country’s private sector, addressing the heroin and opioid epidemic amongst various communities across the country, finding ways to prevent domestic violence, and fixing the educational system.

Senator Jallah, who recently returned from an overseas trip to Asia and other parts of the world, said Lawmakers should focus on providing incentives and developing a marketing strategy to attract job creators to Liberia and in their respective legislative districts as well as motivate Liberian business people to become active participants in developing the national economy.

The veteran lawmaker said over the next few months, he will engage and work with his fellow lawmakers and Liberian professionals at home and abroad to propose legislation and develop appropriate institutional mechanisms that will advance the creation of public and private sector jobs, secure and strengthen Liberian communities, and keep the country’s economic recovery on track.

The Liberian Senator wants meaningful private-public partnership projects in every single one of Liberia’s 15 counties, on all universities campuses in the country, and in all the public hospitals.  He said such projects would provide work for farmers engaged in agricultural food production, painters, roofers, electricians, masons, plumbers and local engineers, as well as people, involved in leisure and hospitality, entertainment and recreation, just to name a few.

Senator Jallah believes and said: “we all do better when we all do better.” Putting our fellow Liberians to work must be at the core of the efforts we are making to rebuild our economy, work with and support President Weah’s agenda.

Senator Armah Zolu Jallah

“I believe that having a job is not just about income, but also pride and dignity for workers and their families,” he said.  He said he will be working to support economic development and tourism nationwide.

On Creating New Jobs

Senator Jallah said: “The global economic downturn has resulted in lost jobs in the private sector of Liberia.”

While some private sector jobs are still available, many Liberians nationwide are still looking for the opportunity to get back to work or find new jobs.  He said both President Weah and members of his CDC’s administration have good intentions for Liberia. It is therefore up the Liberian people to support those intentions and the president.

“We can address this problem on two fronts. First, we must ensure that we present a good image of our country to the outside and investors and that includes working with all three branches of government amicably and making sure the Liberian press plays its part in disseminating truthful and honest information. Second, we must pass legislation that creates public and private sector jobs, including local jobs in every county,” the Senator said.

He said the administration of President Weah and Vice President Jewel Howard Taylor is determined to chart a new course that supports and protects Liberian workers and communities while simultaneously attracting and protecting investors’ interests. He, therefore, urges his colleagues in the legislature to support the government’s agenda in areas that they can all work together for the good of the country.

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Paul Stevens

Paul Stevens is a researcher, media issues analyst and senior contributor with Globe Afrique.

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