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Prez Johnson-Sirleaf Takes Poverty Reduction Strategy to the People

n an effort to explain government’s Poverty Reduction Strategy (PRS) and to generate mass support, President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf Monday began her “County-Council Meeting” by engaging residents of the St.

Pres. Johnson Sirleaf and grou of women

Pres. Johnson Sirleaf and grou of women

Paul River District in Montserrado County. The district comprises several townships, including Caldwell, Millsburgs, Roseville, Cheesemanburg, Virginia, Brewerville, Clay Ashland Island, among others.

During the meeting, President Johnson-Sirleaf told the residents that government’s partners have endorsed the PRS, as such, it was important for her to meet with them to discuss what they think about the strategy, what they want done in their communities and how they can contribute towards the success of the process.
The meeting was held at Brewerville Town Hall, outside Monrovia.
She told the residents that the PRS was anchored on four pillars–consolidating peace and security, revitalizing the economy, strengthening governance and the rule of law and rebuilding infrastructure and delivering basic services.
These pillars, she said, are intended to develop Liberia and improve the living conditions of its citizens.
The Liberian leader, however, pointed out that in order for the government to successfully implement the PRS, every Liberian has to play a part by contributing towards the process.
President Johnson-Sirleaf also told the gathering that the Western cluster of the country’s mining sector would soon begin operation so as to create jobs for Liberia, revealing that Bong Mines would be opened at the end of this year.
On the details, she said government was currently looking at the Wologisi, Cape Mount and Putu mountains to create more jobs for Liberians saying, “all of these mountains would begin operation by next year.”
Touching on agriculture, the Liberian leader said government has signed concession agreements with some companies to carryout mechanized farming to ensure that Liberia achieves food security.
Commenting on infrastructure, Johnson-Sirleaf said government is committed to rehabilitate roads in the country so as to ensure that farmers get their products to the market.
During the meeting, most of the residents called on government to improve various roads, bridges and establish health facilities in their communities.
They commended President Johnson-Sirleaf for taking the PRS home to their various communities, as an effective way of soliciting their input and participation.
Editor’s Note: Jimmey C. Fahngon is The Liberian Journal’s Correspondent based in Liberia.

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