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Liberians jubilate Prez. Sirleafs birth anniversary

By Patrick Flomo
President Sirleaf cuting ribbon to the Omega Market Clinic, as part of activities marking her 75th birth celebrations.
President Sirleaf cuting ribbon to the Omega Market Clinic, as part of activities marking her 75th birth celebrations.

(mylbsonline.com/Liberia/ Oct.30/2013) Jubilations continued across Monrovia Tuesday as part of activities that marked the 75th anniversary of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.

The celebration began with a Thanksgiving service at the Centennial Memorial Pavilion on Broad Street, where prayers for improved health and long life were offered President Johnson-Sirleaf.

Delivering the sermon at the service, a female American prelate, Dr. Ellin Flick, described the Liberian President as a visionary Leader being used by God to redeem her people from destruction.

She compared the Liberian Leader to the biblical Deborah who triumphed over evil to deliver the people of Israel from evil forces.

At the Monrovia City Hall, a program organized by the Gender Ministry was held in honor of the Liberian children.

Meanwhile, ground breaking ceremonies for the construction of a modern market complex took place early Tuesday afternoon at the former Omega Navigation Station site in Paynesville, outside the Liberian Capital, Monrovia.

The Johnson-Sirleaf led administration is poised to construct a modern multi-purpose market facility at the site very soon.

When constructed, the new market will accommodate the thousands of marketers currently doing random selling of local and, imported goods and services in the Paynesville “Red-Light” area.   

The construction of the proposed modern market at the site has been the “dream” of President Johnson-Sirleaf since the onset of her Presidency.

Marketers at the Red-light market will be transferred to the modern Market facilities immediately upon completion.

The site of the proposed market was named “Omega” after the former United States run Omega Navigation Station in Liberia.

The Omega Navigation Station was established in the country at the onset of World War II to provide intelligence for use by the US and its allied forces to enable them adequately deal with any threats from Germany and its supporting military forces.

After the war, America continued operating the facility in Liberia for many years, but later decided to abandon same perhaps due to its un-usefulness.

Following years of its abandonment, however, the security-related tower, used for the provision of intelligence at the station, was demolished in 2012 by the Liberian Government to give way to the construction of the high-profiled market structures. 

 


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