President Sirleaf returns from Lofa, heads to Nimba

Wednesday, 10th January 2007
The Voinjama-Zorzor road project, which is currently being undertaken by the Pakistani Battalion of the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL).
The Voinjama-Zorzor road project, which is currently being undertaken by the Pakistani Battalion of the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL).
Photo Credit: James Garrison, Executive Mansion
Monrovia, Liberia - President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has been touring a number of major towns and villages in Lofa County, in continuation of her nation-wide tour.

The President who arrived in Lofa on Tuesday, made stopovers in areas including Salayea and Zorzor District, where she dedicated the newly renovated Lutheran Curran Hospital. The President also inspected a local police station, constructed under UNMILís Quick Impact Project, and made a stop over at a local community radio station, RADIO-LIFE.  The Liberian leader also visited ruined sites of the Zorzor Rural Teachers Training Institute and the Voinjama Multilateral High School. She said plans are underway to renovate the sites, which were affected during the civil conflict.

The Liberian leader has meanwhile broken grounds for the construction and rehabilitation of a number of development projects in Lofa County. The projects include the Lofa Women Center in Voinjama, the St. John Market in Duagomai, Zorzor District; and the Tellewoyan Memorial Hospital in Voinjama, being rehabilitated under the auspices of the government of Switzerland.

The Liberian leader has also inspected a road project being undertaken by the Pakistani Battalion in Voinjama.  The highway links Voinjama and Zorzor District to Monrovia. The President thanked the Pakistani Battalion for the project which she said adds more meaning to the role of the Peacekeepers.

Meanwhile, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf says sheís impressed with the level of development taking place in Lofa County.  Addressing citizens of the county at separate meetings, the President said the level of development taking place in the county is a true manifestation of the willingness of the people of the county to respond to governmentís national development drive.

The President who received a rousing welcome throughout the visit, made particular mention of the increase in agricultural activities in the county. The Presidentís comments followed the inspection of a swam rice project in Kolahun. If the trend continued, the President said, Lofa could again become the Bread Basket for Liberia.

The Liberian leader assured the citizens that government would continue to provide them with the necessary incentives to help them expand their capacity to produce more food.

President Johnson Sirleaf thanked the Lofa Legislative Caucus, Superintendent and other local officials as well as citizens for their support toward government development programs.

The President who was accompanied to Lofa by senior government officials including the Ministers of Defense, Internal Affairs, Public Works and Information, is back in the capital, Monrovia. She returned late Wednesday evening.

In a related development, the President leaves the capital Thursday for Nimba County in continuation of her nation wide tour.  While in Nimba, Johnson Sirleaf will inspect a number of ongoing development projects and break grounds for the construction of a market building in Sacclapea.