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 President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has concluded her visit to Bong County.

 

Pres. Sirleaf Climaxes Nationwide Tour In Bong

By Philip T. Singbah, LINA Bong County Correspondent

GBARNGA, June 25 (LINA) - President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has concluded her visit to Bong County on the final leg of her nationwide tour.

The President’s trip to Bong County took her to Belefania, Palala, Zota, Mano-Wainsue, Garmue, Bellemue, Salala, Suakoko and Handii in Fuamah District.

Upon her arrival in the county last Wednesday,  the Liberian leader was welcomed by the County Legislative Caucus, County leadership led by Superintendent Selena Polson Mappy, traditional chiefs, elders, market women, youth, students, and motorcyclists.

She held interactive Town Hall meetings, inspected ongoing projects and dedicated several completed projects during the visit.

The county tour was among other things intended to acknowledge and appreciate citizens for keeping 11 years of continued peace and for electing her twice as President.

Ahead of the Town Hall meetings, the Liberian leader met with students of the Bong County Community College who presented their grievances in an attempt to seek redress.

She dedicated several development projects, including the Belefana Commissioner Residence and the Belefana Health Center, Palala Town Hall and the Mano-winsue Clinic and Town Hall, among others.

President Sirleaf used the Town Hall meetings to recognize and appreciate citizens for supporting her government and keeping 11 years of uninterrupted peace.

She distributed gifts to children, elderly women and men who lined the road to greet and welcome her.

She said the democracy Liberians now enjoy is the result of the sacrifices made by every citizen.

She pointed out that no one can take it away from Liberians because, according to her, everyone has played their part for which she thanked all and sundry.

She commended the Women of Bong County for their courage and strong determination to move forward as evident by the many positive activities taking place in the county, especially farming.

“I have been traveling round the country for some time now, but what I see the women do in Bong County is great; Bong County women have scored high,” she told jubilant citizens of Belefania.

She commended the people of Bong County for their sincere desire for peace as demonstrated by their support to the government during the last 11 years.

The Liberian Chief Executive pointed out that the people of Bong County can be an example for others to follow in terms of development initiatives.

The Liberian leader reiterated her government’s continued commitment to paving the Gbarnga-Lofa road and said active work on the road will start in the dry season of 2017.

She told the people of Bong County that she wanted to complete the road during her administration but there was a small problem that caused the delay by the people who did the study for the road, as well as the deadly Ebola, which delayed the start time of the road.

President Sirleaf commended Jorquelleh District #2 Representative Prince K. Moye for his commitment to development and the many development initiatives in the district.

She also lauded the County Legislative Caucus and citizens for supporting the peace and called on them to continue maintaining and keeping the peace.

In brief remarks, Representative Moye praised President Sirleaf for her strong leadership role and commitment to the people of Bong County over the years, particularly for signing the Act creating Jorquelleh District Number 2 in Bong County.

“This is the only District where the people can boast of development taking place everywhere,” he noted.

District No.1 Representative Tokpa Mulbah thanked President Sirleaf for all she has done for the people of Bong County.

“No President has ever brought so much development to Liberia as compared to President Sirleaf in all of the 54 years I have been alive,” he said.

Presenting Bong County in review, Superintendent Mappy said the county has contributed significantly to the revenue generation of Liberia.

She informed the gathering that since the establishment of the Bong County Service Center, Bong County has raised L$8 million and US$83,000 respectively.

She extolled President Sirleaf for the many development projects carried out in Bong County under her administration.

Speaking earlier, a cross-section of citizens including chiefs, elders, market women and youth groups applauded President Sirleaf bringing development closer and empowering them.

They commended the Liberians leader for 11 years of peace and her distinguished service to the county.

In appreciation of the President’s development agenda to the people of Bong County and Liberia, the local leaders gowned her. 

The people of Bong expressed gratitude to her administration for shortening their distance and curtailing their suffering in their quest of higher education by setting up the Bong County Technical College.

They, however, expressed frustration over the slow pace at which work at the College is proceeding.

LINA PTS/PTK

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