GIZ Graduates 45 Level-3 Road Maintenance, Construction Craft Technicians

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Gradautes of the GIZ training at the program.

-As Germany Reaffirms Support To Liberia

The German Corporation for International Cooperation (GIZ) has graduated 45 Level-3 Road Maintenance and Construction Craft Technicians following a 12-month intensive training.

Project Manager William Zayzay said the training became necessary following studies that Liberian roads were not being properly managed and maintained.

Mr. Zayzay said the 45 graduates, which include ten female technicians, were selected from ten counties, including Montserrado, Margibi, Bong, Lofa, Nimba, Grand Gedeh, and River Gee.

The graduates, who are the first batch of trained Maintenance and Construction Craft persons under the GIZ/Government of Liberia road maintenance effort, are expected to help Liberia’s road maintenance problems.

At the same time, GIZ Director, Matthias Schroeder, said he is impressed seeing the first batch of graduates from a project initiated in 2017 to help with the development and maintenance of Liberian roads. The project was formally launched in 2019.

He said while Germany and other international partners are providing training opportunities for Liberia in this road maintenance direction, it behooves Liberians to make the best use of this training.

He urged the graduates to see their graduation as the beginning of a new era in which they ought to do their best in exhibiting their skills to help Liberia.

The training was made possible with the German government’s support and implemented by GIZ.

At the program, German Ambassador to Liberia, Hubert Jager, reaffirmed his country’s commitment to supporting Liberia’s infrastructural and manpower developments, as the CDC-Led government strives to change the country’s road situation.

German Ambassador to Liberia, Hubert Jager

According to Ambassador Jager, Germany has and will continue to provide support to Liberia in various sectors through its development agency, the German Corporation for International Cooperation (GIZ).

Ambassador Hubert Jager said his government’s capacity-building engagement with Liberia has also been concentrated through the contribution of more than 67 million euros for the Liberia Reconstruction Trust Fund (LRTF), managed by the World Bank.

He said in support to President George Weah’s quest to have Liberia connected by quality roads, his government has supported the training of 45 Road Maintenance and Construction Craft persons to help maintain the roads being constructed.

The German Ambassador, speaking at the graduation of the 45 Road Maintenance and Construction Craft Technicians at the Booker Washington Institute campus in Kakata at the weekend, said Germany looks forward to further deepening its relationship with Liberia.

Meanwhile, the graduates have appealed to the government and partners that helped trained them, to not let their skills and knowledge go to waste. They want to be provided employment opportunities so that they can apply their skills practically.

3 COMMENTS

  1. The Road Maintenance Project is a good development. The Liberian graduates will be brought into the workforce. Roads in Liberia will be properly managed than before. Good roads are central to the development process of Liberia. Sadly, instead of giving credit to where credit is due, some critics of Weah will blame him because the roads didn’t get done three years ago.

  2. The training of practical working teams is essential to the development of the technical industry in the country. It is hoped that there will be more training programs in technical disciplines.

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