At the end of her visit to Sinoe and Grand Kru counties to assess the preparations for the celebration of this year's Independence Day (July 26) celebrations, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf urged citizens of Sinoe and Grand Kru counties, co-hosts of Liberia's 168th Independence Anniversary, to get involved in the preparations for a successful celebration.
The President noted that citizens and residents can contribute to the celebration by cleaning their homes and surroundings, giving the two capital cities – Greenville and Barclayville – facelifts. She urged the citizens to clean their yards, cut high bushes growing all around the two cities, as well as paint their houses. “They all need to join in to do their little part to make the two cities look good,” she pleaded.
The chief executive expressed satisfaction with the progress made so far but was quick to say that a lot more needs to be done to meet the deadline especially for projects expected to be dedicated during the celebrations.
She was very happy with the level of work being done by the Ministry of Public Works and lauded Public Works Minister Gyude Moore and his team who expressed optimism that the road will be ready for the celebration. Minister Moore had earlier told President Sirleaf that 76 percent rehabilitation work on the road, broken into segments from Buchanan, Grand Bassa County to Barclayville, Grand Kru County, has been completed.
One of the contractors, Mandra is working on the 107 kilometer stretch between Buchanan and Nimba junction. Another contractor, Solid Rock, is working the 97 kilometer road between Nimba junction and Nyanforh Town; and the Armed Forces of Liberia’s Engineering Company, the 32 kilometer portion between Nyanforh Town and Greenville.
She had exceptional praise for the Ministry of Public Works team headed by deputy minister Claude Langley who constructed the 120-foot Bailey bridge over the Darbawulor River that connects Greenville to Barclayville through Taybu 1 and Taybu 2 and has cut the transportation time of the 166 kilometer road between the two capital cities by nearly two hours.
President Sirleaf, however, cautioned that though a lot of work has been done on the roads, which has shortened the time a vehicle takes between Buchanan to Barclayville through Greenville, if the rains are heavy, there will be difficulties on the roads. “That’s nature and we don’t know what will happen; that’s the risk,” she warned.
She praised the Director General of the General Services Agency, Ms. Mary Broh, who is spearheading the renovation of the presidential guest house and the J. Dominic Bing, Sr. City Hall in Greenville, Sinoe County, where the main Independence Anniversary celebrations will take place.
“Mary is doing a great job here and we are grateful that she is here to ensure that things are done,” President Sirleaf said.
Several projects are expected to be dedicated in Sinoe County during the Independence Anniversary.
During her tour, President Sirleaf visited several project sites, some of which are completed and some are still ongoing, in both counties. She was told by the contractors that the projects will be completed before the celebration.
In Sinoe, projects expected for dedication have reached a considerable level, while some are already completed. These include the proposed superintendent’s residence and guest house, multipurpose youth center, statutory district superintendent’s residence in Jourzon, and the Delkilo Public School in Numepo District.
In Barclayville, Grand Kru County, she visited ongoing renovation work at the Barclayville City Hall; the newly constructed administrative building in Jloh Statutory District and the presidential guest house where she held a meeting with local leaders, including the Grand Kru County Legislative Caucus on the ongoing preparations.
Projects expected to be dedicated in Grand Kru County include four administrative buildings in four statutory districts including Dorbor, Boah, Garraway, and Jloh; three buildings to accommodate U.S. Peace Corps volunteers teaching in the county; a science laboratory at the P.G. Wolo High School, two others are to be constructed in Sasstown and Grand Cess; 50 solar panel lights around Barclayville; the laying out of streets in Barclayville; and the renovated Barclaville City Hall.