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Government breaks silence on Woods resignation

By Jacob Parley
Former Public Works Minister, Samuel Kofi Woods
Former Public Works Minister, Samuel Kofi Woods

(, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, has for the first time commented on the resignation of Public Works Minister, Samuel Kofi Woods.

According to President Johnson-Sirleaf, Minister Woods resigned to revive the Justice and Peace Commission (JPC) in Monrovia.

Prior to his appointment as Public Works Minister, Mr. Woods served as Labor Minister, having earlier worked with the JPC.
She said: “Mr. Woods had assured me of his commitment to working for the development of Liberia.”

The Liberian President made the clarification Monday, July 1, 2013 when she appeared on her regular monthly Program, “Conversation with the President” on ELBC radio in Paynesville near Monrovia.

Meanwhile, Government noted: “We still enjoy cordial relations with the United States Government and people, contrary to speculations of sour relations between the two countries.”

“While it is true that President Barack Obama has not visited Liberia since his ascendency to the US Presidency, such does not mean Liberia and America have fallen apart,” the President also added.

She said: “While I look forward to President Obama’s visit to Liberia, Liberians should also understand that there are other countries that need his presence.”

The Liberian Leader is, however, calling on Liberians to equally desist from practices that have the propensity of scaring away visitors.

“While people have their rights to comment on national issues, the approach used could send out the wrong signal to the international community,” President Johnson-Sirleaf further noted.


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