Turkey Gives 20 Buses to MCC


The Turkish government through its development arm, the Turkey Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA), has donated 20 buses to the Monrovia City Corporation (MCC).
Two of the buses are ambulances to be used in the health sector. TIKA West African Director, Onur Gez made the disclosure on Monday when he hosted the president and secretary of Liberian students in Turkey, Momolu Dorley and Sam Sumo, along with Bilgi University Scholar Alexander Mulbah.
Director Gez said the buses will be in Liberia in mid-August, but noted that three personnel from the MCC have already undergone training in Istanbul on the handling and maintenance of the buses.
TIKA’s assistance to Liberia comes on the heels of its US$200,000 worth of medical supplies donated in January as contribution to combat the scourge of Ebola.
TIKA’s Ebola assistance was prompted after the president of the Liberian students in Turkey, Momolu Dorley and fellow students, Edna Peterson, and Varlee Sesay, wrote the Turkish Government pleading for assistance to the Government of Liberia in combating the deadly Ebola virus disease (EVD).
Gez affirmed the Turkish Government’s commitment to Liberia’s recovery from the Ebola crisis and to its post Ebola rehabilitation.
Meanwhile, Liberian students in Turkey will be hosting this year’s Independence Day celebrations under the theme, “Building Bridge between Turkey and Liberia.” The students are gathering in Ankara for this year’s festival. The itinerary includes, a ball night on Friday – which will be graced by other Africans in Turkey.
According to the itinerary, Sylivan Boakai, Jo Robester Yengbe, and Chukudihno Browne, will lead the Liberian team in soccer encounter with their Nigerian counterparts on Sunday, at 6 p.m., Turkish time.
On Monday, 27 July, the formal program will be held and attended by prominent figures in Turkey. Turkey head for West African Affairs, Mustafa Cumhur Ozkan, will serve as keynote speaker.
Moise Kerekou, Benin Ambassador to Turkey, Enor Wilson, head of Nigerians in Turkey, and Ali Kurt, representative of the Presidency for Turks Abroad and Related Communities, are expected to grace the occasion.


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