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President Sirleaf Dedicates New US$9 Million Monrovia Vocational Training Center;Urges Liberians to Maintain and Protect the New Facilities – See more at: http://www.emansion.gov.lr/2press.php?news_id=3477&related=7&pg=sp#sthash.ECu5M9eo.dpuf
Monrovia, Liberia – President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is urging Liberians to maintain and protect the newly dedicated and refurbished compound of the Monrovia Vocational Training Center (MVTC); noting that too often nice projects are concluded but because of poor management or wanton destruction, these projects are unable to carry out the functions and services for which it was intended.
“Let us please not let this happen to this well constructed facility,” she advised Liberians, emphasizing that the newly dedicated vocational training center is a very important contribution to the country, especially its youth.
“No matter how supportive China will be for its operation and maintenance, the primary responsibility will rest with Liberians,” she emphasized.
According to an Executive Mansion release, the Liberian leader made the assertion at the handover ceremony of the China-aided expansion of the MVTC in Paynesville, on Wednesday, November 18, 2015.
She, on behalf of Government, thanked the friendly Government and people of China for this great contribution to the development efforts. She emphasized, again, that China is a reliable friend and continues to be a major partner in the country’s development effort.
President Sirleaf indicated that the newly constructed MVTC and refurbished compound is a long awaited project because it would enable young Liberians empower themselves, take charge of their lives and make major contributions to the development of their country.
Referring to the famous Chinese Proverb, which says: “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime,” the Liberian leader pointed out that with this project, China has now enabled Liberians to be able to fish for themselves as well as carry on with their own development plans.
The Liberian leader said government looks forward to the training of thousands of Liberian at these facilities. “The skills that they will acquire will make a big difference in the future; whether we are able to maintain the development pace that we have started and maintain our commitment and the results of our work,” she pointed out, adding, “It has been a long time coming and we all have been so anxious; but knew that China was committed to completing the project.”
President Sirleaf stressed her delight that China has through this bilateral initiative given Liberia a special gift that constitutes an essential and indispensable bedrock that would propel the development of young minds; but also noted that Government looks forward to the others.
She credited China for the projects they have completed including the Jackson Fiah Doe Memorial Hospital, University of Liberia Fendall Campus, the Bamboo Weaving Project, Confucius Institute at the University of Liberia, the CARI Agriculture Laboratory, among others; but noted, however, that while rehabilitation works are ongoing at the Samuel Kanyon Doe Sports Complex, she hoped to see the Chinese in action in light of the construction of the Ministerial Complex as well as the expansion of the Capitol Building.
“We are confident that it is coming and that too will make a major contribution to the Liberian people,” she noted.
President expressed immense gratitude to the Chinese and Liberian construction teams that built the MVTC.
The Liberian President urged Chinese Ambassador Zhang Yue to convey to Chinese President Xi Jinping, the Government and people of China, Liberia’s appreciation and sincere thanks for this contribution and what it will mean as the country moves ahead with its development.
Speaking earlier, Chinese Ambassador Zhang Yue said the new MVTC will help boost the capacity building for Liberian youth who are important for the long-term and sustainable socio-economic development of Liberia. He said that the new MVTC will undoubtedly be another symbolic landmark for the solid Sino-Liberian relations.
“This moment is not only a highlight for Liberian people, but also for China-Liberia cooperation,” he stressed, adding that the guiding principles for China to deal with African countries are sincerity, real results, affinity and good faith, which is fully illustrated again by the completion of this project.
He noted that since the beginning of the establishment of the diplomatic relationship between both countries, China has provided unselfish, timely and valuable assistance many times to Liberia. “We have done that because we believe that deeds always speak louder than words,” Ambassador Zhang pointed out.
The Chinese Ambassador re-emphasized that as the hope of the nation, young Liberians should shoulder the responsibility of building this beautiful country. He urged them to take this precious opportunity of getting access to training at this modern vocational training center and devote themselves to the development of Liberia.
He promised that his country will always be a reliable partner of Liberia, not only in training and education, but also in all fields that could benefit their Liberian friends. “Each generation has their own mission and it is our generation’s responsibility to further promote China-Liberia cooperation and inject new vigor into the comprehensive cooperative relations between our two countries.
The new MVTC, which costs approximately US$9 million, is equipped with modern facilities, especially designed to meet the needs of training many young Liberians.
The facilities which covers an area of 6,000 square meters is composed of one teaching building, one laboratory building, one administrative building, and two dormitory buildings for students and faculty respectively.
There is also a library which is big enough for 300 students respectively. The new energy and water supply system can also benefit the old MVTC compound. It has special facilities catering to the need of disabled persons and a sewage disposal system for environmental protection.
The new MVTC can accommodate over 1,000 students to study and 200 students and faculties to lodge as well.
On June 27, 2011, the Chinese Government agreed to undertake the China-aided Expansion Project of the MVTC and a contract was signed on December 23, 2012 for the construction of the newly dedicated campus.