Ellen Inspects Progress On Independence Day Projects – Woos Collective Efforts

The Bailey Bridge constructed over the Darbawulor that connects Greenville to Barclayville constructed by the Ministry of Public Works
The Bailey Bridge constructed over the Darbawulor that connects Greenville to Barclayville constructed by the Ministry of Public Works

President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is urging citizens of Sinoe and Grand Kru Counties, co-hosts of the 168th Independence Anniversary, to get a little more involved in giving the two capital cities – Greenville and Barclayville – a facelift.

The Liberian leader admonished citizens to clean their yards, cut the high bush growing all around the two cities, and paint their houses. “They all need to join in to do their little part to make the two cities look good,” she pleaded.

According to an Executive Mansion release, President Sirleaf made the call at the end of her visit to Sinoe and Grand Kru Counties to access the level of progress and preparation for the celebration of this year’s Independence Anniversary scheduled to be co-hosted by the two counties.

Overall, the Liberian leader was satisfied with the progress made so far but reminded the leadership of the two counties that a lot more needs to be done to meet the deadline especially for the projects expected to be dedicated during the celebrations.

The Liberian leader specifically praised the efforts of the Public Works Minister Gyude Moore and his team who have now completed 76 percent of rehabilitation work on the road broken into segments from Buchanan, Grand Bassa County to Barclayville, Grand Kru County.

President Sirleaf makes a point during her inspection of the guest house under construction; expected to be dedicated during the independence celebration
President Sirleaf makes a point during her inspection of the guest house under construction; expected to be dedicated during the independence celebration

Mandra is working on the 107 kilometer stretch between Buchanan and Nimba junction; Solid Rock, the 97 kilometer road between Nimba junction and Nyanforh’s Town; and the Armed Forces of Liberia engineering company, the 32 kilometer portion between Nyanforh’s Town and Greenville.

She had exceptional praise for the Ministry of Public Works team headed by deputy minister Claude Langley who constructed a 120-foot Bailey bridge over the Darbawulor River that connects Greenville to Barclayville through Taybu 1 and Taybu 2 and has cut the transportation time of the 166 kilometer road between the two capital cities by nearly two hours.

President Sirleaf, however, cautioned that though a lot of work has been done on the roads, which has shortened the time a vehicle takes between Buchanan to Barclayville through Greenville, if the rains are heavy, there will be difficulties on the roads. “That’s nature and we don’t know what will happen; that’s the risk,” she warned.

President Sirleaf, during her tour of Greenville, visited the 3rd Judicial Circuit Court headed by Cllr. Geeplay Tiklo Konton; Francis J. Grante Memorial Hospital, headed by the County Health Officer, Dr. Wilmot Frank; multi-purpose youth center, and the James E. Greene Sports Stadium.

She frowned on the outlook of the Francis J. Grante Memorial Hospital which has not been painted for a protracted period and the grass around the compound has not been cut in years.

The Liberian leader praised the Director General of the General Services Agency, Ms. Mary Broh, who’s spearheading the renovation of the presidential guest house and the J. Dominic Bing, Sr. City Hall in Greenville, Sinoe County where the main Independence Anniversary celebrations takes place.

President Sirleaf visits the Francis J Grante Memorial Hospital and is met by County Health Officer, Dr. Wilmot Frank and staff
President Sirleaf visits the Francis J Grante Memorial Hospital and is met by County Health Officer, Dr. Wilmot Frank and staff

Projected expected to be dedicated in Sinoe County during the Independence Anniversary are the proposed superintendent’s residence and guest house, multipurpose youth center, statutory district superintendent’s residence in Jourzon, and the Delkilo Public School in Numepo District.

During her visit to Barclayville on Thursday, May 14, the Liberian leader visited ongoing renovation work at the Barclayville City Hall, the newly constructed administrative building in Jloh Statutory District and the presidential guest house where she held a meeting with the local leadership including the Grand Kru County Legislative Caucus on ongoing preparations.

Projected expected to be dedicated in Grand Kru County include four administrative buildings in four statutory districts including Dorbor, Boah, Garraway, and Jloh; three buildings to accommodate U.S. Peace Corps volunteers teaching in the county; a science laboratory at the P.G. Wolo High School, two others are to be constructed in Sasstown and Grand Cess; 50 solar panel lights around Barclayville; the laying out of streets in Barclayville; and the renovated Barclaville City Hall.

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Author: D K Sengbeh

Danicius Kaihenneh Sengbeh (author of Sengbeh's Weblog) is a respected and renowned Liberian journalist, poet and writer with with journalism experience since 2001, of working both as a mainstream journalist and a communication/media consultant in Liberia. He is Secretary General of the Press Union of Liberia (elected Dec 2013). He was Assistant Secretary General of the Union Dec 2011 to Dec 2013. He is also Editor-In-Chief of The Informer Newspaper—one of Liberia’s credible dailies. Before joining the Informer, Danicius had served as reporter, chief reporter, sub-editor and News Editor at The Independent Newspaper between 2002 and 2006. Before then, he was reporter at the defunct Patriot Newspaper and Kiss FM 2001-2002. Danicius is a UN Media Fellow and Liberia’s first UN Medal Award-winning journalist for his contribution to journalism and for being the second Liberian journalist in 15 years to qualify for and successfully attended the United Nations’ Reham Al-Farra Memorial Journalist Fellowship Program in New York and Geneva, Switzerland in 2012. He earned a Bachelor’s of Arts Degree in Mass Communication and Sociology from the University of Liberia and a Diploma in Journalism from the International School of Journalism. He holds several awards and recognitions both in and outside of journalism, and carries dozens of certificates in journalism and communication from studies in Ghana, China, United States and Switzerland, among others. He volunteers as Chair of the Information and Communication Committee of his local Bardnersville community. He can be quickly reached via (+231) 886586531/777586531/777464018/ dakasen1978@yahoo.com

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