Ellen Dedicates Maritime Training Institute
-Making Efforts To Compete Unfinished Projects
Outgoing President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is making frantic efforts to complete some of the projects she initiated prior to the time of the end of her 12 year reign.
The retiring Liberian leader on Friday, January 5, 2017 officially performed the dedicatory ceremony of a modern State of the Art John G. Bestman Maritime Training Institute (LMTI) in Marshall City, Lower Margibi.
A dispatch from the Executive Mansion disclosed that Pres. Sirleaf described the moment as “the day we have all been waiting for”.She thanked members of the 53rd National Legislature for renegotiating the Concession Agreement between the Government of the Republic of Liberia and the Liberia International Ship and Corporate Registry (LISCR) in 2015.
The Liberia leader paid tribute to the partnership with LISCR, which according to her, has translated into the transformation of a modern Liberia Maritime Training Institute (LMTI); recognizing the significant contributions of Mr. Gerald Cooper, Beyan Cooper and Mrs. Leonard Dennis who particularly served the Maritime dutifully for 43 years.
She acknowledged that Mrs. Leonard Dennis remained committed and devoted in spite of some of the most difficult moments the Bureau of Maritime faced.
The dispatch added that the President thanked stakeholders of the Liberia Maritime Authority and Liberia Maritime Training Institute for putting in place a rigorous recruiting process, which according to her, gave way to the meticulous recruitment of 20 males and 4 females.
She expressed delight in light of the professional content that would characterize the recruits upon their two-year training process and pointed out that the inclusive selection from Liberia’s 15 countries was a demonstration of national participation.
Following the ribbon-cutting ceremony by the Liberian leader, she then performed the unveiling of the plaque in honor of former Finance Minister and Governor of what was formerly the National Bank of Liberia, named and styled “the John G. Bestman Maritime Training Institute”. In brief reference to Hon. John G. Bestman, Pres. Sirleaf said: “John, we owe you; It is honorable to give honor to whom it is due.” Following that, she was later taken on a guided tour of the modernized facility.
Earlier, Mr. Abraham AbiZaidenberg, Managing Director of the Liberia International Ship and Corporate Registry (LISCR) and Chairman of the Liberia Maritime Training Institute, welcomed those who graced the ceremony, noting individual and collective roles of all stakeholders in the realization of the process.
He recalled LISCR’s involvement in the shipping sector with Liberia some 18 years ago and informed the gathering that amid progress, there had been 30% improvement in cargo shipment to the United States.
Meanwhile, in separate remarks, Commissioner James Kollie, Board Chair, Cllr. Juah Lawson, and Senate Committee Chairperson, Dallas Gueh of Rivercess lauded Pres. Sirleaf for her hindsight in ensuring the project came to fruition.
They acknowledged the significant interventions of the various actors who worked so diligently towards such realization.
In 2016, the Liberia International Ship & Corporate Registry (LISCR) based in Virginia, U.S.A. decided to take up the management of the Liberia Maritime Training Institute. The first batch of 24 engineering cadets commenced training on August 1, 2017.