Duchess of York Pays Courtesy Call on President Sirleaf

Wednesday, 4th July 2007
The Duchess of York, Margaret Ferguson and President Ellen Sirleaf holding talks.
The Duchess of York, Margaret Ferguson and President Ellen Sirleaf holding talks.
Photo Credit: Adama B. Thompson/Executive Mansion
Monrovia, Liberia - The Duchess of York Margaret Ferguson has paid a courtesy call on President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf in Monrovia.

The President praised the Duchess for her focus on education, describing the priority as well placed.

The President, according to an Executive Mansion release was speaking on Wednesday when she met with Duchess Ferguson.

The Liberian leader said one of the tragedies of the civil conflict was the disruption of school for the youth of the country. As a result of the disruption, the President said the nation has lost an entire generation of its youth population to violence.  The Chief Executive informed the Duchess of York that government was determined to address the challenges by prioritizing education. “There has been a 44-percent increase in education funding in the draft national budget,” the Liberian leader emphasized, adding that measure is part of several initiatives by government to address the education needs of the country.

The Duchess of York thanked the President for the initiatives being taken by government to address tackle the education needs of the country. The Duchess promised to offer as much support as possible in helping government meet its objectives.

Her Royal Highness acknowledges the progress taking place in Liberia and promised to advocate for Liberia upon her return.

The Liberian leader returned home Wednesday after attending the AU Summit. The President and party were met upon arrival by the Acting Chairman of the Cabinet, Defense Minister, Brownie Samukai and other government officials, including Acting Chief of Staff, Dr. Edward McClain.