President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf Visits Churches and Church-Run Institutions in Monrovia

Sunday, 26th November 2006
Monrovia, Liberia - President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has been visiting a number of Churches and Church run Institutions in Monrovia and its environs. The President Saturday attended a session of the 148 Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in Careysburg and later visited the Daniel Hoover Childrenís Village in Dixville. The Village established four years ago, is home to nearly five hundred orphans and abandoned children.

The President thanked the institutions for their prayers and contribution toward the restoration of peace in the country, and assured them that government would continue to strive toward maintaining an environment conducive for the growth and development of their institutions.

The President assured the administration of the Village that government would assist in finding a solution to some of the challenges they face, including the long delays in the clearing of containers from the Freeport, destined for the Mission, as well as the need for a facility for girls who graduate from the Village.

The Liberian leader was responding to a request by Dr. J. Edward Kofi, Bishop of the African Christian Fellowship International, the Institution which runs the Daniel Hoover Childrenís Village.

Meanwhile, the President today (Sunday) met with a representative group of inter-denominational worshipers who gathered on the grounds opposite the Fish Market. The worshippers were complaining about a decision by the Monrovia Consolidated School System (MCSS), removing them from school premises used as Worship Centers.

A Spokesman for the group, Rev. Daniel Robert Karloh, called for the Presidentís intervention to ensure that the doors of the Workshop Centers remain open pending a decision from authorities at the Ministry of Education and MCSS.

President Johnson Sirleaf assured the group of worshippers that a committee would be set up to find an amicable solution to the problem that would be acceptable to both the MCSS and the inter-denominational worshippers. Information Minister, Dr. Laurence Bropleh will Chair the Committee.

The President thanked the worshippers for their peaceful assembly, and said she remains obligated to listening to their concerns of citizens once they remain peaceful in their assembly.