The Inquirer (Monrovia)

2 June 2006

Liberia: PFL Donates Several Items to Justice

The Prison Fellowship Liberia (P.F.L.) has donated several assorted items including a brand new Ambulance valued at US$125.000 to the Ministry of Justice.

The donated items were given to Prison Fellowship Liberia by her partner, Prison Fellowship International (P.F.I) who subsequently donated them to the Justice Ministry, Northwest Medical Team International, Ministry of Health and others. These donated items are indented to be used for several prisons and Health Centers in the country.

Speaking during the turning over ceremony on Friday, May 26, 2006, on the United Methodist Compound, Located on 13th Street Sinkor, the Executive Director of Prison Fellowship Liberia, Rev. Francis S. Kollie said, "This moment marks the real big event in the history of (P.F.L.) as she tries to supplement the G.O.L.'s efforts in meeting the need of our brothers and sisters who are behind bars at various prison centers across the country."

He said the requests of these items were made some three years ago and during a conference in Hong Kong 2005. During the conference the plight of Liberians was highlighted and assistance was sought. "All what P.F.I. asked us was, could the government grant you duty free to clear donation at the port entry of your country? In strong faith we said yes then, upon our return we met with Mr. Saah Gbolie, then Assistant Justice Minister for Rehabilitation, who at the time gave us the assurance."

Thereafter, Rev. Francis S. Kollie communicated with his international partners on the government's assurance which we have gathered to witness today.

Receiving the items on behalf of the Justice Minister, the Director for Economic and Finance Management at the Ministry, Mr. Edward Grant, said," the donation was timely and that it came at the time when the items were most needed for the prison population of Liberia. The Ambulance, beds, mattresses, and others which I can't name all, I want to simply say thank you for the donation."

Mr. Grant said that the absence of these materials in the Prison Centers have been some of the major problems faced by the government of Liberia.

Earlier, in presenting the items to the Minister, The Chairperson, Mrs. Comfort T. Nimineh Logan said, "It is our hope that as we present these items to you, they will be seen as just the part of the process that is not just one and all but at this particular time this is what we can afford. While we look forward in the future for more assistance from our international partners, it is our ardent hope and prayer that the GOL will continue to extend her hands of support in this endeavor.

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