President Sirleaf Dedicates Sanquin Bridge at Start of Three-Day Visit to Sinoe County

Thursday, 25th April 2013
President Sirleaf receives the traditional welcome from a Sinoe County female citizen.
President Sirleaf receives the traditional welcome from a Sinoe County female citizen.
Photo Credit: Ousman Diallo / Executive Mansion

Greenville, Sinoe County - At the start of an official visit to Sinoe County, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has dedicated the reconstructed Sanquin Bridge. The three-day visit is in continuation of her nationwide tour.


The Sanquin Bridge, situated in Sanquin District, connects Sinoe County with the rest of southeastern Liberia. Previously built with logs and dirt, the bridge was washed away due to the heavy downpour of rain and the overflowing Sanquin River in December 2009. The Liberian Government and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) reconstructed this critical infrastructure into a two-lane concrete bridge.


Speaking on behalf of Sinoe citizens before the dedication of the bridge, Superintendent Milton Teahjay welcomed the President and delegation to the county to see the dividends of her hard work. “This is a joyous welcome for all of us,” he said, “to see the partnership you have been fostering producing the kinds of results, especially the bridge. We are happy to welcome you to the county.”


Also making remarks, the United States Ambassador to Liberia, Deborah Malac, thanked the citizens for the warm welcome. “We are pleased that the U.S. Government, through the USAID, was able to work with the Government of Liberia to build this bridge,” she said, adding that bridges help open up corridors for trade and development. She promised that her government will continue to stand by Liberia and its people to help achieve Vision 2030 for a more prosperous Liberia.


Public Works Minister, Samuel Kofi Woods, thanked USAID for the partnership in the reconstruction of the bridge. He informed Liberians that the dedication of the bridge marks an important move by the government to southeastern Liberia. “This is the beginning of a serious movement in the southeastern part of Liberia,” Minister Woods stressed, adding that government is ready to embark on the construction of roads and bridges in this area of the country.


Summing up, President Sirleaf thanked all those who had worked to make the bridge project a success, specifically the Sinoe County leadership and its Legislative Caucus, USAID, and the Ministry of Public Works. “This would not have happened,” she said, “unless everyone put together, in partnership and in unity, working together to achieve something that would benefit not only the people of Sinoe County but also the rest of the county.”


Following the program at the bridge, the President and her delegation attended an Intercessory Service at the Church of Pentecost for their save arrival to the county’s capital, Greenville.


On the second day of the county tour of Sinoe, President Sirleaf and delegation are expected to inspect the Judiciary Square – the new judicial hub nearing completion in Greenville. She will also inspect ongoing rehabilitation work at the Port of Greenville and the proposed campus of the Sinoe University College in Panama, outside Greenville.


The Liberian leader will later travel to the Golden Veroleum-Liberia sites at Numonpo plantations and Butaw, for discussions with the management and staff. At the Butaw Administration Building, President Sirleaf will hold a town hall meeting with citizens of the district.


In late afternoon, President Sirleaf will hold a second town hall meeting, this one at the Administrative Building in Greenville. She will also switch on the Greenville electricity. All of the homes, businesses and even streetlights are connected to the electricity grid in Greenville.


Superintendent Teahjay is expected to host a dinner in honor of the Liberian leader at his residence later in the evening. She will depart Greenville for Monrovia on Friday, April 26.