A team of officials from the Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA) on Monday, April 9, visited the Port of Greenville to ascertain the activities of the port and how it is impacting the lives of the locals.
The team, headed by Mr. Emmett Reeves, Deputy Minister/Operations, Madam Paulita C.Wie, Deputy Minister/Urban Affairs, as well as the Superintendent of Sinoe County Lee Nagbe Chea, toured the port facilities, expressing gratitude to the port’s management for the level of work done, which has taken the port to an international level.
The officials expressed appreciation to the Port of Greenville’s management and also extended heartfelt gratitude to the central management of the National Port Authority (NPA), headed by Madam Celia Cuffy Brown, for the level of work done at the port.
The spokesperson of the port Ishmael Koffeh explained that the visit by officials of the Ministry of Internal Affairs showed how concerned the government is for those working in rural parts of the country.
The Port of Greenville suffered much destruction in the 14-year civil conflict, leaving the entire port in ruins. However, during the administration of former President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, funding secured from the Kuwaiti government was used to rehabilitate the port to international standards, according to Manager Alex S. Noah.
During a visit by the Daily Observer last week, Golden Veroleum, an oil palm company operating in the Southeast, was constructing tankers or storage facilities for the possible exportation of oil palm from Liberia.
It is not clear what prompted the visit by the MIA officials, but many residents and business people in Sinoe or the southeast have been wishing for this port to be open so as to ease the transportation of goods by land.
The MIA officials entered one of the tug boats, admonishing the seamen for their hard work in keeping the port functional.