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Prez. Sirleaf warns Liberians against vandalism

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The Liberian Leader, President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf
The Liberian Leader, President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf

( 22, 2015)-President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf is calling on Liberians to refrain from the act of destruction and put the interest of their country first above personal interest.

“Unless the Liberian people stop this, we are defeating ourselves by doing things like that,” the President said.

President Sirleaf said: “Liberians, please change and work with your government and stop such behavior because it sends a negative signal to our donors.”

She made the remarks at the Roberts International Airport (RIA) upon arrival from the United States, Tuesday, April 21, 2015.

“It is very discouraging to us; it is discouraging to the partners and it takes away from the effort that we all want to make Liberia a better place. The Liberian Leader said”

“It could discourage them from supporting development efforts with the notion that projects supported by them will be vandalized, President Sirleaf emphasized,” she said.

President Sirleaf expressed optimism and high expectation of more international support to regional post Ebola recovery plans of the worst-affected countries.

While in the United States, President Sirleaf, along with her Guinean and Sierra Leonean counterparts, Alpha Conde and Ernest Koroma, presented their regional recovery plans to the World Bank and international partners.

President Sirleaf said the World Bank Group’s recent commitment of US$650m is evidenced that more support will follow to realize the target of the affected countries. 

The remaining amount, according to her, will be determined shortly.

The three worst-affected Ebola countries, Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone, are targeting about US$ 8.8billion to support the recovery programs for the next two years.

“It includes commitments already made by bilateral and multilateral partners to programs that fit within those regional programs,” President Sirleaf said.

“But we do expect that there will be some money as evident by the 650 million pledged by the World bank Group and others that will be pledged,” the President said.

“The additional amount will be determined when we’ve sat down and done our numbers and met with our partners,”

The President said it is disheartening that while Government is soliciting international support to rebuild the country, Liberians will get involved in destruction.

The just ended World Bank sponsored Summit in the United States on the Post Ebola Reconstruction Plans of worst-affected countries, was attended by representatives from several international financial institutions, including the IMF.


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