President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has stressed the need for “more work and less talk” upon her return home Friday, November 6, 2015 following her successful visits to India and the People’s Republic of China.
According to an Executive Mansion release, President Sirleaf was speaking at the Sinkor Assembly of God Church during a Thanksgiving Service in commemoration of her 77th birth anniversary and successful mission and safe return to the country.
She noted that, as the result of her trip, the governments of India and China have committed themselves to support Liberia’s development efforts, but was quick to caution that unless we demonstrate the preparedness to help ourselves, others won’t do for us.
President Sirleaf said she received the commitments of India and China to support the country’s development agenda. The two countries, she said, resolved that Liberia will remain one of the nations with which they will remain fully engaged.
She told the gathering that the visits afforded Liberia the opportunity to appreciate how those countries are tackling poverty, and learn from their experiences in terms of how these countries transformed though they are still considered developing nations.
Meanwhile, President Sirleaf has generously donated a gift totaling US$7,400, which was presented to her by her Cabinet Ministers as a birthday gift, to the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection for use by Ebola survivors and orphans. She euphemistically pointed out that “the best gift that each and every one can give her would be to go and get their work done and on time. She then called on all Liberians to take charge of the development of the country and work harder to its recovery effort.
She earlier thanked Vice President Jospeh N. Boakai for the effective representation of Liberia in the signing of the US$257 million Millennium Challenge Corporation Compact in Washington, U.S.A. which she said clearly highlights the United States’ re-engagement with Liberia in its post-Ebola recovery, and will focus on hydro-power generation, energy sector reform, and better road maintenance.
Delivering the Exaltation on the theme: “Born to be destined,” Rev. Dr. Nathaniel N. Zarway, Bishop, Greater Refuge Temple, who drew his texts from the books of Jeremiah 1:5 and Acts 16:36 thanked President Sirleaf for her unique accomplishments even as she celebrates her 77th birth anniversary and prayed for God’s richest blessings as she continues to lead the nation by God’s command. Bishop Zarway told the congregation that: “God has destined President Sirleaf and He will never fail her,” adding, “You will end your mission successfully.”
Special prayers of thanksgiving and intercession were offered President Sirleaf and Vice President Boakai for their rewarding missions and safe return.
The Thanksgiving Service was graced by senior government officials, members of the diplomatic corps, religious leaders and partisans of the ruling Unity Party, well-wishers and ordinary Liberians.