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As Liberia turns 166, Prez. Sirleaf dedicates facilities

By Patrick Flomo

( Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf has officially dedicated three facilities in parts of Montserrado County.

The dedicatory ceremony, held over the week-end, is in continuation of celebrations marking Liberia’s 166th Independence Anniversary.

At the occasion, President Johnson-Sirleaf renewed her commitment to girl’s education throughout the country.

According to an Executive Mansion release, the three facilities include the YMCA Girls’ Hostel in Congo Town, a science building on the Bromley Mission in Clay Ashland, and a girls’ dormitory at Ricks Institute in Virginia.

At separate dedicatory programs, President Johnson-Sirleaf said: “My administration will continue forming partnership with international organizations to give the girl child an opportunity to develop and prepare for future challenges.”

“I believe this can only be done through quality education,” the President said.

The YMCA Girls’ Hostel’s beneficiaries are way-ward girls taken off the various streets of Liberian cities by the Gender Ministry under the “Save Our Future Project.”

It can be recalled that the Save Our Future Project was widely criticized by some Liberians accusing government of “infringing” on the rights of young girls by gathering them from night clubs and placing them in “confinement.”

The Liberian Leader, nevertheless, emphasized: “I will never hesitate in my quest to transform the girl child and I want Liberians who once criticized the initiative bear witness to the transformation these girls are going through.”

President Johnson-Sirleaf then inspected the newly renovated hostel, interacted with the beneficiaries and dedicated the facility in honor of all women.

In response, the YMCA National Secretary, Rosaline Tower, thanked the Liberian Leader for yet another step in restoring women’s dignity.

Madam Tower challenged the beneficiaries not to waste the opportunity given them, rather they should see it as a real transformation in their lives.

At the Bromley Mission, an all girls’ school, the President added: “Government would like to see the facility’s expansion to increase the intake yearly.”

“Vulnerable girls could now find place to develop themselves,” President Johnson-Sirleaf noted while expressing joy at the dedication of the Christie Hall Girls’ dormitory at Ricks Institute in Virginia.


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