22 October 2010

Liberia: Ellen Dedicates Several Dev. Projects in Bassa

President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, in Grand Bassa County for a Cabinet retreat, Wednesday renewed her Government's commitment to national development throughout the country.

Addressing residents along towns and villages, en route to Buchanan, the President pointed to the construction of the Cotton Town-Bokay Town road, which is now nearing completion, as a true testimony that infrastructural development, particularly the rehabilitation and construction of roads, remain at the center of Government's development priorities.

"Access to good roads improves trade because you have an opportunity to transport your goods to be sold; access to good roads reduces poverty," the President told cheering residents as she inspected the 9 mile stretch of road which will ease travel between Margibi and Grand Bassa Counties.

Construction on additional 6 miles of the highway has now begun while arrangements for the construction of the remaining 35-miles are progressing.

The President said she is hopeful that the entire stretch of the highway to Buchanan would be completed during the next dry season, according to an Executive Mansion dispatch from Buchanan.

The Liberian leader thanked the residents for maintaining the peace and supporting Government's development programs, which she noted, are being executed within the framework of Government's Poverty Reduction Strategy.

The President Wednesday dedicated a city hall in Hartford, District #2, urging the residents to protect and sustain the facilities, which were renovated by the County Development Fund.

There were more dedication of projects on Thursday, including a newly completed Commissioner's quarters in Korkor David Town, a magisterial court in Compound #3, an elementary school in Kpany Town and a clinic in Upper Buchanan.

The President also dedicated the Bassa Community College with an enrollment of over 500 students as well as a youth center. The center was constructed by the Ministry of Youth & Sports in partnership with the United Nation's Children Fund (UNICEF) under its Peace building initiative.

The Superintendant of the County, Madam Julia Duncan Cassell, accompanied by the County's Legislative Caucus, and an array of national and local officials, including Internal Affairs Minister Harrison Karnwea, were joined by hundreds of residents to greet the Liberian leader upon arrival in Buchanan.

The residents expressed their support for the President with songs and slogans.

County Superintendants and the Bassa Legislative Caucus have, meanwhile, held a tet-a-tete with the President to brief her on developments within their areas.

The Cabinet retreat, intended to review progress on the 'Lift Liberia' Poverty Reduction Strategy starts on Friday, October 22.

Cabinet ministers and other government officials as well as executives of other agencies of government and development partners are already in Buchanan for the two-day retreat. Writes Cyrus Wleh Badio, Press Secretary to the President

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