At first glance, no one needs to be told that the new commercial headquarters of the National Social Security & Welfare Corporation (NASSCORP) project elegance of a modern structure, signaling to the world that the people of Liberia are determined to transform their country from the state of infrastructural decline to a modern country.
Although it might take some time before Liberia totally transforms, infrastructure wise, but the Managing Director of the National Social Security & Welfare Corporation (NASSCORP) Dewitt Vonballmoons says Liberians can achieve if they dedicate themselves to the virtues of hard work, honesty, integrity and national pride.
Speaking at the dedicatory ceremony of the new commercial office of NASSCORP, Mr. Vonballmoons told the audience that the dedication of the office complex is a significant event because it fulfills an impressive goal, accomplishes a promising dream, and perhaps presents the most important physical achievement of the corporation since its establishment in 1975.
Dewitt Vonballmoons said the project is a landmark investment that will help raise revenue for government as negotiations are well advanced for full occupation of the commercial complex by investors.
He said the edifice is symbolic not only because of the potential to generate revenues, or because it is attractive to transform the landscape of the city of Paynesville, but because it signals another achievement in the reconstruction and development of the nation as envisioned by President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf.
"We assembled here today, cognizant of the strides this administration has made and continues to make to transform our once war-torn country into an inverted pyramid of progress and development. This monumental structure, with all its brilliance, elegance and promises, is a testimony of that we as Liberians can achieve if we dedicate ourselves to the virtues of hard work, honesty, integrity and national pride," Mr. Vonballmoons told the audience which include President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, officials of government and the business community, among others.
NASSCORP Director described the structure as a long term investment that will help raise revenue for government as negotiations are well advanced for full occupation of the commercial complex by investors.
Mr. Vonballmoons said he was pleased that the US$11million used to construct the building was exclusively raised by the corporation without a loan or borrowing from any commercial bank.
He commended commercial banks for always servicing the benefits of its beneficiaries which he said has further brought confidence between beneficiaries and NASSCORP.
Speaking earlier, President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, who dedicated that building, said the new NASSCORP commercial office is a classic example of the process of transforming Liberia
She said completion of the multipurpose building has further demonstrated that Liberians still have a sense of what they want their country to be in the future and will help government achieve it. By the dedication of this building, the Liberian leader said, "it would now fast track the completion of the civil service and pension reforms that will enable government to fulfill its obligations to NASSCORP in order that they expand their activities to other parts of country."
President Sirleaf was particularly pleased with the project, especially so that the structure was built by a Liberian company, ECOCON Incorporated, owned by Henry Q. Taylor. She said the work by the Liberian company demonstrates the realization of the Liberianization policy.
In demonstration of the satisfactory work done by the company, President Sirleaf informed the company to get ready to take over the renovation of the Executive Mansion. The Executive Mansion has been under renovation since the fourth floor was gutted by fire in July 2006.
President Sirleaf believes that if the Executive Mansion is renovated by a Liberian company, one will see the demonstration of commitment and passion to the country through their work as was done in the construction of the complex.
"There is no way that others can do it for us better than ourselves and we all must have this at the back of our minds," the Liberian President said, amidst huge cheers, adding further, "There are some people who are politically charged, misguided and ill-informed. They will look at this building and say this is nothing. If this is their definition of nothing, then we will continue to do nothing with these kinds of building."