President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has officially dedicated the newly constructed St. Paul Bridge Community Hall and commended the coming together of people to complete the development as an act of a spirit of cooperation.
She said: “It is a great honor for me because you have come together in the spirit of cooperation.”
The coming together of community people, local authorities, lawmakers and others is a good thing, “because when everyone is working together in the spirit of cooperation, good things happen,” said the President during the colorful ceremony held in District No. 16 of Montserrado County last Friday, according to an Executive Mansion release.
Madam Sirleaf said she has already started discussing something meaningful that entails bringing development to the people that will make them happy and to encourage other people to bring developments to their communities.
She appealed to Liberians everywhere to be strong, courageous and love their country and desist from saying negative things about the country, even if non-Liberians were in the business of doing so. “Be strong, be courageous and love your country,” she urged.
Speaking earlier, Montserrado County Superintendent Florence Brandy said the people coming together to dedicate the Community Hall can be credited to President Sirleaf’s development agenda through the allotment of county and social development funds for the purpose of taking development to the people.
Superintendent Brandy explained that even though the project had been delayed for some time –for which county authorities were blamed with some alleging that funding for the project was misapplied – the delay resulted from the outbreak of the deadly Ebola Virus Disease and delays in receiving allotted funding from the Ministry of Finance.
Despite these difficulties, she said the county was benefitting from the “county and social development funds to the point where the county is now profiting from more than five different projects that are decentralized across Montserrado County.”
Superintendent Brandy said the Community Hall, as a public facility, will be managed by a team to be set up by the community people along with the General Services Agency (GSA) for the purpose of maintaining the facility.
In his remarks, Montserrado County Electoral District No. 16 Rep. Edward Forh extolled President Sirleaf for her continued assistance to the people of his District and Montserrado County.
He called on the residents of District No.16 to take ownership of the Community Hall and commended President Sirleaf for the level of roads constructed and other development initiatives in the district.
The program was witnessed by senior government officials, including Internal Affairs Minister Henrique Tokpah, county officials, community leaders, and residents, among others.