Ellen Takes Executive Mansion on the Road

Monday, 4th December 2006
President Sirleaf crosses what is known locally as a
President Sirleaf crosses what is known locally as a "monkey bridge" as she goes to inspect a local rice farm.
Photo Credit: Executive Mansion
Monrovia, Liberia - President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has been inspecting a number of development projects in Bong County, on the first leg of nation-wide tour to get an insight at progress toward ongoing development projects in the country.

During Mondayís tour, the President inspected the European Union sponsored Suakoko to Nyendewon Road and toured a local rice farm which was supplied seed rice by the Ministry of Agriculture. The farmers thanked the President for providing them with seed rice, and informed her that the farm was now ready for harvest. The President joined the local farmers and participated in the harvesting exercise on the farm.

Meanwhile, the Liberian leader has broken grounds for the construction of the Beh Bridge in Jorquelleh District, Bong County. Performing the ceremony, the President said governmentís commitment toward the development of all parts of the country remains strong.  She expressed delight that citizens of communities were now deciding which development activities were suitable for their areas. The President said the construction of the bridge and other development projects would create jobs for citizens, particularly the youth.

President Johnson Sirleaf thanked the European Commission for being a strong partner to the government in several other projects being undertaken throughout the country through support from the Commission.

A representative of the European Community, Liam Maquire disclosed that an anticipated six-hundred jobs would be created during the construction of the bridge.  The EC, he said, is not simply donor-oriented, but a partner in peace, development and prosperity.

Officials of Bong, including Senator, Jewel Howard-Taylor, Superintendent, Ranney Jackson, and Representative George Mulbah of Jorquelleh District, as well as local Chiefs and Elders praised the President for her vision to spread development throughout the country, and promised to remain supportive of governmentís development drive.

When completed, according to Public Works Minister, Loseni Dunzo, the bridge would be 106ft long and 22ft wide. A Liberian contractor is undertaking the construction of the bridge. The Minister called on local contractors to live up to the task so as to open more avenues for local contractors.
The President and party returned to the Capital late Monday evening.