Italian Cities Donate Vehicles and Motorbikes to Liberian Government

Wednesday, 10th September 2008
Bibbona, Italy - The Municipalities of Bibbona and Livorno in Italy, have donated more than 20 high end BMW and Alpha Romeo vehicles and several Motorbikes to the Liberian Government through the Italian Police service.

The vehicles were presented to Vice President Boakai Joseph N. Boakai Tuesday in Fiano Romano Province located about an hour’s drive from the capital Rome, while the motorbikes were presented to the Vice President Wednesday in the Bibbona suburb of Cecina.

Dr. Allesandro Rossi, Deputy Chief of Police of Fiano Romano spoke of the growing ties between Liberia and Itlay, and hoped these close ties would be further strengthened.

He said the vehicles would be shipped to Liberia in the next few weeks.

The donation was the result of an appeal Vice President Boakai made to the Italian people to assist Liberia during his visit to the country last March.

Receiving the vehicles and Motorbikes, Vice President Boakai thanked the Italian people for seeing the need to come to Liberia’s rescue at this time.

“You have demonstrated true friendship. As the saying goes, a friend in need is a friend indeed,” Vice President Boakai observed.

He said Liberia lost everything as a result of the conflict that engulfed it,   and that the government led by Africa’s first elected female President, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, is in the process of rebuilding the war-scarred country, relying on the friendship countries like Italy.

He said the donation would go a long way in meeting the transportation and logistical needs of the government, especially as it grapples with the high crime rate in the capital Monrovia and other parts of the Country.

In continuation of his visit to Italy Wednesday, Vice President Boakai toured several parts of Bibbona, including the Cecina Museum which displays artifacts of Roman civilization dating back 400,000 years.

He also paid a courtesy call on the Mayor of the Commune of Cecina, PaoloPacini whom he presented a flag bearing the Liberian Seal as a memento of visit to that commune.