President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has received appreciation from the Commercial Motorcyclists Union of Liberia (CMTUL) for 12 years of uninterrupted peace and for creating the space for motorcyclists to carry out their normal duties.
“Madam President, because of the maintenance of peace under your able leadership we are able to ride our bikes, build our homes, send ourselves to school and feed ourselves, we say thank you very much Madam President,” said John Kenyon, head of the Union. “You will be remembered even after your administration has come to an end.”
According to an Executive Mansion release, the assertion was made at program marking the appreciation of President Sirleaf by Commercial Motorcyclists Union of Liberia, which took place at the Monrovia City Hall on Sunday, November 5, 2017.
Speaking on behalf of the Motorcyclists, Kenyon said President Sirleaf, as the first democratically female President in Africa, has done well and should be appreciated while she is still alive. Presenting a copy of a movie to President Sirleaf, entitled: “Pem-pem Boys Nonviolent Movie,” he noted that President Sirleaf has created the space for motorcyclists to succeed and improve their lives. He furthered: “We are productive citizens of Liberia and not to be called all kinds of names,” he said.
He used the occasion to congratulate Deputy Inspector General of Police, Col. Abraham Kromah for the level of transformation over the period. Using a biblical maxim, Mr. Kenyon described Col. Kromah as having been transformed from “Saul to Paul”. Mr. Kenyon encouraged motorcyclists to avoid being used by politicians for their selfish interest and ensure peace always and at all times.
He told the gathering that the Union has purchased a parcel of land in Margibi County to construct a vocational school to enhance their ability. He then appealed to President Sirleaf on behalf of the Union to be captured in the next national budget to buttress their development efforts.
Responding, President Sirleaf thanked the Motorcyclists and described them as “Professional Entrepreneurs” and not just “Motorcyclists” because they carried sick children and pregnant women to various places. She commended them for their outstanding contributions to the Liberian economy by providing transportation services throughout the country.
The Liberian leader assured the Motorcyclists of her government’s commitment to improving the lives of all Liberians including motorcyclists all over Liberia adding, “Although we haven’t reached the place we want to reach due to some delays including the outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus for two years and others, we are committed to connecting our roads including county capitals; All financial requirements has bee put in place to begin the roads pavement as we approach the dry season” She said.
Speaking further, she noted despite the challenges encountered, her government has made sufficient progress both nationally and internationally including building of roads, among others. Describing the ceremony as a family gathering, she urged motorcyclists to respect the rule of law and be good citizens because, according to her, the future rests with them. She promised to sponsor the “Pem-Pem Boys Non Violent Movie”, which was earlier presented to her.
In separate remarks, Deputy Inspector General Abraham Kromah and Cllr. Yvette Chesson-Wureh lauded the motorcyclists for coming together and encouraged them to remain law abiding at all times. They pledged their continued support to the Motorcyclists.