President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has urged leaders of Grand Bassa County to allot a portion of their County Development Fund (CDF) to support the ongoing Costal Defense Project in Buchanan City.
Engineers from the Ministries of Land, Mines and Energy, Public Works and State for Presidential Affairs in collaboration with the U.N. Development Program (UNDP) are undertaking the Coastal Defense Project to halt sea erosion in the Fanti Town community on Atlantic Street in Buchanan city.
The intervention of the government is in response to pleas by Grand Bassa citizens to save the city of Buchanan from being wiped away by sea erosion.
According to the Liberia News Agency, President Sirleaf made the call over the weekend when she inspected work being done in the affected area in Buchanan.
She said while it is true that the Liberian Government was financing the project, it is also incumbent upon the county’s leadership to allot a portion of their CDF to help save their city.
President Sirleaf pointed out that the Liberian Government was committed to carrying out similar interventions in all areas being threatened by sea erosion in the country.
She, meanwhile, commended the Liberian engineers involved for the professional manner in which they are carrying out the work.
Earlier, the Minister of Lands, Mines and Energy Dr. Patrick Sendolo expressed satisfaction with the work and indicated that negotiations for the ongoing project, which started three years ago will help.
According to Minister Sendolo, the work is being done in phases and the Liberian Government is spending US$1.8 million on the first phase of the project which is expected to end in February.
Thereafter, he said, government will determine the way forward in helping the people of Grand Bassa to contain the erosion in the county’s capital.
Government’s assistance in halting the advancing erosion threatening Buchanan has been greatly welcomed by Grand Bassa citizens who praised President Sirleaf for the timely intervention.