President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has reminded the heads of the other two branches of the Liberian government, Speaker Alex Tyler of the Legislature and Chief Justice Francis Korkpor, of the urgent need to increase their level of coordination and understanding as Liberians enter the New Year.
Better coordination, she said, is intended to achieve what is in the best interest of the people of Liberia after a difficult and challenging year. “We must redouble our efforts, collaborate and effectively coordinate our efforts if we are to lift our people through the post-Ebola recovery,” President Sirleaf said, adding, “If there is a lesson from Ebola, it is that we are in one boat. Each of us must do our share if our boat is to continue to sail even in difficult weather.”
She spoke with the two leaders at the Temple of Justice on Wednesday evening immediately following her meeting with President Yayi Boni of Benin and President Mahamadou Issoufou of Niger who came to pay her a brief visit to show their solidarity.
President Sirleaf, while speaking with the leaders of the two branches of government, expressed optimism that notwithstanding the difficulties of the past year, with the ongoing support of the international community and its partners, Liberia is still poised to achieve much-needed economic growth as well as advance the cause of peace and improvement in various social services that are desperately needed by the Liberian people.
She also briefed Chief Justice Korkpor and House Speaker Tyler on the solidarity visit of Presidents Yayi Boni and Mahamadou Issoufou.
Speaker Tyler, for his part, assured the President of the support of the Legislature and promised to work with his colleagues in the House and Senate to restore Liberia to the path of progress and development.
Chief Justice Korkpor, who hosted the meeting, assured the heads of the other branches of the support of the Judiciary in applying the law to all citizens and residents without fear or favor.
As they always do, the heads of the three branches of Government pledged to continue to work together in the best interest of the country and its people.