The New Dawn (Monrovia)

18 March 2013

Liberia: Prioritize Liberians - Ellen Tells Companies

President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf has urging concession companies to prioritize Liberians for employment in their various operational areas as part of their partnership role in Liberia's reconstruction drive.

At a consultative meeting in Monrovia with nearly all major concession companies operating in Liberia on Tuesday, 12 March 2013, President Sirleaf called on companies operating here not to only look at low level positions, but also managerial level as well.

According to an Executive Manson release, the meeting was held under the auspices of the inter-ministerial concession committee (IMCC) chaired by President Sirleaf.

The release revealed that during the meeting, President Sirleaf stressed that companies employing Liberians will buttress government's efforts in creating a stable economy.

"Though we are aware of the capacity of some Liberians in taking up managerial level posts, we all can work together to resolve this situation through training," the Liberian leader told the meeting.

She urged the concessionaires to consider working with Liberian businesses that are specialized in their area of operation. Land issue also became dominant among challenges highlighted by concessionaires when given the opportunity during the meeting to outline challenges facing their operations here.

The companies, especially those in the agro and mining businesses, called on the government to address land ownership, usually claimed by the local communities in their respective operational areas.

The companies said their expansion is impeded where they operate on grounds that inhabitants were claiming that the land was their ancestral's. However, President Sirleaf has said the situation must be addressed.

The Liberian leader earlier played host to the president and officials of the Liberia Marketing Association (LMA) on the relocation plan of the Ma-Juah Market located in Vai Town on Bushrod Island.

President Sirleaf told the LMA President Lusu Sloan and her delegation that the relocation of the market is overdue as the relocation will set the pace for the construction of a city park there.

To speed up the relocation of the Ma-Juah Market to the UN Drive, Waterside area, President Sirleaf promised to instruct the Ministry of Public Works to work with LMA in implementing the relocation before the rainy season begins. The LMA delegation then thanked President Sirleaf for her interest in dignifying with marketers.

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