Pres. Sirleaf performs ribbon-cutting ceremony of County Service Center
Pres. Sirleaf Opens Zwedru Service Center, Dedicates Other Projects
ZWEDRU CITY, April 17 (LINA) - President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has opened the County Service Center (CSC) in Zwedru, Grand Gedeh County and dedicated several development projects in the county.
Among projects dedicated were the Zwedru Water Supply and Sanitation facilities, a modern market in Suah Town Community in Zwedru, the Zwedru Recreation Center, a junior high school in the Gboleken Community, and Commissioner Compound in Carr Town and the Zleh Market Building in Zleh Town.
The President was on the final leg of her South-eastern tour which also took her to River Gee County, dedicating several development projects and thanking the people for their roles in upholding the peace and security of the country over the past decade.
The County Service Center is part of the National Deconcentration Platform and is primarily intended to bring services closer to the people.
It is a one-stop shop where documentation services relating to permits, licenses and certifications are offered at same quality and cost as in Monrovia.
The centers are in several counties, including Grand Bassa, Margibi, Bong, Nimba, Grand Cape Mount, Gbarpolu and Bomi, among others.
According to an Executive Mansion release, President Sirleaf was earlier welcomed and presented the traditional kola nuts by chiefs and elders as well as local leaders led by Grand Gedeh County Superintendent Peter Solo as well as members of the County Legislative Caucus.
At the opening of the CSC, President Sirleaf said the once unfortunate April 14 has been transformed into a peaceful period.
She said such peaceful revolution became possible as a result of the full support and cooperation of the Liberian people and commended the people of Grand Gedeh for their desire for peace as evidenced by their partnership with the government.
The Liberian Chief Executive emphasized that she did not only come to Grand Gedeh to dedicate projects but to also interact with citizens and thanked them for keeping the peace and supporting to the government during the last 11 years.
She said: “I want to thank you in a very special way for standing by the government and for the many developments I see taking place here in Zwedru City.”
She emphasized the importance of the Local government and the Land Rights Acts, describing them as “revolutionary.”
Presenting the keys of the County Service Center to Superintendent Peter Solo, President Sirleaf congratulated Grand Gedeans for the level of development they are carrying on in the county and particularly for keeping the city clean.
She thanked Mayor Rita W. Kai for her courage and innovation in making the city clean, adding, “I have not being everywhere yet; but what I am seeing here means that Zwedru is cleaner than Monrovia,” President Sirleaf told the citizens.
The Liberian leader then challenged citizens of various counties living in Monrovia to sometimes go back to their respective counties during weekends to monitor and assess the County Service Center and other development initiatives in their counties.
In remarks, Superintendent Solo applauded President Sirleaf for dedicating the CSC and assured that the Center will be used for the purpose intended.
He described President Sirleaf as the “greatest President” ever in the history of Liberia for her ability to demonstrate leadership at all levels.
Also making remarks were the acting Chair of the County Legislative Caucus, Moria T. Waylee, Senator Conmany Wesseh of River Gee County, Deputy SRSG of UNMIL, a representative of EU, Zwedru City Mayor, and USAID, among others.
They commended President Sirleaf and the Government for establishing County Service Centers to alleviate the burden of access and to bring the government closer to the people.
They encouraged citizens and residents to make use of the center and protect it for the good of the country and its people.
President Sirleaf also made a brief stopover at the Midwifery Training Program in Douyee Town, Grand Gedeh County en route to Zleh Town.
She commended the students for being in school despite the difficulties they are encountering and pledged her government’s continued commitment to their wellbeing, among other concerns raised.
She promised to look into concerns raised by the students, including the fencing of the school campus, the issue of transportation for the School to effectively carry out its functions and for use by students and promised to take up the issue of graduates working but not on payroll with Ministry of Health authorities.
The students through Mrs. Smallwood commended the President for reopening the institution after many years of closure and for immensely contributing to the development efforts of Liberia.
During her tour, President Sirleaf made several stops along the route and interacted with jubilant citizens.
She presented food and non-food items, especially to elderly women and men, students and youths who lined the route to welcome the Liberian leader.