President George Weah has dedicated a new modern state of the art Corporate Headquarters of the Liberia Petroleum Refining Company (LPRC) in compliance with executing the Coalition for Democratic Change’s (CDC) mission.
President Weah in a remark on Wednesday, January 20, 2021 during the dedication ceremony said his administration finds it necessary to implement infrastructural projects such as this because Liberia as the oldest independent country in Africa, has sadly lacked such much-needed facilities.
“Under the Pro-Poor Agenda, it is our intention that every Government Ministry, Agency, or Public Corporation must have its own office building rather than paying exorbitant fees to lease an area. These rental fees could otherwise be saved to be utilized for building schools or clinics or other projects which could better serve our people. Over the long term, these rental payments could equal or exceed the cost of constructing our own government buildings,” President Weah said.
According to President Weah, the CDC has its vision and will fulfill the mission, stating “Our vision is fully set out and captured in the Pro-Poor Agenda for Prosperity and Development, and our mission is to fulfill that vision by developing our country.”
He said the government will complete the mission of the Pro-Poor Agenda for Prosperity and Development by continuing to give priority to infrastructural development.
President Weah lauded the Management and staff of LPRC for taking this important initiative to construct the administrative building and modernize some other facilities that are used in its operation.
He expressed gratitude to the Managing Director, Ms. Marie Urey Coleman, who completed the project, and her immediate predecessor, Ms. Nyemade Pearson, who started the project.
“It is worthy to note that these two female administrators were appointed by this Administration, and they have justified their preferment by bringing a high level of professionalism, energy, and innovation to the management of the LPRC,” the Liberian leader indicated.
He admonished the Management and Staff to take good care of the building through proper maintenance, so that it will continue to serve them well into the future.
“I have noted with interest the Status Report on the rehabilitation of the tanks and other facilities at the PST. Although this is still a work-in-progress, I want to encourage you to complete the job, and I look forward to being invited back soon to dedicate the completed facility,” President Weah said.
He said although the building speaks for itself, there are still those who say that they cannot see it, stating “well, it is often said that none are as blind as those who do not wish to see. Even lights in the city, people say they cannot see the light. So will they see a building?”
President recounted the recent dedication of the first Administrative Building of the National Port Authority, which according to him has not been there since the Freeport was built almost 75 years ago.
Managing Director, Ms. Marie Urey Coleman, said she is grateful to the Almighty God for the completion of the headquarters of the LPRC.
Ms. Coleman said amidst the COVID-19, the management team was still able to complete the headquarters. According to her, since the inception of the LPRC in 1978 it has been one of the most critical institutions of economic importance for the government and public sustainability for growth.
“Members of the Board and the executive management team expressed their gratitude and appreciation to Weah for the reposed in the entire team,” Ms. Coleman said.
She said the management remains committed in supporting the government Pro-Poor Agenda for Prosperity and Development. Ms. Coleman lauded her predecessor, Ms. Nyemade Pearson for the good work before her departure for the Central Bank of Liberia.