Ellen Begins South-Eastern Tour
President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and members of her Cabinet will this weekend kick off a week-long visit to southeastern Liberia, beginning with a stopover in Maryland County on Saturday, February 2728.
The President and delegation arrive in the county's capital, Harper, Saturday morning, to participate in a special convocation marking the inauguration of Dr. Elizabeth Davis-Russell as the first President of the William V. S. Tubman University, formerly the Tubman Technical College. The President will also dedicate the University.
While in Maryland County, the President will dedicate and inspect a number of development projects. She will dedicate the newly renovated Harper City Hall, the Harper-Kablaken Road, the Disaster Management Warehouse of the Liberia National Red Cross, and the Manolu Public School on the outskirts of Harper.
The President will inspect ongoing renovation of the Bonike-Yobloke Road in Bonike. At Wuluken Town, President Sirleaf will break ground for several ADP-funded projects five schools and two health centers with Wuluken representing the groundbreaking for all five schools. The President and her delegation will depart for River Gee County on Sunday, February 28, for the second leg of her tour of the southeast.
The President and her Cabinet will hold the first session of their Retreat in Fish Town on Monday, March 1. However, the dedication of several development projects will dominate the visit to River Gee. The projects include the Administration Building in Gbeapo District, Kanweaken City (its construction funded through the County Development Fund at a cost of US$41,758); the Gbeapo-Kanweaken General Market (funded by UNDP); the Gbeapo-Geeken Elementary School (with US$63,845 donated by a Peace Corps Volunteer to the Liberia Education Trust and constructed by LACE); a Sub-Police Station in Kanweaken City (an UNMIL Quick Impact project which cost US$24,900); and the Administrative Building, Chedepo District, Jarkaken City(its construction funded through the County Development Fund at a cost of US$42,772).
The President will also view the new site being cleared for the Fish Town Sports Ground and Work Camp. A visit to the Putu Mining Site, located midway between River Gee and Grand Gedeh, is also part of the President's itinerary. The President and her delegation will arrive in Zwedru, capital of Grand Gedeh County, Monday evening.
The Cabinet will continue its Retreat all day Tuesday, March 2, in Zwedru, with the President also expected to visit disaster-affected areas. The visit to Grand Gedeh will include meetings with citizens and officials of the county, among them, chiefs, traditional leaders, market women, women's groups, and the Mandingo and Nimba communities, among others.
The President and Cabinet ministers will dedicate and tour a number of development projects. On day 3 in the county, activities will include: the naming of a road in honor of a former Deputy Minister of Planning, the late Alfred Dennis; a tour of the Administration Building; dedication of the Agricultural Building; tours of the CARR Center for Youth Empowerment and the Zwedru Multilateral High School Technical Department. The President will also break ground and spearhead a fundraiser for the construction of a transport union complex in Zwedru.
The President's visit to Zwedru will include, on day 4 in Grand Gedeh County, tours of the Tubman Palace of Corrections; an un-reconditioned post office structure; a branch of the LBDI Bank; the Zwedru Central Market; the Civil Compound; the Tiyatien Health Center/Office and the Martha Tubman Memorial Hospital.
The Liberian leader and officials will also visit the Gboliken District Commissioner Compound, compounds of the Paramount Chiefs of Zia Town and Pour Town; a bridge bordering Liberia and Côte d'Ivoire; and dedicate the B'hai Paramount Chief Compound.