The Inquirer (Monrovia)

24 February 2006

Liberia: USAID Dedicates Two Projects

In less than a week, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), through its implementing partners, has inaugurated and turned over to the people of Liberia two refurbished building projects.

On Tuesday, the renovated Zwedru Administrative Building in Grand Gedeh County, which costs about US$120.000, was dedicated by President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf and subsequently turned over to the citizens and residents of the county. The Liberia Community Infrastructure Program (LCIP) implemented the project.

Also on yesterday, the reconstructed edifice of the African Methodist Episcopal University (AMEZU) on Camp Johnson Road was inaugurated by the United States Ambassador to Liberia Donald Booth and turned over to the school's family for use.

According to AMEZU President, Dr. Levi Zangai, the Development Alternative Incorporated (DAI) awarded a USAID funded grant to the institution in the total amount of US$ 992,259.00.

Dr. Zangai said bulk o f the grant was used to reconstruct the Hatcher-Henninh-Norris Human Resource Center, the main academic building of the AMEZU including the construction of the school's auditorium, offices and sanitary facilities. The grant will also construct additional classrooms that will provide over 2,000 students access to education.

Speaking at the dedicatory ceremonies of both the Zwedru Administrative Building and the AMEZU, U.S. Ambassador Booth lauded the people of America and USAID Mission Director Wilbur Thomas for making the funds available to undertake such worthy projects for the benefits of Liberians.

Amb. Booth said since the signing of the Accra Peace Accord, the U.S government has committed US$1billion to Liberia, which has helped to secure the peace that Liberians are today enjoying.

Also speaking during the dedicatory ceremony on Tuesday in Zwedru City, Grand Gedeh County, President Sirleaf lauded the people of the Unite States for the numerous assistance made over the years to Liberians.

The Liberian Chief Executive described America as a true friend to Liberia. She said the connection in the American-Liberian friendship should be something that should warm the hearts of all Liberians.

President Sirleaf lauded the George Walker Bush administration through United States Ambassador Donald Booth for its support for the total restoration of peace and tranquility in Liberia.

The Zwedru Administrative building was built in 1974 by the William R. Tolbert administration during the late Albert T. White tenure as superintendent of Grand Gedeh County. The building consists of county offices, court, post office, etc.

The inauguration of the newly AMEZU edifice was witnessed by the visiting U.S Congressional team that left the country on yesterday.

Over two hundred ex-combatants were hired by the Liberia Community Infrastructure Program (LCIP) to execute the two projects in Zwedru and Monrovia respectively.

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