RAHI CALLS ON OFFICIALS TO MAKE REFORMS, STOP PUBLIC WASTE EXPENDITURE

Maronite Patriarch, Cardinal Bechara Boutros Rahi, Sunday called on Lebanese officials to show responsibility in carrying out the necessary reforms and putting an end to wasting public funds.

Rahi, who presided over a Mass service at Saint-Joseph School in Aintoura, urged officials “to cease public waste expenditure and corruption in the administration,” adding that “Lebanese officials must plan for an economic growth in all sectors and shift the Lebanese economy from a consumption economy to a productive one.”

Commenting on the education crisis, the Prelate affirmed that “the State is in charge of preserving private schools in Lebanon.”

He said that the State should support private schools by incurring the cost of rising teachers’ salaries; otherwise, it would hold the blame for the closure of many Catholic schools in Lebanon.

Finally, Rahi hoped for the “success of the Paris Conference scheduled on April 6 to promote economic recovery and the Brussels Conference scheduled on April 25 to alleviate the burden of the presence of one million and seven hundred thousand displaced Syrians in Lebanon.”

Source: National News Agency