President Sirleaf Dedicates Renovated Nancy Doe Market

Thursday, 11th October 2007
President Sirleaf dedicates the newly renovated Nancy B. Doe market.
President Sirleaf dedicates the newly renovated Nancy B. Doe market.
Photo Credit: Adama B. Thompson/Executive Mansion
Monrovia, Liberia - President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf says her vision for the Liberia Marketing Association (LMA) is to enable it to be the main distributor of strategic commodities. She also renewed her pledge to improve the conditions of marketers in the country.

The President spoke today at the dedication program of the newly renovated Nancy B. Doe market in Jorkpentown, Sinkor. She said the renovated building belongs to the marketers, adding that the facilities are to be used for its intended purpose. She commended local and international partners for their support in having the project brought to fruition. The Liberian leader also called on marketers to open bank accounts to enable them to adequately save money. She said modalities are being worked out with ECOBANK Liberia for marketers to open savings accounts.

For their part, the leadership of the Liberia Marketing Association thanked President Johnson Sirleaf for her efforts in transforming the conditions of marketers. LMA Interim President Lusa Sloan and Board Chairman Kebbeh Freeman presented certificates to the Liberian leader and Gender Minister Vabah Gayflor in recognition of their good works for the Association. They praised President Johnson Sirleaf for breaking from the past when the LMA was used by Liberian leaders as a political instrument and money making tool.

The Nancy B. Doe Jorkpentown market, with the help of local and international partners, has been renovated with a playground. Plans are also underway to build a daycare center for the children of marketers, begin an adult literacy program on the premises as well as provide running water at the facility.

Earlier, President Johnson Sirleaf toured the main market in Barnersville which is under construction. The market, which will enhance conditions for marketers in the area, is the Presidentís private initiative. It is beng constructed by the Maryland Engineering Company, which is owned by Presidential Envoy Dan Morias.