The newly reconstructed 108 year-old Diah Bridge in Tewor District, Grand Cape Mount County was dedicated over the weekend by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and Japan’s Ambassador to Liberia, Kaoru Yoshimura.
The bridge project costing US584K was funded at the by the Government of Japan through its Commodity Value Fund (CVF), which Ambassador Yoshimura said is from the people of Japan as a token of friendship and cooperation between Liberia and Japan.
At the dedicatory ceremony in Diah Town, President Sirleaf lauded the Japanese Government for their ‘immense contributions’ to Liberia, including the projects that boost the country’s development programs.
She called on Liberians to make wise use of the bridge to carry on their farming activities to better the lives of all. The President further encouraged Liberians, specifically residents of the nearby communities, to maintain the country’s peace, which she described as the most important process to the building of any nation.
“The next government will continue from where I will stop, ensuring that the growth we made is maintained,” said the President.
Ambassador Yoshimura described the project as “the beginning of development for the people of Grand Cape Mount County after many years.” He thanked the Liberian government and citizens for the level of corporation over the years.
The Diah Bridge which was constructed by the Association of Builders and Contractors, will make the distance to Robertsport City from Bo-Water Side, Tieni and other parts of the county shorter, boost the free movement of citizens and also improve farm to market trade in the area, said Acting Internal Affairs Minister Varney Sirleaf who served as lead supervisor of the project.
He praised President Sirleaf and the Japanese government, adding, “when we sit in Monrovia, we talk nothing but negative things, while some of those in the rural settlements appreciate your good work, Madam President.”
Tenneh Kpadebah, Superintendent of Grand Cape Mount County said, “This is a dream come true for us because the bridge is surrounded by over 30 towns and villages. It was established 108 years ago, but was damaged and after many years we are now happy that the burden of the trade link here is now something of the past,” said Supt. Kpadebah in thanking the two governments for undertaking the reconstruction of the bridge.
The program was also attended by Magdalene Fahnbulleh, Commissioner of Tewor District, Senator Edward Dagoseh and an array of government officials, who also expressed their appreciation for the successful completion of the bridge.