President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf inspects and dedicates Projects in Nimba

Sunday, 4th February 2007
President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf cuts the ribbon to formally dedicate a newly constructed palava hut in Kpaytuo, Nimba County.
President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf cuts the ribbon to formally dedicate a newly constructed palava hut in Kpaytuo, Nimba County.
Photo Credit: Adama B. Thompson/Executive Mansion
Monrovia, Liberia - President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf says the commitment of her government to develop Liberia remains strong and irreversible. This government, the President said, will develop Liberia to the aspiration of the Liberian people no matter what detractors say or do. Amid thunderous applause by citizens of Nimba, the President said government will not be deterred in its efforts to bring development to all parts of the country and nothing will alter the course, adding, “you lead, you follow or get out of the way.”

President Johnson Sirleaf was speaking in Ganta City on Saturday, when she dedicated a number of development projects in the area, including the Liberian-Bangladeshi Friendship Center. The Center is equipped with a computer lab an internet café; a health, Hygiene and First Aid Unit, carpentry and tailoring shop as well as an electrical and Generator-maintenance section. The Center was set up through the collaborative efforts of the Bangladeshi Battalion #10; the Ministry of Education and the United Nations Military Mission in Liberia as well as the J.W. Pearson High School in Ganta.

The President thanked the Bangladeshi Battalion for taking peace keeping to a new level through their support for local development projects. The President urged the people of Nimba to unite and reconcile with each other. Peace in Nimba, the Chief Executive noted, goes beyond Peacekeepers. “Peace comes when we internalize it; it comes when the tensions that have divided the people can be put behind them,” President Johnson Sirleaf asserted, urging the People of Nimba to put peace on a permanent path.

The President who was accompanied by her special guests, American Billionaire and Philanthropist, George Soros and Queen Noor of Jordon, made stops in several towns including Flumpa, Yarsonnoh, Meinpa, Kpatou, as well as Saclapea-mah District. Flanked by local officials including the Unity Party candidate for District # 6, Mr. Evans Koah, the President lauded the people of Nimba particularly District # 6 for being supportive of government’s development programs. The President also praised the people of the District for their support for the candidacy of Mr. Koah, and assured them that if given the chance, Candidate Koah would bring development to the area because he shares her vision for development and progress.

While in Nimba, President Johnson Sirleaf also broke grounds for the construction in Ganta of a local legislative office of Representative Nau Kidor. The President also dedicated a Palava Hut in Kpatou. The Project is one of 100 Community development initiatives by citizens throughout the country. The Liberian leader also dedicated a local branch of the Liberia Bank for Development and Investment (LBDI) in Ganta.

The President and party returned to Monrovia Saturday evening.

Meanwhile, Billionaire and Philanthropist George Soros and Queen Noor of Jordan have left the country following a four-day visit to Liberia. The President’s special guests left the country Sunday morning. Mr. Soros hosted a dinner Saturday night in honor of the President. He reiterate his commitment toward the development program of Liberia, noting that the country is on the right path to recovery and sustained growth and development.