President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has asserted that if there were many more Liberians like Paynesville City Mayor Cyvette Gibson, the speed of the country’s development would defy imagination.
Expressing her delight with the level of transformation that is taking place at the ELWA junction in Paynesville, President Sirleaf said, “If all Liberians were doing this, getting it done and taking initiatives, just think how far our country would have been; it would have been much farther than we are today.”
She indicated that Mayor Gibson is a classic example of good leadership that gets things done. “Here is an example of someone who caught the vision, who demonstrated the commitment to turn what was difficult and eye-watching situation into this beautiful work of art that will benefit all people.
“We want to be thankful for the results of the works that we see. Our government has a vision, short and medium plan, but we cannot deliver unless all those responsible are ready to implement those plans,” President Sirleaf said.
President Sirleaf further stated that the ELWA junction was gradually becoming another Red-Light, but the intervention of the PCC boss has mitigated the situation.
“I want to commend her for this kind of initiative that shows a high level of creativity. Cyvette, you and your staff, a big thank you, those of us who drive by are not the [only] ones that will enjoy it; it will be the people in the community that will really enjoy it,” she said.
“Now that she has succeeded, we know her vision will go even further to look at other places that she can turn into beautiful works like what she has done here today,” the President noted.
President Sirleaf then challenged Mayor Gibson to see the Duport Road junction as another place that could possibly be beautified. She expressed firm belief in the ability of Mayor Gibson and her team in executing that project.
Meanwhile, President Sirleaf has also lauded NASSCORP for living up to its corporate social responsibility. “Your commitment is transforming the environment and turning it into something that pleases us so much.”
The Paynesville City Mayor also expressed her appreciation to President Sirleaf and the NASSCORP authority for the continuous support the PCC gets in order to implement its projects.
The Paynesville City Corporation, with assistance from the National Social Security and Welfare Corporation (NASSCORP), has beautified the ELWA junction by constructing a park and a springing fountain to give it the desired facelift, as it is the gateway for visitors entering Monrovia.
“ELWA junction is the gateway to our nation's capital. The appearance of the municipality reflects the dreams and aspirations of our citizens as we move forward to structure this city” the Paynesville Mayor said.
Mayor Gibson said the community involvement and cooperation played a major part in helping PCC achieve its goal. She further stated that apart from the facelift at ELWA junction, the project created employment for residents of the ELWA and GSA road communities.
"The community involvement and empowerment was essential to the achievement of this goal — most importantly, ownership as they transformed this junction," Gibson said.
The Mayor added that the success of the project was a collective effort by the surrounding communities, business owners and PCC staffers.
Gibson recalled the challenges her administration faced to get the beautification project started.
"On August 24, 2013, PCC began the clearing of ELWA junction to commence the rendering of the gateway to our nation. September 1, 2013, we had the ground breaking ceremony for this beautification project. We wrote countless letters requesting support, and only one agency endorsed our vision — NASSCORP," Mayor Gibson said.
Mayor Gibson thanked the people of Paynesville and employees of PCC for being far sighted in allowing development to take place in the city. “I thank you [PCC staffers] for your dedication; it has extended beyond employment expectations”.
To NASSCORP, your contribution in providing funding for this endeavor is highly appreciated. To our stakeholders at the ELWA junction thanks for endorsing the vision. We have received cooperation from LNP youth organization, Yana boys, pehn-pehn boys and market women”, Mayor Gibson asserted.
She reasserted that the appearance of the municipality reflects the dreams and aspirations of the ordinary people of Paynesville.