A Call To Action For ‘Phase ll’
-Pres. Weah Unseals Somalia Drive Road
-As Japanese Ready To Deliver Full Lane
Finally, Phase l of the Japanese funded Four Lane Somalia Drive Road Project has been officially unsealed to the public.
The dedication ceremony characterized by unrestrained jubilation was performed on Wednesday, May 30, 2018 by President George Maneeh Weah, often referred to by supporters and political fans as “the country giant or the people’s president”.
Addressing audience at the ceremony held on the Somalia Drive Road around the Freeport of Monrovia, Pres. Weah who is now the chief architect of Liberia’s infrastructure development said, he was glad to participate in the opening of the “long awaited” two lane Somalia Drive Road Project.The President firstly acknowledged God’s bountiful blessings and sough his guidance to lead Liberia in way that would bring glory to His name.
“Today, we have come to dedicate Phase l of the Project for the reconstruction of the Somalia Drive Road corridor and at the same time make a call to action for the Phase ll of the project,” the President said, amid resounding applauds and various slogans from every side.
Accentuating the significance of the road corridor, Pres. Weah who is robustly determined to lead Liberia’s pro-poor agenda noted that the 13.2 kilometer road provides access to thousands of people who live in that area, adding that the completion of the project would also ease traffic congestion and boost trade and commerce.
He acknowledged that the project would not have been possible without the assistance and cooperation of the Japanese People and Government, to whom the President declared, Liberia owes a tremendous debts of gratitude.
In a rather elated mood, the Liberian leader, on behalf of the country and his people, praised the Government and People of Japan as well as the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) for what he described as the “kind gesture of friendship”.
In appreciation, the President declared “we will remain engaged with Japan with the intention of further strengthening the longstanding bilateral relationship” subsisting between the two countries.
Pres. Weah also recognized the role of former Pres. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf under whose administration the project was initiated; he put the cost of the completed Phase l at US$50 million while the cost of Phase ll is put at US$45 million.
In breaking ground for the commencement of Phase ll of the project, the President said, “in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, I’m going to break this ground so the second Phase can be……”
Earlier, Public Works Minister, Mobutu VlahNyenpan, Sr., said, today marks a significant accomplishment in our collective quest for infrastructure development especially, road connectivity in our country.”
Reporting to the President, Min. Nyenpan proclaimed “Your Excellency, as your Minister of Public Works, it is my pleasing duty to report to you that Phase l of the project for the reconstruction of the Somalia Drive Road is fully completed and ready for dedication.”
He told Pres. Weah that technical inspection of the completed works testified that the road meets best standards and that the project was executed consistent with its specification.
On the other hand, the Public Works boss said, “we are delighted Mr. President, to also inform you that all required arrangements have been concluded for the commencement of works on Phase ll of the project.
Meanwhile, Min. Nyenpan disclosed that when completed, the road would be transformed into a contemporary four lane road; he assured the Liberian leader that the Ministry would do all it takes to maintain the road and to ensure the successful completion of phase ll of the project which, according to JICA’s Senior Representative, Mr. NorihitoYonebayashi would be completed timely . The road is expected to be renamed as “Japan Freeway” when fully completed.
The ceremony was graced by other top government officials, including House Speaker, Dr. Bhofal Chambers; Japanese Ambassador to Liberia, TsutomusHimeno also attended the ceremony.