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Gbarnga-Mendikoma Highway Kicks Off Next Dry Season – Pres. Sirleaf
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President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf 

 

Gbarnga-Mendikoma Highway Kicks Off Next Dry Season – Pres. Sirleaf

FOYA, LOFA COUNTY, May 6 (LINA)  - The Liberian leader Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has pledged her government's continued support to the people of Lofa County towards addressing the issue of road network.

President Sirleaf said she wanted to complete the Gbarnga-Mendikoma road during her administration but there was a small problem that caused the delay by the firm which did the study for the road, as well as the deadly Ebola virus disease that added to the delay in getting the road done in time.

She emphasized that the Gbarnga-Mendikoma highway when completed will boast trade and economic activities, among others, in that area.

She told the people that work will begin on the road in the next dry season but will take between two to three years to be completed.

The 270km road from Gbarnga in Bong Couty to Mendikoma in Lofa County is in an area of important economic potential also called the country's "bread basket."

Lofa County plays host to a large proportion of Liberia's cocoa and oil palm cash crops, as well as an excellent environment for horticulture cum aquaculture production.

The road will extend to the border with Sierra Leone and serve as a trade link to both Guinea and Sierra Leone.

She congratulated the people of Foya for the level of development they are carrying on in the county, including farming activities, and expressed her admiration for the beautiful mountains.

She noted Foya and the Unity Party are the same because, according to her, in 2005and 2011, Unity Party won the votes in Lofa County but was quick to note that the votes reduced in 2014.

At the Town Hall Meeting in Kolahum, the Liberian leader reiterated government's commitment to paving the road from Gbarnga to Mendikoma.

She said once paved it will improve trade and commerce and empower farmers to grow more food for the country.

She lauded the citizens of Kolahum for standing with her government and keeping the peace.

"To have real peace, it had to come from everybody. Thank you for being good citizens; thank you for being good farmers, stay focused and strong." she stressed.

President Sirleaf commended the County Legislative Caucus and citizens for supporting the peace and called on them to continue maintaining and keeping the peace. She said the government could not have done it without the involvement and participation of the citizens.

Amid several stopovers along the route to Voinjama, interacted with citizens and presented food and non-food items especially to women, students, youths and children who lined the route to welcome the Liberian leader.

In Voinjama City, President Sirleaf inspected ongoing work at the Water Treatment Project.

She was met on arrival and briefed by the Managing Director of the Liberia Water and Sewer Corporation (LWSC), Mr. Hun-Bu Tulay.

He told the President once the project is completed it will provide 36,300 gallons of water to Voinjama and its surroundings.

He said the date for completion is April 2018 but the First Phrase will be completed December 2017 and it is anticipated that the President Sirleaf will dedicate it.

For her part, President Sirleaf extolled Managing Director Tulay for the level of work done so far on the project and thanked the contractors, a Liberian-owned construction company, for the service to the country.

LINA PR/PTK

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