The head of the Ivoirian delegation to Bentol City, Montserrado County, has said that for a nation to develop it must develop its human resource capacity.
Mr. Dro Alphonse leading a six member delegation called on the Liberian government to invest in human resource development
during a recent groundbreaking ceremony for the construction of the new Bentol City Hall and municipal center.
Mr. Alphonse is the first deputy to the City Mayor of Attecoube near Abidjan, the commercial hub of Cote d’Ivoire.
He said in spite of the many difficulties faced by La Cote d’Ivoire in recent history, the country remains a close partner to Liberia.
“We are also aware that challenges will always vary from one nation to another and the capacities to overcome them come only if human resource development and better understanding of how to deal with the unfolding events become legitimate priorities,” he told his Liberian counterpart and her entourage.
Mr. Dro Alphonse said Mrs. Norman, the Mayor of Bentol, is a very close friend of the residents of Attecoube, and her choice to have him and his delegation as special guests at the occasion was no mistake.
On behalf of the people and government of La Cote d’Ivoire, Mr. Alphonse assured residents of Bentol that his office will work with the Bentol project from start to finish.
“President Houphet Boigny in whose honor you named an avenue in Bentol was a close friend to former President William Tolbert, and therefore, the unity the both of them shared at that time is what we want to rekindle in our hearts and actions as we break ground for the construction of a new city hall in Bentol,” Mr. Alphonse said to a round of applause.
The Ivoirian delegation presented an assortment of African fabrics as gifts to Mrs. Norman in appreciation of the hospitality accorded them in Bentol.
In response, the Mayor congratulated the six-person (three males and three females) Ivoirian delegation for not only coming to the city, but taking ownership of the groundbreaking ceremony to construct the new city hall and municipal center.
“I am so glad that your coming has helped to wipe away my tears and restore my hope for having a city hall and a municipal center for the people of Bentol,” Mrs. Norman told the Ivoirian delegation.
She called on residents of Bentol and surrounding towns to join hands to construct the facilities aimed at relocating her three-room office in the Montserrado County Administrative building to the Bentol City Hall.
The estimated cost of the project is US$400,000, and it is expected to be completed early next year.
The ceremony was climaxed with cultural performances, special Christian prayers and fellowship.