Norwegian Crown Prince Haakon, says as Liberia goes to elections, “our”expectations are that the elections would be orderly, peaceful and transparent to pave the way for a smooth transition.
He made the comment in a press stake out on Wednesday afternoon,5 April with Liberian Deputy Foreign Minister Mr. Elias Shoniyin in the Foyer of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Monrovia at the end of his assessment visit here.
Crown Prince Haakon said the main purpose of his visit here was to assess the development agenda and sustainable growth of the country, adding that he enjoyed very much to see the Mount Coffee Hydro power Plant operational.
He expressed confidence that the Plant would benefit many people here, provide street lights and connect homes and businesses. Prince Haakon said the coming on of Mount Coffeen Hydro power Plant was a result of cooperation of friendly countries,including Norway.
After meeting with President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf ahead of thepress stakeout, the Norwegain Crown applauded Madam Sirleaf and her government’s dedicated leadership.
On the pending elections, he stressed the importance of givingmore support to women, and further encouraged registered voters to turn out and vote come October.
Having met with a cross section of Liberians, including students of the University of Liberia, young entrepreneurs, health workers and women leaders, Prince Haakon said he was impressed by what he saw here.
He narrated how he saw a 27-year-old female Liberian entrepreneur, who has employed 50 persons at her business, mostly fellow females. The Norwegian Prince said he did visit the Redemption Hospital in New Kru Town and he was impressed by what the health workers are doing there, though he said a lot could still be done.
Prince Haakon said he also met with the health team that worked during the Ebola crisis here, describing them as heroes who walked door to door during the crisis. Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister Shoniyin cited Norway’s support and contribution to Liberia in different areas, including energy, security, particularly a cash contribution made here to help Liberia preserves its forest.
On behalf of government, Mr. Shoniyin appreciated Crown Prince Haakon for the visitand the time spent here, and wished him very well on his way back toNorway.
By Winston W. Parley-Editing by Jonathan Browne