Storage Facility Dedicated at Freeport

Monday, 10th September 2007
N.P.A. Board Chairman Dr. William Allen presents the keys to President Sirleaf.
N.P.A. Board Chairman Dr. William Allen presents the keys to President Sirleaf.
Photo Credit: Adama B. Thompson/Executive Mansion
Monrovia, Liberia - President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf says a major challenge of her government is to restore the Freeport of Monrovia to its prewar status, noting that the Port has become a shadow of its former self.
The President, according to an Executive Mansion release spoke on Monday at the Freeport, when she cut the ribbon to mark the opening of a warehouse which will serve as storage facility for Liberian businesses. The Liberian leader urged Liberian businesses to be competitive as they use the facility.

The facility, which is not limited to any group of business, according to National Port Authority Managing Director George Tubman is 56-thousand square meters.

For her part, outgoing Commerce Minister Olubanke King-Akerele emphasized that the ceremony marked one of the most significant days of her tenure as Commerce Minister.  Minister Akerele said it was part of the Ministry’s work on Liberian entrepreneurial development.

Also present at the ceremony were N.P.A. Board Chairman Dr. William Allen, incoming Commerce Minister Frances Johnson-Morris and former N.P.A. Board Chairman Musa Bility.

In another development, President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf has visited ailing Nathaniel Lackey at the St. Joseph’s Catholic Hospital.  Mr. Lackey is a former officer of the Liberia National Police who suffered severe burns three years ago during clash between individuals believed to be Christians and Muslims.

He recently returned from Ghana were he underwent treatment.

President Johnson Sirleaf assured Mr. Lackey of her support.  The President said she would consult with the leadership of the Liberia National Police to see how Mr. Lackey’s children could further their education.