President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has said that the Ebola virus, which is wreaking havoc on Liberia and other countries in the sib-region, will not dictate Liberia’s future.
Speaking on Monday September 15, when the Fula Community in Liberia made a huge donation to the National Task Force on Ebola, the Liberia leader termed the donation as the largest that is coming from a true partner.
The donation was made at President Sirleaf’s Fish Market residence on the Tubman Boulevard. The donation, worth about US$150,000, includes three Nissan pickup trucks, assorted food items and mineral water.
The well-attended donation ceremony was also graced by House Speaker Alex Tyler and subheads of the Fula Community in Liberia.
President Sirleaf referred to the Fulani donation as a significant contribution that surpassed all. She noted that it also showed where the hearts of the Fulani are in the country’s development process.
These are difficult times in the country’s existence and as such everyone should work together to solve the problem.
She said Liberia and Liberias have triumphed in several other difficult instances in the past and the Ebola pandemic will be no exception. “Ebola virus will not win this fight if we all fight collectively,” she declared.
Presenting the donation to President Sirleaf on behalf of the Fulani community was Fula Governor Alhaji Gaye. He noted in his presentation statement that the fight against the virus should be everyone’s business and the Fulas’ donation was a demonstration of this fight.
Governor Gaye said that the Fula community saw it as a compelling need to donate to the fight as the Ebola virus disease knows no special person. He noted that together both Liberians and their foreign partners will overcome the disease.
He renewed the community’s commitment to cooperating with the Liberian Government in the fight against the Ebola outbreak and all the economic problems associated with it.
He assured President Sirleaf that the Fula Community, most of whom are doing business in the country, will adhere to all government regulations, including maintaining stable prices for goods and services and joining the anti-Ebola activities.
Speaker Alex Tyler said the Fula community’s donation demonstrates that the community stands by the government at this critical time.
The Bomi County lawmaker, who is also Co-Chair of the National Consultative Group, said “Ebola knows no boundary. It is a threat that all of us must face and even though other communities have identified with this fight, we hope that other communities will do as the Fulani have done here today. It is time for all partners of Liberia to stand with us,” he said.
He called on every Liberian to continue to listen and follow the preventive measures. By doing so, Ebola will be eradicated from the country.
Also presenting the keys of the three pickups to the Liberian leader, the Ambassador of African Women Entrepreneurship Program, Rugie Barry, urged Liberians to stop criticizing the government, but rally with government in order to ensure the virus is defeated.
“The fight against Ebola can be won when everyone works together as a team,” she averred.
Madam Barry also disclosed that the Fula community is bringing into the country some medical supplies worth over US$9,075.00 to augment government’s efforts in the fight. These are currently being processed for clearing at the National Port Authority (NPA).
The Fula donation made to the NTF include, three Nissan double cabin pick-ups, 500 bags of 25 kg rice, 900 cartons of bottled water (large and small), 140 pieces of mattresses, 500 cartons of bath soap, 100 cartons of Clorox, 100 cartons of lucozade, 100 pieces of garbage buckets, 250 bags of tissues and 100 sacks of powdered soap.
Other members of the Fula community present at the donation ceremony included the president of the Fula Business Association, Alhaji Bella Diallo, the Assistant Director for external Operation at the National Security Agency (NSA), Alieu Bah and others.