In continuation of the 168th Independence Anniversary celebrations, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has begun dedicating development projects in Sinoe County, one of the two counties co-hosting this year’s official celebrations.
The President, early Thursday, July 23, dedicated a number of development projects in Greenville, Sinoe County, including the 3rd Judicial Circuit Court complex.
During the ceremony, President Sirleaf expressed her pleasure in joining the Judiciary to dedicate the complex. “This is another manifestation of the promise the government made to continue having development in all the counties,” she said, noting that the fact that the judicial complex is one of the largest in the country attests to the commitment that government has made.
She also expressed delight in joining the people of Sinoe County as the country celebrates its 168th Independence Anniversary, which gives all compatriots the opportunity to access the progress that has been made, recognize the challenges that still exist, and have an opportunity for an exchange with fellow citizens on how they see the way going forward to continue the progress in the country.
President Sirleaf pledged government’s commitment to see that the judicial complex is fenced in order the secure the entire five acres donated to the judiciary by the people of Sinoe County.
She thanked the Chief Justice, Associate Justices and Staff of the Judiciary for exercising and rendering justice in the country; adding, “That in itself is recognition of the commitment of this government to the rule of law even sometimes if we think matters could be settled out of court.”
Earlier, Chief Justice Francis Korkpor said the dedication of the judicial complex promotes the concept of judicial independence. He said it was high time that the judiciary, an independent branch of government, be housed in its own facilities throughout the country.
“As we speak, many of our courts are still operating from administrative buildings owned by local government authorities, or from properties owned by private individuals who are potential litigants before the courts,” he stressed. He further noted that this practice had the tendency to compromise the independence of the Judiciary in many respects.
Chief Justice Korkpor revealed that his administration plans to continue to have a facility of this kind constructed at all judicial circuits in the country, to enhance the productivity of judges and judicial workers and place them in better working environments free from outside influences.
In a related development, President Sirleaf has also dedicated a newly constructed Superintendent’s official residence, a 15-room Executive Guest House, a Multi-Purpose Youth Center, a Children’s Playground and a Youth Center, where she took some time to socialize with the children and youth of Greenville City.
She also dedicated a National Port Authority Rest House and a Warehouse at the Samuel Ross Port of Greenville.
President Sirleaf visited the newly painted Francis J. Grante Memorial Hospital where she interacted with the healthcare workers, medical staff, including expatriate medical staff working at the hospital. She applauded them for giving the health facility a facelift.
In brief remarks at the end of the tour of the Grante Hospital, the President thanked the Liberian contractors and United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) for the renovation of the hospital.
She added that the projects dedicated reflect progress for the county; though she observed that a number of them still needed some extra work to be completed and made comfortable. She said the transformation of the city is beginning to be seen and she urged officials to do more. She promised to give them the support so that Greenville may have a true facelift.
Later in the afternoon, she and her entourage departed Greenville for Barclayville, Grand Kru County, co-host of this year’s celebration.
While en-route, she will dedicate a number of projects, including the Buah Town Police Station; Buah Town Administrative Building; Senator Peter Coleman’s 22-bed room guest house; and Norkwi Elementary School, followed by the official arrival of the President to Barclayville, Grand Kru County.
Meanwhile, on Friday, July 24, President Sirleaf and her officials of government as well as members of the diplomatic corps, well-wishers and citizens of Sinoe County will attend the official Islamic prayer in observance of the 168th Independence Anniversary.