President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf
Pres. Sirleaf Inspects Projects in Sinoe, Grand Kru
GREENVILLE, March 19 (LINA) - President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has challenged the people of Sinoe and Grand Kru counties to get totally involved in preparations for the successful hosting of this year’s Independence Day 26 celebrations in the two counties.
He reminded them of the enormous task ahead of co-hosting this year’s Independence Anniversary on July 26.
As part of her decentralization of the country’s Independence Anniversary celebration, President Sirleaf last April announced, during a visit to Sinoe County, that the two south-eastern counties will co-host Liberia’s 167th Independence Anniversary, with the main activities taking place in Greenville.
An Executive Mansion release says President Sirleaf is currently in Sinoe and Grand Kru inspecting development projects and the level of preparation so far for this year’s Independence Anniversary celebration. She departed Monrovia on Sunday, March 16.
At separate meetings with the citizens of the two counties, President Sirleaf urged them to demonstrate their ownership of the celebration, by working with county authorities to recondition their homes, thereby signaling to the visiting guests that the people of these two counties are embracing development in their communities.
“The 26 celebration belongs not only to the government, but to every citizen of Sinoe and Grand Kru Counties. We want every citizen to take part in this celebration; so we want all of you to contribute to it in a small way,” she urged her compatriots.
At the welcome program for her safe arrival held at the Greenville City Hall, President Sirleaf told the people of the two counties that government is aware of the slow pace of preparations; but was quick to inform them that her visit to the two counties officially marks an upsurge in preparations for the occasion.
The Liberian leader informed the people that the Legislative Caucuses of the two counties were working with the Executive Branch of Government, to successfully host this year’s celebration, which she said demonstrates the level of cooperation between the two branches for development initiatives in the two counties.
She also challenged the Legislative Caucuses of the two counties to serve as motivators to the people, by building more guest houses to accommodate the hundreds of foreign and local guests that are expected to come for the celebration, which would benefit both owners and users during the celebration.
“Celebrating July 26 comes with development, and this is why we have come for us to properly plan the event for the sole purpose of bringing development into your communities,” President Sirleaf stressed.
The Liberian leader said she was already impressed with the level of enthusiasm from the host counties for the upcoming celebration and hoped that the enthusiasm will be turned into reality.
She told the people of the two counties that while they do their part to have a successful celebration, government is equally obligated to do its part, especially the reconditioning the Buchanan-Greenville Highway, before the raining season begins.
President Sirleaf then officially presented the Director General of the General Service Agency, Mary Broh, to the two counties as she takes over program planning and preparing accommodation facilities leading to the actual celebrations on July 26, 2014.
The Liberian leader described Madam Broh as workaholic, and encouraged the citizens to work with the General Services Agency in the planning process.
In separate remarks, Superintendents Milton Teahjay and Elizabeth Dempster thanked the Liberian President for the pre-Independence Anniversary visit to their counties.
Sinoe County Superintendent Teahjay boastfully told President Sirleaf that she does not have to panic about his county’s preparation, as the citizens have all resolved to fully participate in the preparation, thereby demonstrating the county’s desperation for development in their communities.
Mr. Teahjay told his people about President Sirleaf’s plans to develop Liberia, especially the south-eastern county, and admonished them to serve as ambassadors for Sinoe County’s success.
For her part, Grand Kru County Superintendent Dempster informed the Liberian President about the eagerness of the citizens of the county to co-host a successful Independence Anniversary celebration, as it will bring additional infrastructural development to the county.
Madam Dempster assured President Sirleaf, on behalf of the people of the County, of their fullest support to all government planned projects earmarked for the celebration.
She particular praised the administration of President Sirleaf for connecting Greenville to Barclayville by road, for the first time since the county was created in the late 1990s.