President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf Visits the Nancy B. Doe Market

Sunday, 19th November 2006
President Sirleaf being taken on a guided tour of the Nancy B. Doe market
President Sirleaf being taken on a guided tour of the Nancy B. Doe market
Photo Credit: Executive Mansion

Monrovia, Liberia President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has visited the Nancy B. Doe Market in Jorkpen Town, Sinkor, to get a first hand look at the site and listen to concerns being raised by the Marketers.
Monday’s visit to the Market follows an earlier meeting at the Foreign Ministry between a delegation from the Nancy B. Doe Market and the President.

During the visit, President Johnson Sirleaf was taken on a guided tour of the building by officials of the market, accompanied by Public Works Minister, Loseni Dunzo and Commerce Minister, Olu-Bankie King Akerele. The President expressed concern that makeshift and other illegal structures being erected at the site, were hampering government’s efforts to provide better market facilities for the market.

The President reiterated her directive calling for the demolition of structures which have been illegally built on the site, but assured the market women that stall being occupied by them will not be demolished until renovation work on the market is complete.
“We want to fix the market; a place that you will be proud of; we will do nothing to affect your interest; you’re our major constituency,” President Sirleaf assured the marketers, amidst cheers as she chatted and listened to their concerns.

Meanwhile, a primary school and church being operated on an upper floor of the Nancy B. Doe Market building has been ordered relocated by the President. President Johnson Sirleaf told the Proprietor of the school, Mr. Wesseh Bestman, that government appreciates his efforts in educating the youth, but wants the activities relocated to facilitate renovation work at the market. President Johnson Sirleaf urged the proprietor to work with the Education Ministry to assist in the relocation.

Mr. Wisseh said he was occupying the facility based on a 10-year lease agreement between his Greater Grace Christian Fellowship and the Liberia Marketing Association, but will honor government’s directive to relocate.

In a related development, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf will tomorrow, Tuesday meet with leaders of political parties in the country at the Foreign Ministry in Monrovia. The exercise is in continuation of President Johnson Sirleaf’s consultative Meetings with National Stakeholders. The President has already held similar meetings with other Stakeholders, including the Liberia Council of Churches; the National Muslim Council of Liberia; the National Bar Association of Liberia; the Liberian Marketing Association; the Liberia Chamber of Commerce; the Press Union of Liberia, among others.

The President will also hold her regular call in radio program, “Conversation with the President,” tomorrow beginning at 10:00 am.  The program is expected to be carried live on several radio stations in the country, including ELBC; UNMIL; STAR RADIO; SKYY-107 FM; Radio VERITAS and TRUTH-FM.