Fish Town, River Gee County: President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has broken grounds for Phase II of the Mano River Union Road Development and Transport Facilitation Programme that will lead to the asphalt concrete paving from Karloken in Maryland County to Fish Town, River Gee County.
According to an Executive Mansion release, President Sirleaf performed the ground breaking ceremony on Friday, March 25, 2017 in Fish Town City, River Gee County. The project, which is estimated at US$108 million – financed by the African Development Bank Fund while the implementing partner is China Henan International Cooperation Group Co. Ltd (CHICO)
President Sirleaf used the occasion to commend the African Development Bank Group and CHICO for their commitment to the project. She expressed optimism that Liberia will have an Express road network, which will be up to international standards adding.
The Liberian leader said when the road is completed, it will boost trade, commerce and economic activities as well enhance culture diversity among other things. She indicated that paving this road is a milestone in Liberia’s economic development. She said the need to standardize the quality of the road will further enhance greater aspiration of the country and promote economic growth and development.
For her part, the Resident Representative of the African Development (AfDB) Ms. Margret Kilo said project signifies a historic moment for Liberia and the African Development Bank in several respects. She noted that this project will help open up the Southeast of Liberia, which will assist in the delivery of government services such as health and education. Madam Kilo pointed out that the project was appraised and negotiated during the peak of the Ebola crises, which called for the Government and partners to take extraordinary measures to ensure the project continue as scheduled. She furthered it will enhance trade and interconnection for Cote d’ Ivoire, Guinea and Liberia, especially when the full 510km stretch from Harper to Ganta is paved.
She noted that Phase II covers 96 kilometer, and includes support for bridge over the Cavalla River between Maryland in Liberia and San Pedro in Cote d’Ivoire. She noted AfDB appreciates the importance of roads to national economic development, and a boost Liberia’s Agricultural Transformation Agenda (LATA).
The Ceremony was graced by senior government officials including Citizens of Maryland and River Gee led by their Superintendent, Legislative Caucuses, and international partners among others.