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Liberia : President Sirleaf Arrives in Bong County; Dedicates Several Development Projects.

President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf on Wednesday, June 21, 2017 arrived in Bong County on final leg of her nationwide county tour, which took her to Belefania, Palala, Zota, Mano-Wainsue, Garmue, Bellemue, among others. She held interactive Town Hall meetings, inspected ongoing projects and dedicated several completed projects.

According to an Executive Mansion release, President Sirleaf was welcomed by the County Legislative Caucus, County leadership led by Superintendent Selena Polson Mappy, traditional chiefs, elders, market women, youth, students and motorcyclists. 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 Commissioner compounds, Clinic, Town Halls, 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 at the result of the sacrifices made by every citizen. She furthered 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 Bong 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 Countycan be an example for others to follow in terms of development initiatives undertaken. She however described the people of Bong as role models.

The Liberian leader reiterated her governments continued commitment to paving the Gbarnga to Lofa road. She said active work on the road will start in the dry season 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 including the deadly Ebola, which delayed the getting the road started in time.

President Sirleaf commended Jorquelleh District # 2 Representative Prince K. Moye for his commitment to development and 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 Prince 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 II in Bong County. This is the only District where the people can boast of development taking place everywhere, he noted.

District No. 1 Representative, Hon. Tokpa Mulbah thanked President Sirleaf for all she has done for the people of Bong. He said in his 54th year, No President has ever brought so much development to Liberia as compare to President Sirleaf.

Presenting Bong County in review, Superintendent Mappy said Bong 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 LD$8 million and US$83,000.00 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 Presidents development agenda to the people of Bong County and Liberia she was gowned. The people of Bong expressed gratitude to her administration for shortening their distance and curtailing their suffering in their quest of higher education. They lauded the Liberian leader for immensely contributing toward the development of the Bong County Technical College but expressed their frustration over the slow pace at which work at the College is proceeding.

Meanwhile, President Sirleaf has ordered the temporary closure of the Bong County Technical College until September at which time normal academic work will resume. She however, told the students that a meeting will be arranged with Members of the County Caucus and other stakeholders in Monrovia aimed at reaching amicable solution that will address all the issues affecting the school. She met with the Interim Management Team, Board Members, the County Legislative Caucus and students in Gbarnga City on Thursday, June 22, 2017. The college will reopen in September this year during which a new management team will be named while an investigation will be launched to establish cause for the delay in completing construction work on the college.

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Date:Jun 23, 2017
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