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Birthday without party

The New Dawn Liberia The New Dawn LiberiaPresident Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf has deferred all festivities here, marking her 76th birthday, to focus on the fight against the Ebola Virus Disease that has killed nearly 3,000 Liberians.

During her basic working hours on Wednesday, 29 October 2014, several government officials, including Senators, cabinet members, public and private institutions and prominent individuals paid separate visits to congratulate the Liberian leader in the Cabinet Room of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

In addition to congratulatory messages received, other humanitarian oriented institutions made donations to President Sirleaf to boost government’s fight against the deadly Ebola virus, including a Nissan Ambulance by Guaranty Trust Bank, faucet buckets by BWI Alumni and other anti-Ebola materials.

The Governor of the Central Bank of Liberia, Dr. J. Mills Jones, and top officials of the Central Bank also met the President and presented a birthday package.

Earlier speaking on behalf of a delegation from the Liberian Senate, Grand Kru County Senator Cletus Wotorson, told the President that despite efforts by her administration, there will still be criticisms of her leadership, but pledged the Senate’s commitment. “We will be with you.”

President Sirleaf also received delegations from the Alpha Phi Alpha and Alpha Kapa Alpha Sororities, who recited some birthday messages on pieces of papers and presented a well decorated green-looking cake inscribed with President Sirleaf’s photo.

President Sirleaf thanked all of the delegates and expressed confidence that Liberia will beat Ebola, reaffirming that she decided to dedicate her birthday to working for the Liberian people. She, however, told citizens to keep on the fight and not be overly excited by the decline in infection, expressing hope that very soon; the battle could come to an end.

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