Circuit Court Judges get New Pickups; President Sirleaf Launches Providence Island Restoration Initiative

Monday, 18th December 2006
Some of the vehicles presented to Circuit Court Judges.
Some of the vehicles presented to Circuit Court Judges.
Photo Credit: James Garrison, Executive Mansion
Monrovia, Liberia - President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has participated in a ceremony marking the delivery of twenty pickups to Circuit Court Judges throughout the country. At a program held at the Temple of Justice in Monrovia, the President renewed governmentís commitment in improving the Judicial System of the country to meet international standards.

The provision of training and exposure of Judges, the President noted, would bring more dignity and respect to the Judiciary. The Liberian leader reminded the Judges to recognize the reality of their function and overcome the negative perception about the Judiciary in the past, by dispensing justice in keeping with the constitution.

President Johnson Sirleaf made the remarks on Monday when she participated in the delivery ceremony of 20 twin-cabin Ford Ranger pick-ups, intended for Circuit Court Judges throughout the country.

Turning over the keys to the various Circuit Court Judges earlier, the chief Justice of Liberia, His honor Johnnie Lewis, warned that any Judge found misusing the vehicles would be dismissed. Chief Justice Lewis thanked the Executive and Legislature Branches of government for their collaborative spirit, noting that the provision of the vehicles is a manifestation of his desire to enhance the performance of the Judiciary.

Meanwhile, the Liberian Chief Executive has launched a campaign aimed at restoring the Providence Island in Monrovia. At the launching program, the President urged residents to organize themselves in community groups to assist in the disposal of garbage in their communities. The President praised the Ministry of Information family and volunteers for their efforts in contributing to national renewal.

Earlier, Information Minister, Dr. Laurence Bropleh, announcing the setting up of Trust Fund to restore the Providence Island, pledged an initial contribution of LD$10,000.00 (ten-thousand Liberian dollars). The President, for her part, made a five-hundred dollars personal pledge toward the Fund, calling for transparency and accountability in its management. The President also pledged US$2-thousand dollars toward the Fund, on behalf of Government.

The occasion was attended by a number of government officials, including Liberian Ambassador to Washington, DC. Mr. Charles Minor, as well as Chinese Ambassador and Mrs. Lin Songtian, who also participated in the launching exercise.