The Norwegian government through the Liberia and Sierra Leone Country Director of Mission Alliance, Rune A. Oyogard, has disclosed its continued desire to support the development of Liberia.
Addressing the press at the ongoing 10 years of development impact celebration of the United Methodist Church-Liberia Annual Conference through its Department of Community Services, Mr. Oyogard stressed the need to continue the support to Liberia, considering the political transition and the objective of the Mission Alliance in Africa.
Mission Alliance is the institution that the Norwegian government is working through to extend assistance to African countries such as Liberia, Zimbabwe and Sierra Leone with the aim of improving lives, reducing bad living conditions and sharing Biblical faith.
“When Mission Alliance enters any country, we go with a long-term objective based on the circumstances; therefore we can say that we will be here for a long time,” the Mission Alliance Country Director said.
The Norwegian contributions through the United Methodist Church Department of Community Services include the construction of bridges, schools and health centers in the 15 counties of Liberia.
One of its health centers is expected to be dedicated on Thursday, November 8, in Gorblee-Compound #3, Grand Bassa County.
“This journey of lifting Liberia out of the critical state of low growth began in 2008 through gender empowerment, education, water, sanitation and hygiene, health, agriculture and other components of advancement, thus giving rise to the ten years of achievement celebration in Buchanan,” Oyogard indicated.
The occasion held under the theme: “Changing our Communities Through Sustainable Development and Partnership,” brought together the heads of Sierra Leone and Zimbabwe Community Services, Grand Bassa lawmaker Senator Jonathan Kaipay who served as Keynote Speaker, the Special Assistant to the Methodist Bishop and other members of the Norway delegation.
The anniversary is branded as one that seeks to endeavor deeper, higher and explore key analysis of projects impacts in the three countries as partners, church leaders and state actors gather.
In his keynote address, Senator Kaipay encouraged the Ministry of Education to live up to the MOU signed years ago calling for the Liberian government to provide instructors for Methodist-operated schools across the nation.
He added: “If the CDC Agenda must be counted on, the schools must have good teachers and hospitals must be equipped and with qualified medical practitioners and supplies.”
Sen. Kaipay lauded the Methodist Team and the people of Norway for transforming lives over the years and connecting the citizens through bridge construction and buttressing the government’s education program.
Meanwhile, the Methodist Resident Bishop of the Liberia Annual Conference, Dr. Samuel J. Quire, has joined other Methodist Bishops in Council for the holistic handling of their church affairs in the world.