By Leroy M. Sonpon, III from Senegal
The President of Senegal, Abdoulaye Waye, has given a two-year rent waiver to the Liberian Embassy in Senegal, as a way of further strengthening the diplomatic ties between the two West African nations.
Madam Mary Ann Fossung, the Consul of the Liberian Embassy in Senegal, told journalists that from January 2009 to January 2011, the Liberian Embassy, which occupies two flats in a two-storey duplex in Dakar, headed by Ambassador Johnny McClain, will not pay rent.
Madam Fossung, who is also the First Secretary General of the Liberian Embassy, indicated that the kind gesture of the Government of Senegal was another way of enhancing the bilateral agreement between the two countries.
The Liberian Embassy’s First Secretary General also told journalists that since they reopening of the Embassy in January 2009, there had not been any reported crime among Liberians residing in Senegal.
Madam Fossung, however, disclosed that cases of improper documents relative to Liberians in that country were rising, but owing to their interventions, the cases were being amicably resolved.
“There is no crime rate among Liberians here so far; we are only experiencing documentation problem from the Liberian community,” Madam Fossung said.
The Consul further disclosed that a campaign to encourage Liberians who are not doing any job or business in Senegal to return to Liberia had been launched, adding that they were in close contact with the Liberian community, headed by James Kollie.
When contacted via phone, James Kollie confirmed that the Embassy has a very cordial relationship with Liberians in that country.
However, he used the occasion to call on President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and the Government of Liberia to help repatriate Liberians who have expressed interest in returning home from Senegal. He said most of the Liberians in that country want to return home but lack the necessary funding.
“We are appealing to Government to help our brothers and sisters who want to go home to provide the funds through the Embassy in Senegal to come home.
“Hundreds of Liberians in Senegal are yearning to return home and contribute to the reconstruction of Liberia,” he added.
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