Legislature Passes Bill to Rename Bridges, Streets

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-Forwards to President Weah for approval

On Thursday, February 7, 2019, which was the 9th day sitting of the lawmakers, the House of Representatives concurred with the Senate to establish a law to re-name certain roads and bridges and dedicate them in commemoration of the lives and memories of some personalities who had played meaningful roles in the country.

Twenty-eight members of the House of Representatives voted in favor of the passage, with none against, but one abstention. The bill is known as “An Act to Name Certain Roads and Bridges in Liberia.”

The Senate’s Engrossed Bill No. 1 (An Act to Name Certain Roads and Bridges in Liberia), was acted upon by the House of Representatives following a report from the Joint Committee on Public Works, Rural Development and the Judiciary.

President George Weah re-submitted the bill to re-name certain roads and bridges in October, 2018, one year after former President Ellen-Johnson Sirleaf first submitted it to the Legislature in September 2017.

Naming of bridges, roads

In the Act, the road from Red Light to Ganta, beginning at the point designated as Red Light in Paynesville, running 254 kilometers to the city of Ganta, Nimba County, will be known as the Madam Suakoko Highway. Madam Suakoko was a Clan Chief in Kiayea, Bong County, who was instrumental in the expansion of the country’s territorial integrity.

The ongoing road construction from Red Light in Paynesville, running 13.2 kilometers to the Freeport of Monrovia, will eventually be referred to as the Japan Freeway. The road is Somalia Drive, though that name is not legislated. The Japan Freeway will be one of the longest roads, with funding from the Japanese government.

The Cotton Tree to the Port of Buchanan road (80.0 kilometers) will be named the Diahn-Blae Gbehozhn Highway. The Diahn-Blae Gbehozhn Highway is the combination of names of rivers in Grand Bassa County.

The newly constructed Caldwell Bridge, which connects Lower and Upper Caldwell, will be known as the Jacob Samuel Melton Bridge, while the newly constructed old Waterside Bridge will be called the King Zolu Doma Bridge.

The newly constructed Mechelen Bridge in Grand Bassa County will now be officially named the Tarr Gardour Bridge; the bridge that connects Margibi and Bong counties will also be called the Kolleh Gweh Bridge; the newly constructed bridge known as the St. John River Bridge in Grand Bassa County, running to Buchanan, is to be known as the Abba G. Karnga Bridge. The bridge is popularly known as St. John’s Bridge, though that name was not legislated.

Though opinions differ on what his first year’s administration has achieved, President Weah told the Legislature that when the bill is passed into law, it will kindle the spirit of appreciation and gratitude for keeping people and specifically named events, through highways and freeways, alive.

Weah added that the law, if enacted, will focus on naming newly renovated and constructed roads and bridges after distinguished individuals who served strategic administrative positions.

“These statesmen worked meaningfully and contributed to upholding the counties’ dignity, history, culture, and stable community,” the President said.

“During their tenure as paramount chiefs, they initiated concepts that led to projects yielding significant progress in the education, farming, roads, clinics, and peace at both the districts and counties-level,” he said.

19 COMMENTS

  1. How about naming the national bank as The George Weah bank? That would be quite befitting and apropos, given the overflowing of money in the treasury under Jorweah. Hmm!

    • Please name the street that the foreign ministry is on the the “George weah liberia for sale avenue” Hell name the atlantic ocean Senegalese fishing hole

  2. Sao Boso aka Boatswain doesn’t deserve having any school named after him; especially so, when the MAJORITY of students attending that school are the offsprings of Native/Indigenous Liberians. REMEMBER! WHAT DID BOATSWAIN SAY THE COLONISTS/SETTLERS: “If these natves-people oblige me, to come and conquer them, I shall do it; by cutting OFF their HEADS…” WHAT DID BOATSWAIN SAY TO THE NATIVES: “Haven’t sold your COUNTRY and accepted payment, you must BEAR the consequences…” NB. The NATIVES did not sell their land. It was taken by FORCE OF ARMS.

  3. The St. John River Bridge was named the Zeogar Saywrayne Bridge when it was dedicated by President Tubman. To say the bridge had no name is silly and dumb. There is no reason to change the name.

  4. A wise person once said, “Poverty is a great enemy to human happiness; it certainly destroys liberty, and it makes some virtues impracticable, and others extremely difficult.”

    It is comical to see how lawmakers who are earning US$10,000 dollars a month in an impoverished country like Liberia to have their priorities all screwed up.

