President Sirleaf Returns Following 71st Session of UNGA; Directs Investigation, Punitive Action against Schools Involved in Violent Demonstration.

Wednesday, 28th September 2016
President Sirleaf addressing the press at RIA upon her  return from the just ended 71st  Session of the UN General  Assembly.
President Sirleaf addressing the press at RIA upon her return from the just ended 71st Session of the UN General Assembly.
Photo Credit: Executive Mansion

Monrovia, Liberia: President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has returned home following her successful participation in the 71st Session of the United Nations General Assembly held in New York and has directed Education Minister, George Werner to investigate and close down schools involved in Monday’s violent demonstrations, which led to the setting up of roadblocks along the Monrovia—Robertsfield and other parts of the country.
According to the Executive Mansion release, President Sirleaf issued the directive on Wednesday, September 28, 2016 upon her arrival at the Roberts International Airport during an encounter with members of the press.
The Liberian leader told journalists that while in transit in Accra, Ghana the news of Monday’s violent demonstrations was brought to her attention. This unfortunate development she said led to passengers cancelling and missing their flights; caused airlines to lose revenue and compelling some passengers to use motorbikes to meet check-in deadlines. She said “No one has a right to infringe on the rights of others. If there are grievances, it does not give students any right to infringe on those of others.”

President Sirleaf noted that action will be taken against schools found culpable following thorough investigation in order to serve as a deterrent to dissuade would-be violators who believe that by taking the law into their own hands is a matter of right.
In related development, President Sirleaf made a brief stopover at the residence of Liberia’s Justice Minister and Attorney General, Cllr. Frederick Cherue to sympathize with the family over the death of his daughter, Fredrica Cherue who died at the John F. Kennedy Hospital on Tuesday, September 27, 2016 in Monrovia after a period of brief illness.
At RIA, the Liberian leader was met on arrival by the Acting Chair of the Cabinet, Defense Minister Brownie J. Samukai Jr., Minister of State without Portfolio, Sylvester Grisgby, the Chief of Protocol of the Republic of Liberia, among others.