President Sirleaf Assures Marketers

Tuesday, 20th February 2007
President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf at the Nancy B. Doe Jorkpen Town market in Sinkor.
President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf at the Nancy B. Doe Jorkpen Town market in Sinkor.
Photo Credit: Adama B. Thompson/Executive Mansion
Monrovia, Liberia - President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf says government land set aside for use by marketers in the country, will not be used by private business people under her administration.

The President made the declaration yesterday at the Nancy B. Doe Jorkpen Town market in Sinkor, during a working visit and inspection tour of the market facility under renovation.

President Sirleaf was accompanied by a team of members of the Novo Foundation that is currently underwriting renovation cost of work at the market. President Sirleaf has also called on marketers not to allow private businesses to encroach on the market lots. She also directed the engineers of the Bill William Cooper Construction Services to demolish all unwanted or illegal structures still around the market vicinity.

The renovation work is expected to be completed in six months, and will include a school, water, light and toilet facilities. The cost of renovation is said to be USD 250,000.00 (Two Hundred and Fifty United States Dollars).

Also speaking during the inspection tour, a member of the NOVO Foundation delegation from America, Mr. Peter Budfett, on behalf of his family who had earlier provided one million United States dollars for the project said their contribution is based on the confidence imposed in President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.