    Shouldn’t these overpaid lawmakers be focusing on high priority problems urgently facing the poor people of Liberia instead of them worrying about renaming roads and bridges while poverty (hunger) is robbing the poor people of their freedom, liberty and happiness? What is the essence of the “Pro-Poor” ideology?

    Liberia is currently bombarded with urgent situations which should be of priorities at this time of national reconstruction than renaming existing bridges and roads that won’t reduce the high poverty in Liberia.

    The President and Lawmakers could use their energy to focus on these major problems in Liberia: the high poverty rate; poor health care; poor educational system; high unemployment; corruption; mass incarceration of the very poor; poor sanitation; high crime rate; high infant mortality rate; poor infrastructure (roads, water/light and other utilities); poor traffic regulations; high exchange rate; poor access to credit; overcrowded cities; poor housing; lack of private sector jobs; low foreign investment; poor export revenue; high drug usage by teens; high teen pregnancy; high teen drop-outs; poor public transportation; lack of incentives for small farmers; lack of technical expertise to train Liberians in technology; train in industrial fishing; train in industrial farming; the decentralization of the Liberian economy; attracting foreign investors; encouraging Liberians in the diaspora to return to help boost the economy; boost the manufacturing industries; boost tourism industry, and many more essential things with added value that will bring happiness to the poor people of Liberia.

    To paraphrase what the wise person said, as long as poverty continues to rise exponentially in Liberia, renaming of roads and bridges would be meaningless to the poor.

    Legislators, please remember, poverty is the greatest enemy to freedom, liberty and happiness in Liberia.

    • Mr. Conneh, I taught you have written on behalf of me. You have just said all what was in my mind. Why will high pay lawmakers don’t concentrate on what is bothering the public but open section for naming under develop roads and bridges? Do they means discussing the priorities of Liberians is like algebraic expressions p(x) = \prod\limits_{t \in K} (x-t).\, p is a what?. These people need to be put to their place.

    • Broth Conneh – there could be one of two explanations as to why these lawmakers could not/will not do what you just eloquently stated:
      1. This could be a diversionary tactics to keep the public/masses’ attention off their (lawmakers) poor performance to legislate. Sadly, this will not help them because the problems the nation faces are grave and enormous for the public to ignore; so it would be an illusion for one to think that such a tactic will work. For the life of me, I don’t understand why would these lawmakers think that prioritizing renaming of bridges and roads, in the face of the many challenges, will solve the nation’s huge problems. I am not against renaming but is this the right time when other pressing issues exist? Just from the list of problems you mentioned, which is not exhaustive, is enough to keep these lawmakers awake day and night over the next several years to craft legislations to address these enormous problems.

      2. Or they just lack vision! And if this is the case then all they can do is keep the public guessing their next move by coming up with frivolous legislations to make it look like they are actually legislating when in fact that isn’t the case. You can only give to someone what you’ve got. A leader can only lead when he/she has a vision; and if one does not have a vision he can only improvise to cover up for what he/she is lacking…

  5. Mr. Bernard; get hold of yuor old “LIBERIAN HISTORY-TEXTBOOKS” and convince YOURSELF. I BET you a brand new CAR of your choice. I’m RIGHT. LOL!

    • Jake; thanks! I remember those quotations very well. It was part of my 4th-Grade History Lessons. We had to memorize those QUOTATIONS by Chief Boatswain aka Sao Boso; unless, we FLUNK 4th-Grade History.

  6. Mr. Conneh, I taught you have written on behalf of me. You have just said all what was in my mind. Why will high pay lawmakers don’t concentrate on what is bothering the public but open section for naming under develop roads and bridges? Do they means discussing the priorities of Liberians is like algebraic expressions p(x) = \prod\limits_{t \in K} (x-t).\, p is a what?. These people need to be put to their place.

  7. The Gertrude Yancy High School in Klay, Bomi County should be renamed Klay High School! The name will reflect the our town rather then promoting an individual with NO CONNECTION, whatsoever to people! I have not heard about ANY CONTRIBUTION BY GERTRUDE to the people of Klay! She did not IMPACT THE LIVES OF OUR PEOPLE!

  8. I agree with a trillion times, Boima! Throw away that borrowed name Gertrude Yancy away forever! nd name the school KLAY HIGH SCHOOL!

    You pass so, this European name. You go so, this nonesense white people name. You come so, all kinds of different people names.

    And these very people will never ever name anywhere of ours in their countries! What izuolee (stupidness) is this!!!???

    THROW THAT NONESENSE BOWRROWED NAME AWAY NOW, NOW, NOW! And name our school The Kay High School!

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