President Sirleaf Breaks Grounds for Gbarnga-Salayea Road; Commends Tumutu Graduates for Achievement

Friday, 22nd December 2017

Monrovia, Liberia: President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf has broken grounds for the First Phase a 81 kilometers road beginning from Gbarnga, Bong County to Salayea, Lofa County. She said the initiative was critical as part of government’s commitment to ensuring quality infrastructure for the nation and people. She extolled the Ministry of Public Works for the progress that led to the groundbreaking program for the road project. The Liberian leader said she was glad that the long-awaited day that Liberians dreamt of has come; pointing to the difficulties travelers on the Gbarnga-Salayea Highway experience especially during the rainy season.

“Finally, this day has come that we have been waiting for a long time,” President Sirleaf noted. She stressed the days of suffering as the result of this road will be over soon. The Liberian leader then called on citizens to protect the equipment that will be used to build the road.

According to an Executive Mansion release, President Sirleaf made the statement on Thursday, December 21, 2017 in Gbarnga City, Bong County when she broke grounds for the Gbarnga to Salayea Highway amidst huge jubilation from citizens and residents. The cost of the project is estimated at US$40,858,212.49 and will commence February, 2018. President Sirleaf speaking further, regretted the absence of Vice President Boakai at the ceremony. “I am so sorry that my Vice President is not here along with me but the Minister of Defense is here to represent him,” she said.

She used the occasion to thank Public Work Minister, William Gyude Moore for his role in making sure the project starts before the end of her tenure. The 81-kilometer road, which connects Bong and Lofa Counties, will be implemented by Chinese Engineering Firm, CHICO – responsible for the construction of the Monrovia-Buchanan Highway and portion of the Monrovia-Gbarnga highway.

In separate remarks, Bong and Lofa Counties Superintendents, George Dunor, Selina Marpy-Polson extolled President Johnson-Sirleaf for fulfilling her pledge for ensuring the pavement of the Gbarnga-Salayea Highway. They thanked her and the government of Liberia for the many development efforts of the country.

Also Speaking, Public Works Minister, William G. Moore thanked President Sirleaf for the confidence reposed in him as a young man to head such a big Ministry stressing, there were many who doubted his ability to perform. He used the occasion to commend the Public Works Ministry family for supporting him and past Ministers before him.

Also speaking, Bong Representative, Prince Moye and Senator Jewel Taylor applauded President Sirleaf for her excellent leadership skills exhibited. They praised President Sirleaf for her development efforts aimed at transforming the country stressing; “Madam President, your legacy will be protected; we will protect your legacy and nobody will play because of what you have done and continue to do for the people of Liberia” They said.

Meanwhile, President Sirleaf has congratulated graduates of Tumutu Agriculture and Vocational Training Center and challenged them to take their training very serious and improve agricultural activities. She encouraged the graduates to use the knowledge acquired for the betterment of Liberia. Speaking further, the Liberian leader Tumutu is one of things her government has been able to do to get young men and women get involve in nation building. Some 191 students received certificates after six months of intensive training.

She pledged government’s continued support to the program including extending the program from six to eight months; something she said she will begin the negotiation and successive government will continue from.

President Sirleaf congratulated Youth and Sport Minister, Saah Charles N’Tow for his dedication, innovation and commitment to duty and leadership skills exhibited as Minister over the years describing him as exceptional.