President Sirleaf Dedicates the Duport Road Junction Park; Challenges Acting Mayor to Consider a Terminal for Motorbike Taxis, A Look at the Two Cemeteries

Tuesday, 30th June 2015
President Sirleaf and others including Senator Prince Johnson cut the ribbon to the Duport Road Junction Park
President Sirleaf and others including Senator Prince Johnson cut the ribbon to the Duport Road Junction Park
Photo Credit: Ousman Diallo / Executive Mansion
 Monrovia, Liberia - President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has commended Paynesville City Corporation (PCC) Acting Mayor C. Cyvette Gibson for the ongoing transformation of the city under her watch.
 
“We want to thank you for all you’ve done to show the strength of purpose, commitment in objective and the results that have come from all of that effort,” the Liberian leader said.
 
According to an Executive Mansion release, President Sirleaf made the approbation when she officially dedicated the Duport Road Junction Park on Tuesday, June 30, 2015.
 
She applauded the youth, contractors, and the entire staff of the PCC for the work they’ve done to transform the City of Paynesville, adding, “Progress always brings the desire for more progress.”
 
President Sirleaf applauded Montserrado County District No. 4 Representative Henry Fahnbulleh for his suggestion that the PCC thinks about building a terminal for the motorbike taxis in the Duport Road area.
 
She then challenged the Acting Mayor to consider a terminal for motorbike taxis and that she does something about the two cemeteries on both sides of Duport Road that are in very bad shape. “One of the things we want to do is to see that we give respect to the dead and that means trying to make sure that where their remains lie, we show respect,” she urged, stressing further that if the graveyards are overcrowded the PCC should close them down in the proper fashion but make sure that relatives and loved ones who will go there to visit would go to a place of dignity.
 
Speaking earlier, the Chair of the Board of Directors of the National Social Security and Welfare Corporation (NASSCORP), Mrs. Miatta Beysolow said her Corporation was grateful to have been given the opportunity to have partnered with the PCC in creating another beautiful green spot in Paynesville.
 
She noted that the erection of the park was made possible through NASSCORP corporate social responsibility contribution and is delighted that they are able to help in maintaining the green environment in Paynesville area. “This is just a place that will bring joy and pleasure to the hearts of those who live and work here but also for those who pass here,” Ms. Beysolow told the audience.
 
She hoped that the park will inspire all Liberians to take the initiative to create more green places in and around their homes so that families can have a better place to live. “A healthy family makes a healthy society; and a healthy society leads to a sound economic foundation,” she said.
 
For his part, Montserrado County District No. 5 Representative Thomas Fallah expressed thanks and appreciation to the Acting Mayor of the PCC and said that she has proven herself and made them proud. “Madam President, your selection of Cyvette Gibson was no mistake.” On behalf of the Montserrado County Legislative Caucus, Representative Fallah promised to continue the cordial working relationship with the Acting Mayor in the midst of challenges.
 
He used the opportunity to urge the residents to Paynesville to understand that the park is theirs and they should take very good care of it; especially keeping it clean and green.
 
Also making remarks, Montserrado County District No. 4 Representative Henry Fahnbulleh thanked the Acting Mayor for the vision and NASSCORP for the funding.
 
He noted that with the largest population in Montserrado County, it has become necessary to increase the fiscal budget of the PCC. “PCC gets US$400,000 as compared to Monrovia City Corporation that gets US$6 million, Madam President. We need to hold an honest conversation and see how we can increase the budget for the PCC,” he suggested. Representative Fahnbulleh also proffered the suggestion of constructing a terminal for motorbike taxis.
 
In welcome remark, the Acting Mayor of the PCC stressed that the appearance of the municipality is a reflection of its occupants and urged the residents of Paynesville to join her in transforming the city together.
 
She praised NASSCORP for its generous contribution to the project and noted that the project provided employment opportunities for residents, provided displaced street hawkers a habitable location for them to sell as designated by the PCC and most importantly provided green space that offers great benefits to mental health and psychological well-being of the residents.
 
The Acting Mayor said community involvement was imperative for this project as the PCC received cooperation from the residents and all peaceful law-abiding citizens. “I want to say thank you for being farsighted and accepting development. Madam President, thank you for challenging the city and endorsing our vision; NASSCORP, thanks for the continuous support. You are a Paynesville City champion.”  
 
The Duport Road community, with 10 large sub-communities, has an estimated population of 114,321 residents.
 
The genesis of the Duport Road Junction Project was conceived during the dedication of the ELWA Junction beautification project in June 2013 when President Sirleaf highlighted the need to replicate the project at the Duport Road junction.  On March 12, 2015 the PCC held the groundbreaking ceremony and planted the illustration as public awareness for this beautification project.