President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf
“We Are Making Significant Strides Amidst Challenges,” President Sirleaf Tells Liberians
By Prince Nagbe
MONROVIA, July 28 (LINA) – President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has said her government has made and continues to make significant strides amidst the many difficulties and challenges it has experienced this year.
“By all accounts, this has been a difficult year; we have had a serious budget shortfall, depreciation in the exchange rate, flooding from climate change and other man-made interventions, the sharp decline in the price of rubber, which further offset the balance of trade and most sadly the spread of the deadly Ebola virus which has claimed the lives of more than 100 Liberians,” President Sirleaf noted.
The Liberian Head of State made the assertion in her message at programs marking the observance of Liberia’s 167th Independence Anniversary on Saturday at the Centennial Memorial Pavilion in Monrovia.
President Sirleaf pointed out that amidst these unfortunate developments, the Government of Liberia has resolved land issues and accelerated operations through the increase in the productive agriculture and mining sectors.
The President further pointed out that Liberia is on course to meeting the Millennium Development Goal Four (MGD4) in recognition of the best record in reducing child mortality.
According to the Liberian leader, Liberia is expected to meet the required number of indicators on the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) index in order to ensure the country’s participation in President Obama’s Power Africa Program.
She also disclosed that the justice system of her government has tackled and won landmark cases on human trafficking and corruption and will continue its fight against these serious national impediments.
In the area of infrastructure development, President Sirleaf said the Government is working around the clock to make sure that it provides electricity to additional communities to allow the cost for current to drop at the completion of the Heavy Fuel Oil Power Plant (HFO) at the end of the year.
She disclosed that at the start of the dry season, the Government will show significant progress in improving the country’s air and sea ports as well as continue the construction of primary roads, having concluded financing arrangements for these projects.
The Liberian leader said Liberia continues to acclaim goodwill and respect both regionally and globally and looks forward to carrying out its role in the first ever historic United States-Africa Leaders’ Summit.