President Ellen Johnson
Pres. Sirleaf Warns Against Disrupting Work At Concessions
By Prince Nagbe
MONROVIA, May 30 (LINA) - President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has called on Liberians to refrain from disrupting the operations of concessions, noting that this has the propensity to interrupt the smooth flow of the economy.
The Liberian leader made the call Wednesday in a nationwide address on the state of the economy at her Foreign Ministry office in Monrovia.
She said when people disrupt the progress of a company on account of a matter that can be resolved through dialogue, it creates delays in concluding negotiations to get a committed investment to become operational.
Pres. Sirleaf also said when individuals unfairly portray the country to the rest of the world as being unworthy of investment, “they are actually straining the engine of our bus and reducing the speed at which we could possibly travel”.
“If these things are done, it hurts all Liberians, because it makes it harder to find jobs, care for our family members, pay school fees and hospital bills and to reach out to friends,” she said, noting, this is the impact of such action on the economy and Liberians must continue to be aware of this.
The President’s call comes in the wake of several actions by residents of concession areas across the country demanding benefits for the operations of companies.
Residents in the Salala Rubber Company, Golden Veroleum, ArcelorMittal and Sime Darby operational areas have been agitating for benefits from these companies, sometimes threatening to disrupt their operations.
President Sirleaf said Liberians should exercise restraint as investments are spread overtime, which are up to 25 years or in phases in which the successful completion of one phase leads to the beginning of the next.