Lofa Citizens Honor President Sirleaf; Commend Her Leadership, Commitment to Peace.

Friday, 5th May 2017
President Sirleaf makes remarks in  Foya.
President Sirleaf makes remarks in Foya.
Salayea District, Lofa County: Citizens of Lofa County have honored President Sirleaf for her outstanding leadership role, commitment to peace and development in Lofa County and Liberia. They commended her unhindered leadership of the past 11 years marked by peace especially development initiatives in Lofa County.  
According to an Executive Mansion release, the citizens’ remarks were contained in separate statements presented to President Sirleaf at Town Hall Meetings held in Foya, Samodu, Quadu-Gboni, Kolahum, Kolba, Voinjama, Zorzor and Salayea Districts from May 2 - 4, 2017 in Lofa County amid huge turnout of citizens and residents. 
The citizens, through their spokespersons across various districts namely - Mohammed M. Dulleh, Kennedy Kullie, Kolu Y.M. Beyan, Ballah K. Yamah, Mama Garyah, Annie G, Woyea, George Dunor, and Mariamu B. Fofana commended the Liberian leader for her efforts in improving the lives of citizens in different forms. They thanked the Liberian leader for the sustenance of peace in Liberia for more than 10 years and outstanding leadership skills in steering the affairs of ECOWAS. They also recognized the meaningful role she played during the deadly Ebola outbreak.
They noted under that the leadership of President Sirleaf, Lofa County benefitted from the construction of modern schools, pavement of roads in Voinjama, the commencement of concrete pavement along the Gbarnga to Mendikoma road, the construction of a Commissioner Compound, Chief Compounds, Bridges, Market Halls, Police Deport, promotion of women’s issues, giving women voice to compete with their males counterparts, among others. 
They applauded the President for the manner in which she has handled the leadership of the country alongside Vice President Joseph N. Boakai. The citizens presented gifts to President Sirleaf including traditional wrappers, food items, etc. 
Also speaking during the honoring program, the Chairman of Lofa County Legislative Caucus, Representative Moses Y. Kollie - praised the efforts of President Sirleaf in restoring Liberia’s dignity and respect both at home and abroad. He said the peace we now enjoy is as a result of the President’s effort and strong leadership.  Representative Kollie commended the President for appointing citizens of Lofa to positions of trust and appealed to Madam Sirleaf to kindly appoint a City Mayor for the newly created City of Salayea before the end of her tenure. 
For her part, Hon. Mariamu Beyan Fofana, Co-chair, Lofa County Legislative Caucus presented a bouquet of flowers to President Sirleaf as a token of appreciation for the transformation she has brought to Lofa and Liberia at large. 
She however appealed to President Sirleaf for her continued support to Vice President Joseph Boakai in the wake of the October 2017 Legislative and Presidential elections.   
Responding, President Sirleaf lauded the people of Lofa County for the honor bestowed on her adding: “Thank you Lofa County for the honor; I appreciate what you have done.” She used the occasion to call on the citizens of Lofa to stay strong; Keep pressing on and continue to work harder. “Today, we can say we have peace in our country; We can say that we have security; and we can say that there’s development although we have more to do; but the foundation has already been laid and nobody can take it away; All they need to do now is to build upon it to make it bigger, wider and stronger.” 
She told the gathering that the clock of democracy cannot be turned back. She said when Liberia gets over the next elections; it will be a graduation for political maturity. That, according to her is what all Liberians look forward to. President Sirleaf said Liberians can make it happen by voting wisely for a successful and peaceful transition of power. She admonished them to keep the peace and move forward in making Liberia a better place for all. 
Concluding, President Sirleaf pledged US$10,000.00 each to the 15 counties but indicated Lofa would receive US$15,000.00 to complete a number of small projects being undertaken in the counties.
Speaking at an interactive Town Hall Meeting in Gonia Town, Salayea District, Lofa County, President Sirleaf promised to look into appeals from citizens of Lofa regarding the process of peaceful transition.
Earlier, Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs, Hon. Varney Sirleaf said the essence of the President’s visit to Lofa was to express appreciation to the people for their contribution to the sustainability of peace for the past 11 years. He expressed thanks and appreciation to President Sirleaf for being a great leader. “We wish to applaud you Madam President for going beyond the last mile in service to our people.