A bridge linking the Duan Town community with the Barnersville Estates, outside Monrovia has been dedicated. The bridge is the first to be constructed in the area since the establishment of the community by Robert Duan Moore in 1916.
On Sunday, the over-populated Duan Town Community witnessed the movement of vehicles for the first time across the new constructed bridge that costs US$54,000.00. The project was undertaken by the Liberia Agency Community Empowerment or LACE, in collaboration with residents of the Duan Town community.
The Duan Town Community Chairman, madam Philomena T. Freeman, who work tirelessly for the success of the project, recounted the difficulties experienced during the construction of the bridge, expressing gratitude to God and residents of the community for its dedication.
Madam Freeman said the difficulties encountered by students and residents while going to school, market and work were now over, as they would no longer remove shoes to walk through water to get to their destinations.
“Since 1986 I entered this Duan Town community and took over as chairlady a year ago, every morning I will sit and watch students and community dwellers going to school and parents going to the market without shoes and slippers at certain points to cross and get to their destinations; I was never happy over this because this is the main road in and out of the community. We worked very hard until we came in contact with LACE, and today, we are celebrating,” said the Duan Town Community Chairman.
“But let this message go out to our stakeholders that Duan Town lacks basic living materials such as light, as well as hospital, among others,” Madam Freeman noted.
The guest speaker at the dedicatory ceremony and businessman-turned politician Benoni Urey congratulated the community for the new bridge, urging residents of the community and parts adjacent to properly utilize it so that it lasts longer.
Mr. Urey promised to work with the community in ensuring light in the community. He assured community members that he would make available his yellow machines, trucks and two barrows of fuel for the reconditioning of the roads in Duan Town.
The businessman-turned politician also warned residents of the community and Nyanford Town against carelessness in deciding who to vote for in the upcoming December senatorial elections.
Mr. Urey told residents of the two communities that it was time for Liberians take back what was rightfully theirs and avoid making the same mistakes they made nine years and three years ago. He also warned them against allowing just anyone to fool them with money or rice in exchange of their votes.