15 April 2016

Liberia: Pres. Sirleaf Glorified - Devotees Reef Through Heroic Gains

Monrovia — While sworn critics of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf see nothing much new during her administration which has now spanned for nearly a decade and two, both national and international supporters are beating their chests in boast for what they consider "Liberia's Golden Age" of momentous developments since 2006. More than anything else, according to Madam Sirleaf's supporters, the clamor of foreign nations and international organizations to confer upon the 24th Liberian head of state litany of accolades, including the prestigious Nobel Peace Prize, for "job well done" eloquently bespeaks the success story of the regime. This is in addition to the supporters consider to be an unprecedented amiable social, economic and political space created during the period to facilitate national healing and growth. As if to accentuate the acquired developments, the Press Office of the President released what seems to be an epithet of the Sirleaf-led political administration, cataloguing big points scored. The Analyst obtained as article from the presidential press office.

The ARTICLE: Outside of the Politics: We Can Must Open Our Eyes to See A Difference

When the President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf was announced winner along with two others for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2011 - some turned a blind eye to the national honor and read politics into such global cum international accomplishment. Politics was to blame.

On the heel of significant milestone - she made a promise and that was to build an all-female dormitory at the Presbyterian Todee Mission School in Kleemu District, Margibi County.

On humanitarian grounds, she was giving back to society as she has been doing paying school fees for all manner of Liberians at various levels in and out of our country. Yes, we must give flower where they belong. With a small population, President Sirleaf has brought hope to some at least 50 girls who according to the school's authority are likely to occupy a facility comprised of kitchen, decent and modern lavatory - accommodation of the school's long-serving Matron.

Surely, it was an effort about giving hope to her fellow Liberians to be able to learn under acceptable environment so that they become better sons and daughters for their nation.

While dedicating the facility, President Sirleaf acknowledged the role and contributions of other Liberians including the Ma KpanaGoba and family for donating the land space for the construction of the school. Ma Kpana and family will be recognized not a people waiting for their country to ask but chose to do for their country especially for its future generation. This is about the little contribution that we all can individually and collectively make to change or improve the lives of others.

Indeed when the history books of this country are objectively written - the UP-led government will be credited for introducing the County or Social Development Fund (CDF/SDF), which has without doubt brought change in particularly rural Liberia.

The Social Development Fund is variously at work in Grand Bassa County and other political sub-divisions of the country - Cape Mount to Cape Palmas, from Mount Gedeh to Mount Wologisi. A working visit to Grand Bassa, scores of Liberian journalists were taken on guided tour to appreciate the kind of interventions the administration is making in responding to the needs of the people.

The team of journalists toured LOIC Satellite Project in Buchanan, Grand Bassa led by the Superintendent, Hon. Demmah who led the group. On site, dozens of youths currently benefitting from artisanship training in masonry, carpentry, welding, steel-bending, tile-laying, tailoring, home economics, plumbing, auto electricity, etc. The journalists also inspected a multi-purpose facility that houses an auditorium, computer training center and a host of offices for use by the LOIC.

Our tour continued to Grand Bassa Community College (GBCC) where the team was met under arrival by the College's President, Dr. Levi Zangai who led journalists to the newly built modern state of the art Soil Testing Laboratory - courtesy of USAID-FED. The visit then took the team of journalists to the Buchanan Sea Defense Project - where the Superintendent gave an overview of the project and the commitment to steer the course in light of the devastating impact.

Committed to making government-run services available and decentralized - the team also toured the newly refurbished Grand Bassa Service Center, which houses a number of vital services including LRA, Archives, Labor, among others being rendered by the administration at the local level. All roads then took us to the beautifully built Buchanan City Hall - courtesy Social Development intervention. The visit was rounded with a tour of the Buchanan Port - which now runs a 24-hour service. On arrival, the Port Manager and team briefed the press on progress made thus far such as port navigational aids installed, improved lighting, tug boats to provide critical rescue and other essential services and enhanced security in line with international best practices.

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