President Sirleaf Breaks Grounds for Ministerial Complex Construction; Receives President Adama Barrow of The Gambia.

Thursday, 27th April 2017
President Sirleaf making remarks at  the ground breaking ceremony.
President Sirleaf making remarks at the ground breaking ceremony.
Photo Credit: Mr. Ousman Diallo-EXECUTIVE MANSION
Monrovia, Liberia: President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has broken grounds for the construction of China-Aided Ministerial Complex and Capitol Building Annexes. She termed execution of the two projects as a great relief for various ministries and agencies of the Government of Liberia, still operating from outdated buildings that do not meet current day reality.
 
According to an Executive Mansion release, President Sirleaf made the statement on Thursday, April 27, 2017 at the construction sites of the former demolished Defense Ministry Building in Congo Town, outside Monrovia. 
 
The Liberian Chief Executive noted the contributions of former Chinese Ambassadors - Lin Songtian, Zhou Yuxiao and now Zhang Yue and acknowledged President Xi Jinping for working towards bringing to fulfillment the Ministerial Complex and Annexes at the National Legislature.
 
Speaking earlier, Chinese Ambassador to Liberia, Zhang Yue, welcomed President Sirleaf and delegation for gracing the ground breaking ceremony. 
Ambassador Zhang Yue noted that the executions of these landmark projects represent another milestone of China-Liberia relations. He described the projects as a result of mutual understanding between our two peoples and the outcome has further strengthened our friendship and cooperation.
 
 Ambassador Zhang Yue alluded to Chinese Proverb: “It takes long to give good things; So, good things end up are around the corner after several years of hard work and patience on both sides.” He said the Complex includes offices, meeting rooms, auditorium, multi-purpose halls, archives, canteen, and also auxiliary facilities such as water pump house, power distribution and generator room; sits on a total of 24,000 square meters and is designed to accommodate at least 1,300 people. 
 
He noted that constructions of the Ministerial Complex and Annexes of the Capitol Building will improve working conditions of the Liberian Government and including the Legislature in order to better serve the Liberian people.
 
Also making remarks, Public Works Minister, William G. Moore said the construction of the Ministerial Complex and Annexes to the Capitol Building was not strange to him. He said he became involved with the projects when he worked in the President Delivery Unit (PDU). He said he was delighted at this time that the projects are being formally executed. He extended gratitude to former Public Works Minister, Samuel Kofi Woods and Antoinette Weeks who laid all the technical details for the projects prior to his appointment, as Minister.
 
Minister Moore then commended the Government of the Peoples’ republic of China for providing the Ministerial Complex and Annexes to the Capitol Building as China-Aided for Liberia. 
 
In a related development, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf also received His Excellency, Mr. Adama Barrow President of the Republic of The Gambia who arrived in the country on a two- day official visit to Republic of Liberia.
 
Mr. Barrow, known as ECOWAS’ success story came to power in The Gambia on December 7, 2016, after defeating his predecessor - Yaya Jammeh who initially refused to step down. He was pursued through diplomatic means and relinquished power on Thursday, January 19, 2017, paving the way for his inauguration.