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President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf has lauded the Liberian-Japanese friendship, saying that it has delivered to Liberia.President Sirleaf made the comment when she dedicated Japanese funded projects in Monrovia and Grand Cape Mount County.


Japanese Ambassador Mr. Kaoru Yoshimura, whose government provided the funding for the two bridges at Stockton Creek on Somalia Drive, Montserrado County and Diah Town, Grand Cape Mount County, was with President Sirleaf at the dedication of the two projects on Friday and Saturday, respectively.

Mrs. Sirleaf says the projects will enable residents to travel much better, and expresses happiness to be back in Grand Cape Mount to dedicate the Diah Bridge. The President tells locals in the County that one of the things she looks for when travelling is to see if the people are making farms, noting that she didn’t see too many farms on the road in the county.

“Let me tell you the truth, I didn’t see plenty but maybe after I came, look at the people, I see all of them look so strong, so good, all of them looking so healthy, then I say that they got farm but the farm in back,” Mrs. Sirleaf says.

She thanks the people for helping to keep the peace in the country, stressing that it is one of the most important things, no matter what has been done including building of roads, bridges, schools, hospitals, clinics and providing of water, among others. She says with peace, “we” can do anything, work, go to school and go to clinic when a nation is at peace.

Japanese Ambassador Mr. Kaoru Yoshimura congratulated the Government of Liberia, expressing hope that the bridge in Diah Town will contribute to the social and economic progress of Grand Cape Mount County.

Amb. Yoshimura urges locals in the county maintain and use the bridge so that it benefits them. He uses the event to tell his audience that he is ending his three – year tenure as Japanese Ambassador to Liberia, saying Madam Sirleaf will be remembered.

Earlier, Deputy Internal Affairs Minister Varney Sirleaf says “we were” told in Monrovia that government had squandered the money intended for the project that was being dedicated, clarifying that Ebola broke out here soon as funding for the bridge was remitted, thus stalling the project.

Grand Cape Mount County Senator Edward Dagoseh, in his appreciation to President Sirleaf, notes that you cannot identify a leader by their power, but you identify a leader by the power they give to others. He says the people in Cape Mount have assured him that they utilize the bridge and make farms.

By Winston W. Parley

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