LIBERIA: Sweden To Finish US$32m Feeder Roads In 2014

The Swedish Embassy has disclosed that it will complete the final portion of the 580km feeder roads it undertook to rehabilitate in Liberia by the end of 2014.

Already, 446km has been completed, with the rest expected to be completed before December 31, 2014, according to the Program Officer at the Swedish Embassy in Monrovia, Jallah Kennedy.

Kennedy said the Swedish and Liberian Governments entered into an agreement worth US$32 million in July 2009 to rehabilitate a total of 580km of feeder roads in Lofa, Bong and Nimba counties.

He said the donation is based on the understanding that the reconstruction of infrastructure has the potential to create jobs for the unemployed in the country.

Kennedy said it is also advised by the fact that the Liberian Government has identified the construction of roads as one of its priorities under its Agenda for Transformation (AFT).

Kennedy made the remarks recently at the Liberian-Swedish Feeder Roads Project Leaflets launch at a local hotel in Monrovia.

He said the Swedish Government on the other hand recognizes that inaccessibility of roads negatively impacts national security, noting that lack of adequate infrastructure will hinder Liberia’s ability to reduce poverty.

He indicated that the overall objective of this development intervention is to ensure that poverty reduction is sustained through access to basic social services, combined with income generating activities through collaboration with other donors.

The program Officer at the Swedish Embassy pointed out that the project is intended to improve accessibility for agricultural produce to reach markets and facilitate the improvement of social services, particularly in the health and education sectors.

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