Ahead of '26 Celebrations, President Sirleaf Inspects Development Projects in Grand Bassa County

Monday, 9th July 2007
Grand Bassa County Superintendent Julia Duncan Cassell takes President Sirleaf on a guided tour of development projects in Grand Bassa.
Grand Bassa County Superintendent Julia Duncan Cassell takes President Sirleaf on a guided tour of development projects in Grand Bassa.
Photo Credit: Adama B. Thompson/Executive Mansion
Monrovia, Liberia - President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf says government will not allow the forceful occupation of land which belongs to the people of Bassa. In an apparent reaction to complaints that the Liberia Agricultural Company (LAC) was forcibly occupying land which belongs to the inhabitants of Grand Bassa, the President said any land occupation by the Company must be done through negotiations involving all stakeholders.

The Liberian leader was speaking on Saturday when she visited Buchanan and District # 3 in Grand Bassa County, to inspect ongoing development projects, ahead of the 2007 Independence Day celebrations, slated to take place in Grand Bassa.

The President, an Executive Mansion release says, welcomed the expansion of the Rubber Plantation, as a means of establishing manufacturing industries in the country, but pointed out that any expansion must be done in keeping with the law. The President expressed the hope that benefits paid out to land owners as part of a settlement, will be given to the original land owners, to ensure that the legitimate land owners receive compensation.

Earlier, the President was received in Buchanan by the Senior Senator of Grand Bassa County, Gbezongar Finley and the Superintendent of Grand Bassa County, Mrs. Julia Duncan Cassell to a rousing welcome by thousands of citizens including students, elders, women groups, the youth and the management of the Liberia Agriculture Company (LAC).

Earlier in separate statements, the elders, women and youths, pledged their support to the government, and requested government to provide a number of facilities including safe drinking water, Health Centers, more schools especially vocational institutions, and zinc for the construction of a recreation center.

The President pledged ten bundles of zinc for construction of the recreation center, and assured workers of the Liberia Agricultural Company (LAC) that the Government will shortly engage the management for improved wages. Several footballs were also provided for use by youths in area.