In acknowledgement of the country’s dilapidated road networks, President George Weah has promised to pave the country’s roads before the end of his tenure.
According to an October 3 press release from the Executive Mansion, the President said he is continually pressed by his dream, his heart and his willpower to change the living condition of Liberians. Not mincing his words, he assured the public that during his administration, he would settle for nothing less than the transformation and improvement of the living standards of his people.
In an apparent swipe at his critics, President Weah has said that the country would not become worse under his regime. He spoke on Monday, October 1, at the celebration of his 52nd birth anniversary in Monrovia.
According to the release, the President assured the public that his government would exert every effort necessary to explore and make use of all available means capable of creating an environment that would be conducive for national development.
President Weah maintained that his administration has the potential and willpower to ensure the achievement of national development and economic growth.
He however said that the country would not achieve its potential in development in the absence of sustained peace, reconciliation and unity among Liberians. “Let bygone be bygone,” President Weah entreated Liberians, adding: “Let us reconcile among ourselves so that together we can build a Liberia in which our people will prosper.”
Weah said he carries a heart of deep love for Liberia and that he would do nothing wrong to negatively affect or dissatisfy Liberians for whom he took risk to join politics.
“I love my country and I love you,” he said to jubilant supporters at his birthday party, noting that he will do nothing to retard development and growth in the country.
“Under my leadership, Liberia will not be a worse place as I am very committed to my country’s development,” he assured.
President Weah expressed gratitude to the people of Liberia for demonstrating love and support to his administration.
The birthday gathering was the first since his ascendancy to the presidency. It was graced by a crowd of Liberians, including partisans of the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC), officials of government and members of the diplomatic corps.
Dedicating Feeder Roads
In a related development, the government is targeting about 87 kilometers of road in Montserrado, Grand Bassa and Bong counties for pavement.
Earlier in the day, President Weah broke grounds for the Dry Rice Market-Johnsonville-Mount Barclay road project, in an effort to kick-start massive feeder road pavement projects in Montserrado, Bong and Grand Bassa counties.
“Road connectivity is cardinal to development and growth, and that is why I am very committed to building paved roads and distributing electricity; we will make sure that all these projects are completed,” he said.
He said government’s commitment to construct and pave more roads is intended to create opportunities in decentralizing government and bolstering economic activities.
“We cannot have better healthcare facilities, improved agriculture activities and stimulate the economy in the absence of paved roads,” President Weah declared.
“Without road connectivity, development and economic boom, genuine security would be very impossible. Therefore, we are committed to constructing and paving all feeder roads in and around Monrovia. This will happen because I am committed to it,” he said.
Coastal Defense Project Inspected
According to the release, the groundbreaking ceremony preceded a tour of the ongoing coastal defense project in the Borough of New Kru Town, on Bushrod Island. The ongoing project will help save public institutions in the community, mainly the D. Tweh High School, from sea erosion.