President Sirleaf Calls on Communities to Take Some Responsibility in Cleaning Their Surroundings

Friday, 7th September 2007
Monrovia, Liberia - President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has called on communities to begin to take some responsibility in cleaning their surroundings. The President called for the setting up of community watch teams to work with the Liberia National Police to help prevent crime.

According to an Executive Mansion release, the Liberian leader was speaking on Friday at the Foreign Ministry when she met with residents of the Caldwell New Georgia-North area. The Liberian leader assured the residents that the Ministry of Education will conduct an assessment on building a public school in the area. The President added that it is more difficult to make such a school functional than it is to have it built. The Chief Executive directed the Ministry of Public Works to work out modalities to repair the road leading to the community.

Speaking earlier, the Chairperson of the Caldwell New Georgia-North area, Mr. George Mason, praised President Johnson Sirleaf for responding to their letter, adding that no Liberian President has ever done so. He highlighted the vulnerability of the area to criminal activities especially during the dry season. Mr. Mason also expressed the communityís willingness to find a piece of land on which government could construct a public school for the area.

Also present at the meeting were Internal Affairs Minister Ambulai Johnson, Public Works Minister Luseni Donzo and Acting Minister of Lands, Mines and Energy John Nylander.