President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf
Pres. Sirleaf Announces Relief Measures For Citizens
By Prince S. Nagbe
MONROVIA, January 24 (LINA) – President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has announced several relief measures aimed at alleviating the economic burden facing the citizenry.
“We are more indebted to our citizens who have been patient, even during these trying times; we hear your cries, we understand your pain and we are committed to employing all our efforts to help alleviate this burden despite current constraints in resources,” the Liberian leader emphasized.
Delivering her final Annual Message to the people of Liberia in the Joint Chambers of the National Legislature on Capitol Hill on Monday, President Sirleaf said the measures will go into effect soon.
She said Government will propose Amendments to the Education Reform Act of 2011, aimed at removing all fees and charges, official or otherwise, from Early Childhood Education in public schools, consistent with the government’s commitment to free education.
The measures will “Extend, to 12th grade, free education in public schools, commencing Fiscal Year 2017/18 budget,” stressing, “Penalties will be imposed on all those institutions and their heads that continue to extract money from parents and students.”
They will also waive storage charges and customs duties for containers that have stayed over 60 days in the Freeport of Monrovia, through procedures to be established by the Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA) and the National Port Authority (NPA), which will include the establishment of a tracking system that will prevent the overstay of these containers at the port.
Other measures will include waiver of duty-free charges on road construction equipment for Liberian-owned businesses for a period of six months, ending June
2017, as a way of encouraging Liberian participation in the development of road infrastructure.
The President’s Annual Message to the nation is in keeping with Article 58 of the Constitution which mandates her to present the administration's Legislative program on the fourth working Monday in January each year.