-Breaks Ground for 150-Bed Hospital in Buchanan; dedicates road, refurbished sports pitch
President George Weah has assured citizens of Grand Bassa County of his government’s commitment to taking more development to the county while dedicating and breaking ground projects.
Speaking on Wednesday, April 21, 2021, during an engagement with citizens at the Fair Ground in “Own Your Own” Community, Buchanan, which brought together chiefs, women, youths, the elderly, and national and local officials, the President reiterated his focus on decentralizing government to meet the needs of people in the rural areas.
“We want to ensure that with the remaining three years, we decentralize government and ensure that we focus on the people who are in the rural areas. Most have been done in Montserrado County and now is the time to go to the rural parts of the country,” President Weah said.
President Weah also broke ground for the construction of a 150-bed hospital in Buchanan and dedicated the newly constructed road to the Fair Ground, greeted with excitements and jubilation.
President Weah said groundbreaking for the hospital is an expression of the government’s huge priority attached to the health sector and strongly believes that, when completed, it will help the country’s health sector greatly.
“In a short time, Grand Bassa will have light. We have our own initiative, which is the Presidential Project that continues to provide lights for our people by electrifying places. Upon my departure from Bassa, you will have streetlights,” President Weah told citizens of Bassa.
President Weah called on the Bassa Legislative Caucus to continue to work together to ensure that there is no hindrance in bringing development to the entire citizenry of Grand Bassa County.
He said though he won the first round of the 2005 presidential elections and was cheated, he still continues to keep the peace of Liberia, stating “it’s because I believe in Liberia.”
He lauded the Grand Bassa Legislative Caucus for keeping the county peaceful and called on them to use dialogue to solve problems arising in the county.
“If Liberia is peaceful, our roads will be built. We will ensure that whatever happens everyone will sit at the table and have it discussed. We have free school today because of the peace. The first day in office, I saw students protesting due to high tuition and I asked them whether free tuition would make them happy and they said yes, and today, we have tuition-free,” President Weah said.
Grand Bassa County Superintendent Janjay Baikpeh named several projects undertaken since ascending to the position as the chief administrator of the county.
“We have the Forestry Development Authority hall and we have the construction of commissioner’s compound resident in District #1 and a market hall as well. In District #2, we also have some projects ongoing which are funded through the county social development funds,” Superintendent Baikpeh said through a PowerPoint presentation.
The President also dedicated the newly refurbished Dorris Williams Sports Pitch in Buchanan, Grand Bassa County. The project was funded by the world football governing body, FIFA, and implemented by the Liberia Football Association (LFA).
The refurbishment now gives the pitch an international look and well prepared to host national and regional football matches, and was inspected by FIFA representatives in-country.
Ahlaji Diof, FIFA Special Representative in West Africa, Liberia Football Association President, Mustapha Raji, Youth and Sports Minister, Zeogar Wilson, and scores of citizens witnessed the dedication ceremony on Wednesday, April 21, 2021.
Meanwhile, President Weah is being accompanied by current and former officials including National Port Authority Managing Director Bill Twehway, Commerce Minister Mawine Diggs, Information Minister Ledgerhood Rennie, former Gender Minister Julia Duncan Cassell, Former Foreign Affairs Minister Gbehzohngar M. Findley, and others.