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Liberian President Receives Irish Ambassador

President Weah and Irish Ambassador.
Monrovia, Liberia – President George Manneh Weah has received in audience Ambassador Catherine Campbell, Ambassador of Ireland to Liberia. The Irish Envoy was accompanied by Ms. Fionnuala Gilsenan, Director of Africa Development of Foreign Affairs and Trade. .
The Liberian leader received Ambassador Campbell on Wednesday, May 2, 2018 when she paid a courtesy call on him at his Foreign Ministry’s Office in Monrovia where they discussed major development issues between both countries. The meeting was characterized by mutual exchange of ideas and cooperation between both countries and peoples.
The Irish Ambassador was escorted to President Weah’s Office by the Hon. Minister of State for Presidential Affairs Hon. Nathaniel McGill.

President Weah Performs First Brick-Laying for Construction of 14-Military Hospital

Monrovia, Liberia: President George Manneh Weah has performed the first set of brick-laying for the construction the 14-Military Hospital barely one month after he broke ground for his first milestone project as President of Liberia.
The Liberian leader practically mixed sand with crush rocks and cement before he shoveled the mortar in the foundation to lay the bricks.
The 14-Military Hospital, which reminisces the number ’14 Jersey’ President Weah wore when he played for Invincible Eleven (I.E.) and the National Football Team, Lone Star, is the first to be built in the country. It will exclusively serve members of the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL) and Para-military personnel in the country.
Speaking at the brick-laying ceremony on Wednesday, May 3, 2018 held at the Edward Binyah Kesselly Military Barrack in Margibi County, President Weah said the government was fully prepared to playing its part in ensuring the completion of the project. The Liberian leader equally challenged members of the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL) to play their part in ensuring the smooth implementation of the project.
The over 200-bedroom Hospital, which is being constructed by the Engineering Battalion of the AFL, will have the best medical equipment, according to the President, as well as a specialized Teaching Facility to train medical personnel into specialized fields.
It can be recalled that President Weah on Monday, March 26, 2018 broke ground for the hospital project for the men and women in arms whom he said endure difficulties in getting treatment at private or public medical facilities in the country.
The official brick-laying event was also graced by high ranking officers of the AFL including the Minister of the Ministry of National Defense, Daniel D. Ziankhan, Chief of Staff, Major General Prince C. Johnson, among others.

President Weah Assures Fire Service of Logistics; Salutes Firefighters

Monrovia, Liberia:  President George Manneh Weah has assured his government’s commitment to supporting the Liberia National Fire Service (LNFS) in becoming effective and efficient, and declared that the government would provide five fire trucks to enhance its operations.
The Liberian President also saluted the men and women in the service for their selfless sacrifices and bravery they continue to demonstrate to save the lives of those in danger.
President Weah spoke Friday, May 04, 2018 at the Barclay Training Center (BTC) during the observance of International Fire Fighters Day organized by the Liberia National Fire Service.
He recounted how firefighters are often exposed to great danger and suffer grave injuries anytime they are called upon to their ultimatesacrifice in the line of duty.
“They are trained to run towards danger, which does not only take bravery and courage, but also requires selfless commitment to assist others who are in danger of injury or death.”
According to President Weah, the enormity and complexity of the duties of fire fighters demand that they are accorded the highest respect. He said firefighters can only be up to task when they are trained and equipped – especially endeavoring to do their best with the little they have.
“We are aware of the challenges the Liberia National Fire Service face; the most glaring is the lack of serviceable and modern fire equipment, such as fire trucks,” the President noted. “What is obvious is the lack of training opportunities and facilities,” the President added.
President Weah said such inadequacies and deficiencies are a result of national budgetary constraints. However, he pledged to exert every effort to address the situation as the budget will allow – to make the Service more effective and professional.
He then called on the leadership of the National Fire Service to undertake initiatives and to reach out to friendly governments and organizations for assistance instead of looking up to the government alone.
Meanwhile, President Weah was also honored by the Liberia National Fire Service as the “Chief Fire Marshal.”
The program was graced by House Speaker Bhofal Chambers, onetime Director of the National Fire Service, Pro-Tempore Albert Chie, Justice Minister, Musa Dean and a host of government officials.
International Firefighters’ Day is observed on May 4. It was instituted after proposal emailed out across the world on January 4, 1999 due to the deaths of five firefighters in tragic circumstances in a bushfire in Australia. May 4 used to be a traditional Firefighters’ Day in many European countries, because it is the day of Saint Florian, Patron Saint of firefighters.
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