Citizens of the Township of Owensgrove in Lower Grand Bassa County were the proud recipients of a hand pump constructed by the Management of Firestone Liberia as part of the company’s Community Outreach Program.
Speaking at the dedicatory ceremony on Monday, May 25, 2009, the Public Affairs Manager of Firestone Liberia, Mr. G. Rufus Karmorh, noted that “this turning over ceremony of this hand pump is therefore significant in terms of our partnership.”
He reminded the gathering that it was not the first time for Firestone Liberia to undertake projects in the township. According to Mr. Karmorh, the company had earlier constructed and installed hand pumps for the use of residents of that community.
He disclosed that Firestone Liberia was also involved in the roofing of the Owensgrove Public School some times ago following a heavy storm that damaged the facilities of the institution.
He also disclosed that Firestone Liberia has also facilitated the provision of some implements for a clean-up campaign in the district. Mr. Karmorh further reaffirmed that Firestone Liberia will continue to be an active partner in the socio-economic development of Liberia stressing that “as I turn this key over, I urge the citizens to handle this handpump with a high degree of community participation and protection for the future up keep and maintenance.”
Accepting the keys of the hand pump, the Commissioner of Owensgrove District, Mr. Isaac Paytoe thanked the Management of Firestone Liberia for constructing the hand pump and buttressed earlier call by the youth and women representatives for Firestone Liberia to assist in the process of roofing the only market building in the area.
According to Commissioner Paytoe, since the roof of the market building was damaged, citizens of Owensgrove, especially the women, have been finding it difficult to take their goods to distant places for sale.
He called on the Management of Firestone Liberia to continue to work with citizens of Owensgrove in meeting some of their pressing development needs, noting that “we’ll always be in constructive contact with Firestone for it to help us develop our community.”
Mr. Paytoe further praised the company for the numerous contributions it has and continues to make towards the development of Owensgrove District aimed at improving the livelihood of its citizens.
“We hope that Firestone Liberia will continue to keep up this good partnership for the betterment of our people” the Owensgrove District Commissioner asserted. Also in attendance were the Community Affairs Superintendent of Firestone Liberia, Mr. Eric Mensah and the Staff Supervisor of the Water and Sanitation Department, Mr. Moses Coker.
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