President Sirleaf Dedicates, Names Newly Paved Red-Light-Gbarnga Road - Suakoko HighWay

Wednesday, 12th October 2016

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Monrovia, Liberia: President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has officially dedicated and named the newly paved 176km Red-Light to Gbarnga road as Suakoko Highway.

According to an Executive Mansion release, President Sirleaf performed the dedication and naming during in Gbarnga City at program marking the official dedication of the newly paved Red-Light to Gbarnga Road on Wednesday, October 12, 2016. She called on the people of Montserrado, Margibi and Bong counties to take ownership of the road.

The Liberian leader applauded partners and acknowledged their contributions, noting it was important for Liberians to embrace the road fund Act for the maintenance and construction of roads throughout the country.

She challenged the citizens of Montserrado, Margibi, Bong and Nimba counties to take meaningfully take advantage of the newly paved road that will improve trade and foster economic activities among other things. She expressed deep satisfaction over the level of work done on the road, which according to her will help improve access through regional integration and economic cooperation within the four Mano River Union Member counties as well as enhance transportation.

For his part, Public Works Minister William G. Moore said road connectivity remains a major priority for the Unity Party-led government. He disclosed that the European Union has provided a grant to connect the Sanniquellie to Danane in Ivory Coast.  He however noted that the Fish Town to Harper Road has been launched while feasibility and design is ongoing on the Ganta, Saclepea - Tappita and Zwedru Road projects. Minister Moore also disclosed that during the next rainy season, the Ministry will publish the weight limit and build physical barrier to prevent heavy duty vehicle from destroying the roads especially during the rainy season.
 
Speaking on behalf of the World Bank Country Manager, the Bank Task Team Leader for Infrastructure, Mr. Kulwinder Singh Rao, said the financing of this corridor is a demonstration of the World Bank’s commitment as true partners to the people of Liberia, to reduce poverty and promote a shared growth of development.

In separate remarks, the superintendents of Montserrado, Margibi and Bong lauded the leadership of President Sirleaf especially for the level of roads development in the counties.

The 176.7km was founded by the government of Liberia and partners through the Liberia Reconstruction Trust Fund, which was managed by the World Bank. A total of 29 bridges including the Nyanforla Bridge were constructed during the road project, which was started in 2012.

The Ceremony was graced by several government officials including development partners and citizens of the three counties.