President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf cuts ribbon to the Center as MadamTheodosia Sowa of the UN Women Development Fund, Cllr. Chesson Wureh and Senator Taylor assist.
Pres. Sirleaf Dedicates Chief Suakoko Center
By Ballah Kollie, LINA Bong County Correspondent
SUAKOKO, June 10 (LINA) - President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has dedicated the newly-constructed Chief Suakoko Center for Rural Women Empowerment, with a call on women and girls to take advantage of the available opportunities at the center.
She said the center is intended to ensure that Chief Suakoko is remembered in the history of Liberia.
Chief Suakoko is reported to have been Paramount Chief in the 1860s, in Western Kpellehland, now part of the Republic of Guinea.
Being courageous, hospitable and believing in oneness, Chief Suakoko rose among her male counterparts to become a female chief who left an indelible mark in the history of the Republic of Liberia.
The center will provide many training opportunities, including micro-finance, leadership, development as well as studies in peace-building and reconciliation, among other disciplines.
“With a sense of commitment, another promise has been fulfilled,” said an apparently elated President Sirleaf at the ceremony held on Monday, June 9 on the main campus of the Cuttington University in Suakoko, Bong County.
The Liberian leader lauded the Angie Brooks International Center (ABIC) and partners for the project, and praised rural women for the leadership role they continue to play in the country.
Presenting the Center’s history, ABIC Coordinator Yvette Chesson-Wureh said the establishment of the center dates back to 2009, when President Sirleaf committed to institutionalize the memories of Madam Angie Brooks, Liberia’s astute female icon and Chief Suakoko, a female traditional leader of repute.
She said the Chief Suakoko Center for Rural Women Empowerment is a non-profit institution that will seek to build the capacity of women and girls to prepare them for future challenges.
Madam Chesson-Wureh praised President Sirleaf for providing the bulk of the funding, and all who assisted in ensuring the completion of the project.
She did not state the cost of the facility.