By C. Winnie Saywah Jimmy & Morrison O.G. Sayon in Sinoe County
The activities befitting the usual celebrations of Liberia’s Independence Day have kicked off in Greenville, Sinoe County but on an unusual low momentum.
There has been no traditional welcome ceremony with the presentation of cola nuts or lineup of chiefs, students and residents of the county.
According to County Education Officer at the recent consultations held on the closure of schools across the county, schools in Sinoe were still opened awaiting the July 31 closure date but that seems the contrary as there was hardly anyone in schools or seen in uniforms upon the President and team’s visit at dedication sites.
Following her tour to several facilities including the hospital, market, playground, youth center and the Sinoe Multilateral High School, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf expressed dismay regarding the low momentum of the residents.
At the Youth Center ribbon cutting ceremony yesterday, President Sirleaf was curious to know why the residents were not in high spirit as it had been in other counties.
Residents of the county who were mainly the young people could hardly address the President’s inquiry instead spoke about the lack of proper educational facilities as some factors that have hampered their academic growth.
while others blamed the county’s authority for not liaising with the youths regarding the planning of the activities because youths in Tartueh were building bridges using their hands and have refused to partake in any county project that would entail building of bridges.
Others informed the President that they are still unhappy about the arrest of their colleagues following the riot at the Golden Veroleum Plantation in Butaw in May.
When Superintendent Romeo Quiah was referred to for comments by the President, he could neither deny nor accept the claims made by the youths.
Meanwhile, President Sirleaf will tomorrow fete children at the playground while the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection has begun the process by providing them with shoes and boots ahead of the celebration.
On Thursday, the Liberian leader along with Chief Justice, His Honor Francis Korkpor dedicated the Johnnie N. Lewis Judicial Complex, the Superintendent’s residence, the Executive Guest House near the refurbished Presidential Palace in Greenville.
Liberia’s 167th Independence Day celebration last year should’ve been held in Sinoe and Grand Kru counties that remain this year’s hosts of the 168th celebration but this was aborted as a result of the bad road conditions as well as the delay in the completion of major projects in both counties.
The 168th Independence celebration began with an investiture ceremony last week Friday in Monrovia, activities in the host counties officially started on Thursday when the President dedicated several other projects in Sinoe. President Sirleaf is expected to go to Grand Kru County today to continue the celebration with the dedication of several other projects in that far away county.
The President and her entourage will attend an intercessory service hosted by the Muslim Council of Liberia before returning to Greenville, Sinoe County for the official celebration of this year’s Independence Day celebration.
The Liberian leader admonished citizens of the county to properly maintain projects that are being turned over as part of Government’s developmental initiatives.
Madam Sirleaf said the dedication of the 3rd Circuit Judicial Complex in Greenville is a clear manifestation that her administration is serious about developing the country. She warned residents of the county against any act of encroachment on the land that was purchased for the construction of a Judicial Complex in Greenville.
Madam Sirleaf reminded the citizens that if there is any grievance, they must seek the legal means in addressing their problem.
Liberians across the country will on Monday celebrate their 186th Independence Day celebration in Greenville, Sinoe County. This year’s Independence Day Orator is former Liberian Ambassador to the United States, Amb. Charles Minor.