ĎAs a government, we cannot allow a few people to undermine the interest of this country,í President Sirleaf; Government to Respond in a Very Effective Way

Wednesday, 27th May 2015
President Sirleaf addresses journalists upon arrival from Abidjan on Wednesday, May 27, 2015.
President Sirleaf addresses journalists upon arrival from Abidjan on Wednesday, May 27, 2015.
Photo Credit: Executive Mansion
Monrovia, Liberia - President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has expressed serious displeasure at the news of the vandalism and looting of properties at Golden Veroleum-Liberia (GVL) in Butaw, Sinoe County on Tuesday, May 26, 2015.
 
“As a government, we cannot allow a few people to undermine the interest of this country; to run investors away and to make sure that we do not attract what we need to achieve our development goals,” the Liberian leader pointed out.
 
According to an Executive Mansion release, the Liberian leader said government will respond to this in a very effective way.
 
President Sirleaf was addressing journalists at the Roberts International Airport upon arrival from Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire where she participated in the 50th Anniversary celebrations of the African Development Bank.
 
She indicated that her government cannot continue to go out and attract investment to create jobs, and others engage in violence that scare away investors.
 
“When I returned the last time you may recall, I said to Liberians that we cannot continue to go out and attract investment, bring people to do business and create jobs and then when you have these kinds of violence, it takes away from our effort and people run away from the country,” a visibly concerned President Sirleaf said, cautioning, “Money only goes to the place where it’s safe. They [investors] don’t go where they’re frightened.”
 
At the request of Vice President Joseph N. Boakai during a visit to Indonesia in April, a senior Vice President of Golden Veroleum was visiting the company’s operations in Sinoe County when all of the violence and destruction unfolded.
 
An annoyed President Sirleaf vowed not to allow this to happen; stressing, “People cannot undermine the interest of the millions of people in this country that are looking for jobs, that want to be safe, that want to make sure that this country progress.” She urged all Liberians to stand against that because it takes away from us, our livelihood and success.