On 160th Independence Anniversary, Liberians Urged to Work Towards Securing a Prosperous Future

Thursday, 26th July 2007

Buchanan, Grand Bassa County - President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has challenged Liberians to continue to work towards securing a prosperous future for their country.

In an address marking the 160th Independence Anniversary of Liberia, the president emphasized government’s commitment to the processes of national renewal. The Liberian leader paid tribute to the people of Grand Bassa, host for this year’s Independence anniversary, highlighting the start of major investment opportunities in the county including   Mittal steel, whose operations were official launched on Wednesday by the Liberian leader. The President described the development as a positive turn around for the country.

Outlining a number of development initiatives being undertaken by government, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf said   government is poised to extend its pilot electrification program to other counties across Liberia and announced the repavement of the Monrovia-Robertsfield-Buchanan road as an immediate undertaking to be embarked upon during the dry season.

Addressing the concerns of this year’s orator regarding education, the president   assured Liberia’s 160th Independence Day national orator Mr. Kimmie Weeks and all Liberians, that her government is committed to education as a whole and free compulsory education at the primary level in particular.

On recent alleged subversive activities to destabilize her government, the President said those being charged for the alleged crime, must be viewed from the basis of their individual roles to the alleged act. The President rejected the ethnic slant detractors try to draw into the situation, noting that it was wrong to hold an ethnic group collectively guilty for the wrong doings of others. The Chief Executive said the matter now before the courts is purely legal and assured Liberians and the international community that the rights all those charged will be respected, their dignity upheld and given a free and fair and prompt trial, adding, anyone charged with a crime under our laws, is innocent unless proven guilty.

Ambassadors and Representatives of Foreign Missions, government officials, members of the United Nations family, and a cross section of Liberian civic and traditional groups graced Thursday’s Independence Anniversary, as Foreign Minister, Ambassador George Wallace read several messages of congratulations sent by African and other world leaders  to President Sirleaf and people of Liberia on the occasion.

A message was also read on behalf of the President of Benin by that country’s Defense Minister.

Fire works in Monrovia, Children parties throughout the country as well as a soiree for the Diplomatic corps will climax the 160th Independence Anniversary celebrations on Saturday.