Liberia’s Independence Day which is usually celebrated in grand style on July 26 each year throughout the Country has fallen backward in its usual celebration in the Port City of Greenville, Sinoe County where thousands of Liberians and foreign residents during the past days trooped for observe Liberia’s 168th Independence Day celebration.
President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf who arrived in the City with entourage including foreign dignitaries and government officials has expressed disappointment in the low turnout of citizens for the celebration of the day, despite of the expenditure of huge taxpayers’ monies.
According to our reporter covering the celebration, the Liberian leader made her frustration known when she observed that even the youthful population of the County input was not been noticed since her arrival in the County.
Speaking on the lack of their interest in the celebration, several youth groups of the County confirmed their lack of interest in the celebration and noted that the County authority excluded them in the planning process of the celebration.
The youth groups also linked their lack of interest in the celebration due to the continual detention of their colleagues the management of the Golden Veroleum Liberia entity in the County as a result of a recent disturbance on the plantation of the company.
In a related development, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf on Thursday dedicated a guest house and a two-story multipurpose office building as part of several independence day projects at the Samuel A. Russ Port of Greenville in Sinoe County.
The Liberian leader also dedicated a warehouse, a concrete wire fencing project along the port shores and ocean front as well as a building containing the monitors of a Close Circuit Television (CCTV) intended to enhance port security.
The projects, according to the Manager of the National Port Authority (NPA), David Williams, are intended to enhance port operations as well as provide quality services for port users and generate revenue to boost the economy.
Williams put the total cost of the projects at over $US 300,000, and assured President Sirleaf that the projects will boost economic activities, attract more investors and encourage companies already operating in Sinoe to invest more.
He also thanked the Liberian leader for the support and confidence reposed in the management of the NPA, noting, “with such support the leadership of the NPA will continue to provide tangible results that will bring economic benefits to Liberia.”
The 625 acre Samuel A. Russ Port of Greenville is the third largest contributor in terms of revenue generation next to the ports of Monrovia and Buchannan, and serves as a point of transaction for several international companies including Golden Veroleum Liberia (GVL).
The port was ruined as a result of the civil crisis, a situation which stalled economic activities at the Port of Sinoe County, but with the current NPA management team, it is not only seeing a gradual improvement in vessel traffic but also restoring economic hope to the people of the county.