President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has broken ground for the construction of a 130 kilometer road to connect River Gee and Sinoe counties.
The project is estimated at US$1.3 million and is funded by tax credit from Euro Logging Company-Liberia. The project is expected to last for 18 months.
The arrangement, initiated by the Forestry Development Authority (FDA) with Euro Logging Company, allows for redirecting taxes to fund the project, an Executive Mansion press release has said.
According to the release, President Sirleaf performed the groundbreaking ceremony in Combat Camp, River Gee County in the presence of an array of her officials and several citizens from the two counties.
The project, which the President described as remarkable, aims to address the difficult economic challenges residents of the area have been faced with over the years.
In another development, President Sirleaf commissioned the newly recognized boundary between River Gee and Grand Gedeh counties. The people of the two counties resolved never again to engage in boundary disputes.
The commitment was contained in separate statements delivered by the Superintendents of River Gee and Grand Gedeh counties at a town hall meeting in Kaliepo, Karweaken, River Gee County over the weekend.
The residents were led by Superintendents Peter Solo and Philip Nyenur of Grand Gedeh and River Gee counties, respectively, and by their chiefs, elders, women and youth.
The people committed themselves to uphold the decision reached with the President. They applauded the government and The Carter Center-Liberia for their intervention in settling the long running boundary dispute between the two counties.
They pledged their commitment to uphold the signed resolution to maintain the peace.
President Sirleaf commended all actors who helped to achieve the peaceful settlement of the disputed boundary.
“I am pleased about this boundary settlement. I want to applaud everyone of you,” the President said, and encouraged residents of the two counties to live together in peace and harmony.