The newly appointed Public Works Minister, William Gyude Moore, has officially launched the first phase of the Community Infrastructure Development Project (CIDP), which runs from ELWA junction to Roberts International Airport (RIA).
According to the Public Works Minister, the CIDP project worth US$5.6 million will last for a period of three years, with commitments to guarantee that the Liberian people get the best of the deal.
Making the disclosure over the weekend at his Lynch Street office, Mr. Moore said the Ministry was committed to building roads and laying out alleys that would help provide increased access to various communities and homes throughout the country.
He further explained that the Ministry would be aggressive during this dry season in meeting up with some its plans, including opening of alleys and corridors within communities along the road, installations of sidewalks and the planting of curves.
He said the government, under the leadership of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, is committed to ensuring that the route to RIA is properly zoned, well expanded and improved, thus giving it the befitting appearance its deserves as the link to the country’s leading international airport.
Minister Moore further disclosed that the grant for the project is being funded from the Japanese Rice Monetization Program known as the Counterpart Value Fund (CVF) and will support the government of Liberia to begin proper layout of communities along the ELWA to RIA corridor.
“We want to be aggressive and move as fast as possible in the construction of roads and laying out of alleys for the smooth connections of residences. We intend to be visible and extend access to roads, especially during the rainy season.”
According to him, in Monrovia and all over Paynesville, people build anywhere they decide to build, which seriously inhibits proper layout of our cities and access to communities and homes.
“Before we came, the Ministry had already identified 42 alleys and some of them are laid out and we will verify them and work to ensure that they are properly laid out.”
The Minister disclosed that the Paynesville Corporation, the Ministry of Lands, Mines and Energy and the Liberia National Police (LNP) have already been invited to form a working group to help handle these works.
At the Cabinet level, Foreign Minister Augustine Kpehe Ngafuan has promised to work with him to ensure that the plan to enforce the construction of good roads and the laying out of alleys is realized, said Mr. Moore.
Minister Ngafuan said he was glad to participate in the official launching of the CIDP which is intended to bring “delight to the people of Liberia.”
“To be at Public Works, you must have the passion to work harder and be someone that can deliver for the people,” said Mr. Ngafuan, who is Dean of the Cabinet.
He expressed the belief that the newly appointed Minister will perform with the necessary energy, enthusiasm and strategic vision as well as with the passion of doing the Liberian people’s job.