President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has dedicated her recently won Global Champion Award to all doctors and nurses who fought hard to contain the deadly Ebola virus in the country.
President Sirleaf who returned to the country following a successful official visit to Germany and New York where she addressed the United Nations, dedicated the award to the doctors, nurses and the Liberian people for their resilience and courage to have battled the virus that claimed over 4,000 lives in Liberia and devastated the nation’s economy and the fabric of the Liberian society.
Speaking yesterday at the Roberts International Airport in Margibi County upon her return, the Liberian leader described her trip to Germany and the US as successful adding that the trip was much more than rewarding.
Madam Sirleaf disclosed that during her visit to the United States, the Minister of Finance, Amara Konneh on behalf of the Liberian Government signed a two-year compact agreement with the US Government as an assistance package to Liberia.
The Chief Executive furthered that the United States Government provided US$256.7 as grant to the Liberian Government. The grant was recently approved by the Obama administration.
The Millennium Challenge Compact (MCC) will implement and oversee development initiatives under the agreement. The Millennium Challenge Compact is an agreement entered between the Government of Liberia and the US Government.
The grant is intended to be used on key infrastructural development initiatives including energy sector, road maintenance, among others. The grant will enable government fund the fourth turbine of Mount Coffee Power Plant and raise its capacity to over 80 million megawatts.
President Sirleaf who upon her return attended a Thanksgiving Service for her safe return at the All Saints Catholic Church in Unification City, Margibi County called on Liberians to work together for the betterment of the country.
She reminded the citizens that no one can build or develop their nation if Liberians themselves cannot protect and develop their country. She again described her three weeks trip abroad as very successful and called on Liberians to always give glory to God in whatsoever they do.
In a brief sermon, the pastor of the St. Pius Parish of Harbe, Rev. Monsignor Dr. Gabriel BlamoJubwe called on Liberians to reexamine their commitment to their nation. Dr. Jubwe said while it is good to criticize, Liberians must also recognize the good things being done in the country.
President Sirleaf becomes the second winner of the prestigious Global Champion Award for her courage, leadership, integrity and wisdom in the overall fight against the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD).
President Sirleaf ranks second to former U.S. Secretary of State, Hilary Clinton who bagged the award for the first time in 2013. President Sirleaf was conferred the Award by the medical organization, International Medical Corps, an INGO involved in the provision of comprehensive care and resources to people diagnosed of Ebola in Bong and Margibi Counties.
While receiving the award in the United States, President Sirleaf at the time paid tribute to the communities for showing the leadership and taking ownership in demonstrating the zeal to serve as first responder in the midst of the epidemic. She saluted the communities for putting their country first especially at a time when Liberia was confronted with an unknown plague.