30 October Press Brief

Tuesday, 30th October 2007
  • The President extends her condolences to the family of fallen Margibi County lawmaker Flasher Chideryou who died recently in Nigeria. Her thoughts also go out to members of the National Legislature during this period of bereavement.
  • President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf wishes to thank the people of Liberia for the massive outpour of love and support shown her during celebrations marking her 69th birth anniversary. The President wishes to express her profound appreciation to all who presented gifts and called on radio programs to wish her well.
  • The President will leave for the United States this weekend to receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom, Americaís highest civil award. The presentation ceremony will be held at the White House on November 5, 2007. President Johnson Sirleaf will be among eight recipients of the Medal. The Medal was established by Executive Order 11085 in 1963 and may be awarded by an American President to any person who has made an especially meritorious contribution to the security or national interests of the United States, to world peace or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavors.
  • The President is deeply concerned about the continuing stalemate between the Management of the Firestone Company and the Firestone Allied Workers Union of Liberia (FAWUL). She wants it made known that this unfortunate predicament has not escaped her attention. As a result of this, President Johnson Sirleaf is in consultation with Labor Minister Samuel Kofi Woods to bring the matter to closure.
  • The Johnson Sirleaf Administration is pleased with the progress being made on Liberiaís debt relief campaign. It must be continuously emphasized that there is no quick fix in the countryís fight for debt relief. It is a process and not an event. Currently, the World Bank debt relief for Liberia is finished, but there is still a gap in the countryís debt with the International Monetary Fund (IMF). Finance Minister Antoinette Sayeh is currently in the United States leading Liberiaís campaign to have the countryís debt with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) alleviated. Upon her return, she will be encouraged to hold workshops to explain the debt issue in detail to the Liberian people.
  • President Johnson Sirleaf is looking forward to the start of the road construction project which begins soonest. As far as the Buchanan road is concerned, the original plan was to carry out patching, but the President wants the road to be fully repaired. Some Monrovia streets will be repaired and primary roads like the Monrovia to Ganta and Fishtown to Harper roads will be made passable. In a similar vein, the Ministry of Public Works will be encouraged to organize a workshop to educate Liberians on the process. It must be emphasized however that all roads will not be repaired during this current dry season. The President also calls on all Liberians to refrain from building on the right of way.