President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has commended the unity of the people of the St. Paul Bridge Community that led to the completion of a development project, describing it as “an act of the spirit of cooperation.”
According to an Executive Mansion release, the Liberian leader made the remarks when she officially dedicated the newly-constructed St. Paul Bridge Community Hall at the weekend on Bushrod Island. “It is a great honor for me because you have come together in the spirit of cooperation,” the President said. She said the coming together of community people, local authorities, lawmakers and others is “a good thing to do, because when everyone is working together in the spirit of cooperation, good things happen.” The Liberian leader said, already she has started discussing something meaningful about bringing development to the people that will make them happy, to encourage other people to bring development to their communities. She said with “God being very good to Liberia, as a result of your prayers,” she was appealing to all citizens in the various communities to learn how to respect their leaders, despite their disagreements. President Sirleaf appealed to Liberians everywhere to learn how be strong, courageous and to love their country and desist from saying negative things about their country, even if non-Liberians were in the business of doing so. “Be strong, be courageous and love your country,” she stressed. Speaking earlier, Montserrado County Superintendent Florence Brandy said the gathering of the people for the purpose of dedicating the St. Paul Bridge 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 closer to the people. She said explained that late completion of the project was a result of the deadly Ebola Virus Disease outbreak and delays in receiving allotted funding for development from the Ministry of Finance. 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 remarks, Montserrado County Representative Edward Forh extolled President Sirleaf for her continued assistance to the people of District No. 16 and the people of Montserrado County. He called on the people of Montserrado County, especially the residents of District No.16, to take ownership of the newly-constructed Hall. He commended President Sirleaf for the level of roads constructed and other development initiatives in the District and its neighborhoods.