GVL Begins Rehiring Former Employees, Three Granted Executive Clemency; Venues for Next Two Independence Anniversary Celebrations Named; Dedicates the Kingston Weagba Public School in Tarjourwon Distr

Tuesday, 28th July 2015
President Sirleaf along with World Bank Liberia Country Manager Ms  Inguna Dobraja dedicate the Kingston Weagba Public School situated in Tarjourwon.
President Sirleaf along with World Bank Liberia Country Manager Ms Inguna Dobraja dedicate the Kingston Weagba Public School situated in Tarjourwon.
Photo Credit: Ousman Diallo / Executive Mansion
Greenville, Sinoe County - Tuesday, July 28, 2015) President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has announced that Golden Veroleum-Liberia (GVL) has agreed to begin rehiring former employees laid off as a result of the May 26 incident there; granted Executive Clemency to three inmates at the Sinoe County prison and announced the venue of the next two Independence Anniversary celebrations which is the duration of her administration.
 
En route to Monrovia, the Liberian leader along with the World Bank –Liberia Country Manager, Ms. Inguna Dobraja dedicated the Kingston Weagba Public School situated in Tarjourwon District, Sinoe County. 
 
 
According to an Executive Mansion release, the Liberian leader, spoke to journalists before her departure from Greenville, Sinoe County following the successful co-hosting of the 168th Independence Anniversary.
 
She informed journalists that GVL has agreed to government’s request to start the rehiring and 50 of its former employees beginning Monday, July 28 2015. “As I leave Greenville, they will go back to their jobs and the process of adding numbers of re-employed people will continue as we work with them to implement the security arrangement which is very important for their operation,” she indicated.
 
President Sirleaf said government had been consulting with GVL because of the May 26 incident that resulted to people not only going into prison but also the layoff of all GVL staff. The company sought assurances of its security that will prevent a reoccurrence of what happened two months ago. 
 
Government assured GVL that the Liberia National Police will speed up the plan working with them to ensure that LNP sets up in the communities the right kind of security arrangements to protect the citizens and the company.
 
In another development, citing her constitutional rights as President of the Republic of Liberia, President Sirleaf instructed the Superintendent of Sinoe County, Mr. Roosevelt Quiah, to work with those in charge of the prison to release Amos Tarpeh (47), who was charged for arson; convicted and has been serving a prison sentence since June 28, 2013; David Tarpeh (68), charged with the same offence and has been serving his sentence during the same period; and the only female,  Baby Girl Togba (25), who was charged with assault and convicted. She has served two years of her sentence.
 
“Mr. Superintendent, you will please ensure that these three persons are released from prison with the advice to them that we expect them now to be good citizens, to abide by the law and ensure that they do not get into acts that would lead them back into a situation that we have just freed them,” President Sirleaf directed.
 
On who hosts next year’s Independence Anniversary, the Liberian leader named Maryland, River Gee and Grand Gedeh as the next co-hosts. She urged them to begin their preparation immediately. “Don’t wait until June of next year,” she warned.
 
She indicated that government will support the construction of some of the facilities in the counties in preparation for the observance of the Independence Anniversary; but also encouraged citizens of the three counties to initiate individual development projects in their counties of origin.
 
The Liberian leader reiterated that the spirit of rotating the Independence Anniversary is not only for government to bring development to the people but to inspire the people from those counties to go back home and do something for their people.
 
Rivercess County has been designated to host the 170th Independence Anniversary in July 2017, the final year of the current administration. She noted that they have ample time as enormous work needs to be done in order to host a successful celebration. “We want to see the county transformed by the time we reach them,” she said.
 
President Sirleaf thanked the authorities and people of Sinoe and Grand Kru Counties for the warm reception, fullest cooperation and excellent hospitality they received including the largest number of diplomatic representation to the country. On the impression the diplomats left with, she said, “They all left from here very pleased; they had a very good time and I’m sure that this is going to strengthen our relationship with the countries which they represent.” 
 
She expressed appreciation all Liberians - most especially political leaders, non-governmental organizations, religious leaders, among others– who made it especially to the Thanksgiving and Intercessory Service in Barclayville, Grand Kru County using their own resources amidst the difficult circumstances.
 
Meanwhile, en route to Monrovia, President Sirleaf along with the World Bank –Liberia Country Manager, Ms. Inguna Dobraja dedicated the Kingston Weagba Public School situated in Tarjourwon District, Sinoe County. 
 
In Sinoe County, under this project funded by the Global Partnership for Education and the World Bank, two schools have been completed while another is undergoing construction.
 
The Ministry of Education is constructing 41 schools across the country; while 27 of these schools have already been completed including the Kingston Weagba Public School. The remaining 14 are at various stages and majority are nearing completion.
 
The newly dedicated Kingston Weagba Public School complex includes: library, computer lab, latrines for boys and girls, ramps and rails for the disabled, teacher’s housing, kitchen and cafeteria, administration building, two water wells and a football field.