President Weah Finally Turns on Street Lights

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Monrovia main streets lit up on Friday, February 5, 2021

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 urges citizens to take better care of the street lights

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.

President Weah officials switches on the street lights

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.

Residents of Monrovia gather to watch the switching on of the lights

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.

4 COMMENTS

  1. Only Weah’s CDC supporters will kowtow to this flagrant ploy because the people know after his disgraceful lost in the last election, he would seek every avenue to brighten his image in a desperate bid to prove to the Liberian people he has miraculously become the new president who is ready to work for them.

    Nevertheless, “street lights” turned on in a few selective areas of Monrovia just would not change the public perception of him overnight. How laughable the situation appears to see the Liberian leader celebrating the turning on of a few electric lights as if we have begun to relive the 18th century when in 1878, the first electric streetlight, which used arc lamps called “Yablochkov candles” were used in Paris, France.

    All things considered, this highly needed national project is not about image control because the nation is energy deprived and such deprivation has become a major impediment to building the kinds of infrastructures and creating the kinds of jobs needed for economic recovery.

    The astronomical consequences of Weah’s reckless behavior are immeasurable. And what is most glaring about some of the decisions he takes concerning where he is leading the country, is his refusal to listen to advice meant to be put him on the proper course.

    Of late, news is already circulating, a severe rationing of electricity in Monrovia and its environs has commenced because the output from the current power generators is not enough to power the streetlights and at the same time power homes, offices, business places, and so forth.

    Does Weah have advisors? And if so, how are they advising him? How does he draw his conclusions? Wow!

  2. Who are those sick people unscrewing knots from light poles? I hope the president is saying the truth too, because we know “Mr. Liar Man”.

    Eeeeeeeeh yah, Liberia!
    Something that does not even make any news in Cote d’Ivoire is making headlines in a country more than 170 years old, what a pity! When are you going to get to the regional capital with the constant meagre annual budget and snail-paced development rate?

    The president has promised extending electrification to all the 15 counties, great preso! But Mr. President, let’s think about one thing: the urban, regional, town, city and rural planning of our country.
    Liberia has qualified architects, city and town planners. Hire the most prolific to start something genuine, upon which other administrations will build. If not, you may be making the tasks difficult for us (ANC), as we may have to eliminate some streets or houses or public edifices. It will be a waste of precious resources and time.
    Every city, town and region should be laid out; electrification plan, water piping system, sewage system, waste disposal site, streets, residential areas, etc.
    Besides some parts of Monrovia and concession areas in the hinterland, most of Liberia is just stupid with no head or tail. Let’s put an end to it. We call this FIX, start it, Mr. President!

    You see, you call yourself Gbegbekugeh, but you aren’t. You are following everything Ellen wrote and left for you. If you were a Gbekegbeh, you could have associated all political parties to provide experts in every sector to create a blueprint for Liberia or textually adopt what Tolbert was implementing before his unfortunate demise. Instead, you have made it your mission to kill the few educated people in the country, do you think the others are going to come home to help? NO, preso!

    In Ghana and the Ivory Coast, any incoming president simply looks at the blueprint left by JJ Rawlings (may the soul of this great African rest in peace) or Houphouet and channel his policy or development based on the country’s blueprint.
    But Dr. Weah wants us to say, “oh, the president is doing well by building roads”. And it is sad to inform your partisan that you have not started one complete road project of your own yet, but rather Ellen’s.

    Gbekugebh, let’s start FIXES for Liberia; a sustainable development!

  3. Though it is true that our Central Streets are being electrified, that is not the picture of how it looks. The picture downloaded and posted by Daily Observers shows that the poles are planted in the Middle of the street while the reality is the poles are planted at both sides of the street.
    I want to appreciate the GOL for electrifying our Central Streets and hope for more changes in the remaining 1st term years and 2nd term to come.

  4. Can A Monkey Bleach Its Black Palm?

    Those who were raining guns and bombs on the people and street lights for 14 years are right in our midsts. Some even went as far as saying “ let them level the entire city, or country, we will build it again.” God could have it, they had the luxury of serving for 144 months as chief executive. In my wildest imagination, not even a candle or lantern was lit in darkness.

    However, since DEMONIZING WEAH is lightening rod for galvanizing a come back, we are yet to see criticism of any wrongdoer than WEAH. We shall see if a monkey can bleach its black palm.

    Mamadu Bah (N/P)

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