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Liberias Independence fete poorly attended-Sinoe youths alarm

Arthur Douglas/Joseph T. Koon

( 25, 2015)-Reports from Sinoe County say the momentum of Liberia’s 168th Independence celebration in that county is said to be poor.

Sinoe County Representative to the Mano River Youth Parliament, Melvin Saah, attributed the poor turn-out in this year’s July 26 celebration to the exclusion of youths in the preparation process.

He emphasized:”Poor coordination between youths and local authorities was a key contributing factor to the poor turn-out of Sinoe citizens and other well-wishers.”

At the same time, Sinoe Youth Association President, Roland Sneh, said: “Youths of the county were not happy because their kinsmen were still in jail in connection with the recent Butaw violence.”

The youth group made the assertions Thursday, July 23, 2015 in a brief interaction with President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf at the Multi-Purpose Youth Center in Greenville.

The Sinoe County youths, however, thanked President Sirleaf for the Youth Center valued at over three-hundred thousand United States Dollars.

They appealed to the Liberian Leader to equip the area with modern facilities to enhance the smooth running of the center. Responding, President Sirleaf said:

“The rest of the country is happy to join Sinoe citizens in celebrating the Independence Day.”Though the President acknowledged with great concern the views expressed by the Sinoe youths, she urged them to put aside their differences and work together to make the celebration a joyful one.

In a related development, the Post and Telecommunications Ministry has installed a modern computer laboratory at the Sinoe Multilateral High School in Greenville as part of the July 26 celebration.

Post & Telecommunications Minister, Frederick Norkeh said: “Similar facility has been set up in Barclayville, Grand Kru County and the William V.S. Tubman High School in Monrovia, respectively.

Minister Norkeh said each facility costs over thirty thousand United States Dollars, 

“The project is part of government’s efforts to make access to internet affordable to people across Liberia,” he said.

At the same time, Sinoe County Assistant Development Superintendent Sneh Johnson has denounced reports of ethnic strife among the people of the county.
Mr. Johnson said:“The people of Sinoe have for a long time coexisted without ethnic confrontations.”

He assured that the unity amongst his people will be proven by the successful hosting of the Independence Anniversary celebration.

Mr. Johnson described the reports as false and misleading.

The Sinoe Development Superintendent, however, disclosed that county officials interact with their people regularly to avoid a recurrence of past ethnic and religious intolerance amongst them.


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