‘Be Robust on Gov’t Projects’

---Says President Sirleaf; urges LACE Exec. Dir.

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President Sirleaf inspecting one of the LACE projects

In continuation of her ‘Last Mile’ nationwide tour to appreciate citizens for supporting her administration, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has urged the executive director of the Liberia Agency for Community Empowerment (LACE) and his team to be robust in executing her government’s development programs.

Cutting the ribbons to various projects recently, President Sirleaf said the legislative support projects (LSP) the agency is implementing across the country are of high quality.

According to the President, LACE is proceeding with the implementation of the LSP in a timely manner and that its impact is “tremendous due to the high level of professionalism” that characterizes their work in the communities, mainly in rural Liberia.

She said the LACE has performed well in the implementation of government and donor funded infrastructural and youth development projects, adding that Liberians have the requisite skills and abilities to properly manage the country’s development processes.

Since the President embarked on her ‘Last Mile’ appreciation tour of the 15 counties, legislative support projects have been a key part of projects she has dedicated and inspected.

The projects range from markets to other public buildings, including magisterial courts, clinics, schools, Commissioners’ compounds, the Presidential Palace, nurses’ quarters, conference halls, youth centers, and auditoriums.

President Sirleaf called on other government agencies to emulate the good example of the LACE by prioritizing their country over personal gains when entrusted with national development projects or initiatives.

She particularly expressed delight in the high quality of the construction works and was moved to remark that there was a lot of good happening in the countryside in terms of infrastructural development and hoped Liberians and residents of Monrovia would leave the city center and travel to the hinterland to see the developments.

The LACE delegation, headed by executive director Julius K. Sele, thanked Liberian contractors vetted by the Public Procurement and Concessions Commission (PPCC) for being outstanding in adhering to contract terms by making sure sub-projects awarded to them are timely executed.

With the required funding, Mr. Sele believes that citizens in remote parts of the country can feel the positive impact of their government.

“This can be achieved by road connectivity from farms to markets, bridges to connect and unite towns, and protection of the right to education, quality healthcare, and recreation through the construction of facilities that ensure such rights are protected,” the LACE director said.

Meanwhile, LACE is also undertaking the construction of roads, bridges, culverts, WASH compact projects, the fencing of football fields, and capacitating existing structures with needed equipment for functional operation.

The projects are facilitated by the lawmakers of the 53rd Legislature and funded by the Liberian government through national budget allocations in strong consultation with the Office of the President.

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