President Sirleaf Observes First Anniversary

Tuesday, 16th January 2007
President Sirleaf waves to a crowd of well wishers at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium in Monrovia.
President Sirleaf waves to a crowd of well wishers at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium in Monrovia.
Photo Credit: James M. Garresen, II/Executive Mansion
Monrovia, Liberia - The government of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has observed the first anniversary of its inauguration with low keyed activities marking the occasion.

The ceremonies began earlier Tuesday with a Thanksgiving and Intercessory Service at the First United Methodist Church in Monrovia.

The day which was observed as a regular working day, was climaxed with a Cultural Jamboree at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium, attended by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and Vice President Joseph Boakai, as well as other senior government officials and ordinary Liberians from all walks of life.

The event spotlighted the display of performances by members of the National Cultural Troop and Liberian musical artists, including the country’s Music Ambassador Marion Cassell and the famous Liberian artist, Sundaygar Dearboy, who rendered his popular hit, “Bay Jay,” as the President joined thousands of well wishers who danced and sang along to the Hit song.

The President later visited the Unity Party headquarters where she was met by party stalwarts and enthusiasts.  President Johnson Sirleaf thanked the party members for their loyalty and support, and urged members to get involved in the campaigned to help give a facelift to their respective communities.

The Unity Party Leader said, partisans should be proud for the strides the party has made towards the pursuit of its development agenda. “There are still challenges ahead, and we all must continue to work harder to help improve the living standard of our people,” the President added.

President Johnson Sirleaf later made a brief stop on Broad Street where she chatted with workers of the Broad Street Beatification Project. The President thanked the workers for their hard work and assured them that government would not relent in seeking more avenues to provide employment opportunities for its people.

Read First Anniversary Speech.