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UN Hands Over Refurbished Ministry Building

UN Hands Over Refurbished Ministry Building To Liberian Government

New York, May 2 2008 5:00PM

The United Nations has handed over a newly-refurbished Ministry of Internal Affairs building to the Liberian Government, calling the hand-over a crucial step in the country’s post-war recovery.

Speaking at the hand-over ceremony, the UN Deputy Envoy in Liberia, Jordan Ryan, said on Wednesday that the Ministry was “a crucial arm of government in consolidating peace and fostering development,” after the end of the country’s civil war.

The UN provided $200,000, or nearly three-quarters of the cost, to rehabilitate the building.

Meanwhile, the UN Envoy to Liberia, Ellen Margrethe Løj, called on the country’s parents to make some sacrifice to send their children to school.

Presenting school and sporting supplies to residents in Brewerville, close to the capital Monrovia, Ms. Løj said: “I know it is sometimes difficult to send your children to school. You may need them around the house to help you with some household tasks, but you need to make a little sacrifice today. By doing so you are building a better future or your children and your country.

The supplies were donated by the Jordanian medical contingent serving with the UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL).

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