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Prez. Sirleafs statue erected at UN Garden of Nations

By Patrick Flomo
President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf
President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf

(mylbsonline.com/Liberia)-A statute has been erected in honor of President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf at the Garden of Nations at the UN University of Peace in San Jose, Costa Rica.

The Garden of Nations is a United Nations Mandated University for peace that honors individuals who have contributed to the sustenance of peace in their country, region or world peace.

Addressing a news conference Monday, September 16, 2013 in Monrovia, the Chairperson of the Steering Committee of the ‘Put Ma Ellen There’ project team, Cornelia Kruah, said: “The project was initiated by the youth of Liberia.”

Miss Kruah said: “We recommended three names with their profiles, including Ambassador George Weah, Peace Laureate, Leymah Gbowee, and President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf for the honor.”

“President Johnson-Sirleaf was, however, selected by the United Nations Peace Garden,” she also noted.

“The Monument will be unveiled September 30, 2013 with elaborate programs in Costa Rica, and that several youth from Liberia are expected to attend the ceremony,” Miss Kruah also added.

The Project Steering Committee Chairperson said: “The unveiling ceremony will form part of the President’s State Visit to Costa Rica later September, 2013.

According to an Executive Mansion release, the Liberian Leader will visit Costa Rica after attending the UN General Assembly in New York.

“Two of the project Advisors, along with thirteen of its members, will for part of the honoree’s delegation to the unveiling program,” the release further noted.

The release added: “The team will also have the opportunity to represent the youth of Liberia at the UN General Assembly.”

Earlier addressing the news conference, Youth and Sports Minister, Eugene Nagbe said: “I am proud of the youth, because they fostered an idea and worked diligently to see it come to a successful end.”

“I was inspired to know that there are young people in Liberia who are focused on positive things,” Minister Nagbe emphasized.

Meanwhile, Minister Nagbe has commended the youth for their initiative to honor the Liberian Leader.

The youth honored the President for her contributions to peace, stability and reconciliation in the country and in the Mano River Union’s sub-region.

The ‘Put Ma Ellen There’ Project officially commenced in September, 2012 when 15 young people representing Liberia’s 15 counties met the Liberian President and informed her of their plan to erect a bust in her honor at the Garden of Nations.

The Garden of Nations is located at the UN’s University of Peace in Costa Rica.

The project was officially launched October 2012 with a basketball and dance extravaganza at the Monrovia Young Men Christian Association (YMCA).    
  
Meanwhile, Youth and Sports Minister, Eugene Nagbe, has commended the youth for their initiative to honor the Liberian Leader for her contributions to peace, stability and reconciliation in the country and in the Mano River Union (MRU) sub-region.

 


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