By Mambu James Kpargoi, Monrovia
The Liberia National Red Cross Society will on Saturday, July 24, 2010 dedicate its second Disaster Management Center in Sanniquellie, Nimba County. The project, which has a guesthouse component as well as training (conference) facilities, will be officially dedicated by the President of Liberia, Madam Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.(The first Disaster Management Center was dedicated in Harper, Maryland County in February, also by President Sirleaf.)
The Center, which costs US$ 350,000.00, is part of the Liberian Red Cross’ drive towards self sustainability. It will also serve as a regional base for quick response in the event of any disasters in the Northeastern and central parts of Liberia.
The Liberian Red Cross’ Disaster Management Center is one of the projects expected to be dedicated by the Liberian leader during the country’s 163 Independence Day celebration which will be officially commemorated in Sanniquellie, the capital of Nimba County.
Also as part of activities surrounding the July 26 celebrations, the Liberian Red Cross will distribute relief items to a number of communities in Nimba including patients at the G.W. Harley Hospital in Sanniquellie, the Sanniquellie Central Prison, and two project communities: Karnlah and Gbeleyee.