As part of his commitment to beautifying Monrovia and its surroundings in October 2020, President George M. Weah has finally turned on the street lights, an initiative that places joy and excitement on the faces of beneficiaries.
At the commissioning ceremony Friday evening February 5, 2021, the Liberian leader said he was grateful to God for placing him in the position to chase away the darkness for his people.
“This is part of the government major initiative to bring lights to the darkness that citizens have been experiencing for many years,” President Weah said.
President Weah said the project is a major part of the government’s initiative to bring light to the darkness, which the people have experienced for many years. According to him, lights will help enhance the safety and security of the citizens especially at night while expressing delight over the project.
Though the project may seem small and insignificant on his government’s onward development agenda, President Weah said it represents a giant step and a major impact in terms of improving the quality of life for the people of Liberia.
Switching on the lights to make the beautification of Monrovia, President Weah warns those in the constant practice of unscrewing the knots from the light poles to desist immediately.
The project, which was inaugurated on October 2, 2020, will be extended to the entire fifteen political subdivisions of Liberia, a commitment made on Friday by President Weah, adding: “Let’s secure our street lights.”
The lighting of the city was done on Friday evening February 5, 2021, simultaneously by Monrovia City Mayor Jefferson T. Koijee from Central Monrovia area and Montserrado County Senator Saah Joseph from the ELwA to Vamoma area, while the President, switch the lights on in Clara Town on Bushrod Island.
Acting Public Works Minister Ruth Coker-Collins said in a drive to help protect the poles from vandalization, they have set up a surveillance and maintenance task force, which will be charged with the responsibility of monitoring and supervising the poles to ensure that they are in working condition, secured and protected.
Madam Coker-Collins urged the public to help the task force by reporting any unwholesome case and or act that they will experience in their respective communities for the betterment of society.
She said the cost of the first phase of the project is valued at US$2 million.
Mrs. Coker-Collins pointed out that the first phase of the project was divided into three lots including: From ELWA to Vamoma while lot two from Vamoma to Broad Street and Ducor and From Johnson Street to Freeport comprise lot three respectively.
According to Mrs. Coker-Collins, several other communities and local streets are expected to also be lighted soon to include: Johnsonville to Pipeline, Rehab to Du Port Road, Johnsonville to Dry Rice Market, SKD Boulevard and SD Cooper road, respectively.
Others are the municipal borough of New Kru Town, Logan Town, Doe Community and Mamba Point among others.