Liberia President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has urged Grand Bassa County leaders to allot a portion of their County Development Fund (CDF) to support the ongoing Costal Defense Project in Buchanan City.
Engineers from the ministries of Land, Mines and Energy, Public Works, and State for Presidential Affairs in collaboration with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) are undertaking the Coastal Defense Project.
The project is intended to prevent the sea erosion in the Fanti Town Community on Atlantic Street in Buchannan city.
The intervention by the government is in response to pleas by Grand Bassa County citizens to save the city from being wiped away by sea erosion.
According to the Liberia News Agency (LINA), President Sirleaf made the call over the weekend when she inspected work being done in the affected community in Buchanan.
She said while it is true that the government was financing the project, it is also incumbent upon the county’s leadership to reserve a portion of their CDF towards the implementation of the project.
President Sirleaf pointed out that the government was committed to carrying out similar interventions in all areas being threatened by sea erosion in the country.
She has meanwhile lauded Liberian engineers for the professional manner in which they are carrying out the work.
Earlier, the Minister of Lands, Mines and Energy, Patrick Sendolo, expressed satisfaction with the work. He said negotiations for the ongoing project started three years ago.
According to Mr. Sendolo, the project was being implemented in phases.
He said the government is spending US$1.8 million on the first phase of the project which was expected to end last year.
Thereafter, he said, government will make a determination on the next phase of the project.