President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf
Pres. Sirleaf Lauds EU, Dedicates Cassava Processing Center
MONROVIA, August 10 (LINA) - President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has lauded the European Union (EU) for its continuous contributions to Liberia’s recovery efforts.
According to an Executive Mansion release, the Liberian leader made the commendation during the dedication of a modern cassava processing center in Kormah Town, Clay Ashland, Montserrado County at the weekend.
“I am very impressed. What this project has done today means it has set an example all over that we mean business,” President Sirleaf indicated.
She thanked the EU for its continued financial assistance to Liberia and for all they have done within the various sectors in Liberia.
President Sirleaf thanked the people of Kormah for their support to the country’s agricultural sector and for complementing government’s efforts to ensure that enough food is available on the Liberian market at affordable price.
The President made particular mention of the resilience and determination of the people of Kormah Town for raising over two million Liberian dollars through village savings.
She encouraged them to ensure that relations between the European Union and Liberia remain strong.
In remarks at the ceremony, the head of Cooperation at the EU, Stefan Ellero, reiterated the Union’s commitment to the development of Liberia and thanked Pres. Sirleaf for creating the enabling environment; adding, “Successful projects like this need to be implemented in different communities across Liberia.”
Mr. Ellero also thanked Welthungerhilfe (WHH), ACF and RUAF for implementing the project, adding, “It was rewarding.”
For her part, the Head of Project UPANI, Mrs. Irene Sleven, put the cost of the center at US$27,000, including equipment, and thanked the people of Kormah Town for their cooperation during the execution phase.
In separate remarks, Clay Ashland City Mayor Alveria Morris-Raynes, Town Chief J. Momo Johnson and Kormah Town chairlady Mrs. Sando Johnson expressed appreciation to Pres. Sirleaf and partners for affording them the opportunity to work and earn a living.
They explained that the over two million Liberian dollars was raised through their village saving initiative.
The project, under the theme: ‘Enhancing Food Security and Nutrition in and around Monrovia and Tubmanburg,’ was funded by the EU and implemented by Welthungerhilfe (WHH), in partnership with ACF and RUAF.