President Ellen Johnson – Sirleaf has commissioned four marine crafts comprising of two tug boats, one pilot boat and one patrol boat at the Port of Greenville in the southeastern county of Sinoe on the third leg of her nationwide farewell tour on Monday, 20 March.
The marine crafts project is being funded through a US$30m Kuwaiti loan agreement and is expected to boost economic activities in the south eastern region, enhance revenue generation and create jobs.
President Sirleaf commissioned the marine crafts inside the port premises hours after visiting the Golden Veroleum Liberia or GVL site in Butaw where company officials announced plans to build palm oil processing mill here that could lead to oil export and creation of more jobs.
Before cutting ribbon to the newly commissioned marine crafts at Greenville Port, Mrs. Sirleaf Sirleaf recognized the work of both the previous and new management of the National Port of Authority or NPA for doing so well.
But she particularly said she was so glad about where the new management has taken Greenville Port, though she said much still needed to be done to make the port number one. Mrs. Sirleaf drew management’s attention to wrecks in water in the port as she openly expressed her displeasure to management. She, however, thanked the NPA board and staffs for support given the management.
NPA Managing Director Mr. David Williams said the purchase of the marine crafts can only spur economic activities in the south eastern region through increased vessels movements, job creation, revenue generation and faster turnaround time vessels.
Mr. Williams said there were other equipment that were expected to be here shortly, including reachstackers, forklifts, log loaders, navigational aids that are being produced for the Port of Greenville. “This is part of the modernization of the port, which is part of the President’s Agenda for Transformation of the Seaport Sector,” Mr. Williams said.
The NPA Boss also thanked the government and people of Kuwait whose partnership with Liberia made the commissioning ceremony possible under the Kuwait loan agreement to purchase the marine crafts. The marine crafts commissioning was graced by Sinoe County Legislative caucus, county officials and other cabinet members that accompanied President Sirleaf on her nationwide farewell tour.
She is touring four counties in the southeast, including Sinoe, Grand Kru, Maryland and River Gee. Mrs. Sirleaf had broken grounds for Sinoe County Community College, and interacted with locals who had lined up in towns and villages along the road from Greenville City to Bilibokree City where a town hall meeting was held.
On the work done at GVL, President Sirleaf said the company did well, but its work was not yet complete until it builds the mill and begins exporting products. President Sirleaf earlier told a town hall meeting in Bilibokree that she was happy that GVL had employed 2000 people, having interacted with locals along the Butaw road that spoke of settling their confusion with GVL and signing a memorandum of understanding.Intercessory services and cultural performances are taking place at various counties visited by the president.
By Winston W. Parley-Edited by Othello B. Garblah