12 November Press Brief

Monday, 12th November 2007
Members of the Press,
Welcome to the Executive Mansion Press Briefing, Monday, November 12, 2007.

  • President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is in Nigeria to meet President, Umaru Yar’Adua for bilateral talks between the two leaders.During the meeting which has come at the invitation of the Nigerian President, the Liberian President will brief President Yar’Adua on progress the country has made on the debt issue. Nigeria, a major stake holder, plays a crucial role toward relieving Liberia of the debt the country owes the African Development Bank (ADB).

    While in Nigeria, the President will also address an annual meeting of Parliamentarians for Global Action, an organization of more than 1,300 legislators from more than 114 countries. It was established in 1978 as Parliamentarians for World Order engaged in a range of action-oriented initiatives that promote democracy, peace, justice and development throughout the world.  The President returns on Tuesday.
  • On government’s current road rehabilitation program, you may have noticed public works and other related road rehabilitation activities taking place in a number of areas in Monrovia and its environs. More of such activities will be visible in the coming days. The Ministry of Public Works will be announcing more detail plans of its operations.

    In the meantime, the President is again urging individuals who have erected structures in the right of way to remove those structures, as full scale road rehabilitation gets underway.  It is important that those who have such structures in question move quickly to have them relocated to avoid the embarrassment of having them demolished by the Ministry of Public Works.
  • And finally, Liberians will on Wednesday have another chance to interact with the President when she addresses her live regular call-in radio program – Conversation with the President.  The President will be addressing a number of topical issues, including progress on the country’s debt relief.  The Program will be broadcast on all major radio stations in the country.

    Those are the few issues at hand.  We will now take your questions.