3 July 2014

Liberia: Unfinished Projects, Bad Roads Cause Sinoe , Grand Kru to Miss Official July 26 Celebration

President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has officially informed the Honorable House of Representatives that the selected Counties to host the Liberia's 167th official Independence Day Celebration are not in the position to host the annual event.

The event which has been rotating from county to county since the inception of President Ellen Sirleaf-Johnson administration will now take place in Monrovia this year.

The July 26 Celebration was scheduled to have taken place in Sinoe and Grand Kru Counties, which are situated in the South-Eastern region of Liberia.

In a communication to the House Plenary, the Chief Executive asserted that the decision came in the wake of the bad roads condition due to the continuous down pour of rain.

"I wish to inform you that as a result of the roads, which cannot be addressed because of excessive rains, the 2014 Independence Day Celebration will be transferred from Sinoe and Grand Kru Counties to Monrovia..." President Sirleaf pointed out in the letter.

She clarified that the decision in the change of venue for the 26 celebration was agreed in a meeting held with both counties Legislative Caucuses on Saturday, June 28 and is hopeful that everything will be put in place to ensure a successful celebration next year in the respective counties.

"With additional time now allowed, we should be able to reconstruct the roads during the upcoming dry season and complete the facilities for a more successful celebration in 2015." She averred.

The Legislature, following a nationwide tour in December of 2013, proposed a 1 million dollar development package for each of the 73 districts to address the underdevelopment of the roads and other public infra structure in the country side .

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