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|ArcelorMittal Donates 100 Vehicles To Gov’t|
|Published on August 29, 2008||Email To Friend Print Version
By D. Kaihenneh Sengbeh
Liberia’s largest postwar investment entity, ArcelorMittal, has made initial donation of 100 Toyota Hilux Pick-ups to the government and people of Liberia.
The Chief Executive Officer of the World’s number one steel company, Joe Mathews, made the initial turnover of 20 of the vehicles yesterday on the ground of the Executive Mansion on Capitol Hill.
Mr. Mathews said the company (with US$1.5 billion investment in the country) was very pleased to hand down the pick-ups to help government’s development initiatives aimed at making life better for Liberians.
He said the rest of the vehicles are being off leaded at the Freeport of Monrovia and would shortly be turned over to the government.
President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is reported to have asked ArcelorMittal to assist the Liberian government with the vehicles as a means of aiding the rebuilding process of the country, especially in moving ahead the Poverty reduction Strategy (PRS).
Presenting the keys of the vehicles to Internal Affairs Minister Ambulai Johnson, who received the vehicles on behave of the government, Mr. Mathews called on other investment entities in the country to follow ArcelorMittal’s example in helping the Liberian government and people.
In remarks Minister Johnson thanked the company on behave of President Sirleaf for the worthwhile donation, saying “Today is a great Day in Liberia.”
He admitted that logistic problem is a serious challenge confronting the Liberian government in carrying out most of its programs including Agriculture which forms a major component of the PRS.
The PRS is a three year program (2008-2011) designed by the government with the total involvement of the people to make conditions in the country suitable that will enable Liberians live better lives.
The PRS has four major pillars including enhancing national security, revitalizing the economy, strengthening Governance and rule of law and basic infrastructure and basic social services.
The Internal Affairs Minister disclosed that the vehicles would be distributed among the 94 members of the National Legislature as they embark on their agriculture break, expected to begin after September 12.
He said the lawmakers are expected to use the vehicles to get to their constituencies to get involve in farming, educate their people on the country’s PRS implementation among other developmental initiatives.
He said agriculture has always been described as the bedrock for the development of Liberia and the lawmakers have a major role to play in making their people take it serous.
He said that’s why President Sirleaf appealed to ArcelorMittal to help the government with vehicles which has been granted.
The senior senators of Bong and Grand Bassa Counties Jewel Howard Taylor and Gbehzohngar Findley respectively, who were on the scene of the donation, thanked ArcelorMittal, in separate remarks, for identifying with the Liberian government and people.