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The head of the European Union delegation to Liberia Ambassador TiinaIntelmann has disclosed that the EU has contributed US$1.8 million to the Government of Liberia thru the Ministry ofPublic Works for the maintenance of the road leading from Monrovia toBo-Water side. 

She said the contribution is part of EU’s investment in the rehabilitation and development of Liberia’sroad infrastructure. Speaking on Tuesday, 1 November in Tubmanburg, Bomi County, western Liberia whenAmb. Intelmann led a delegation of EU staffs, including two Estonian Members of Parliament, Mati Raidma andMart Nutt to the county and the Mount Coffee Hydro Plant in White Plain, which is near completion, she indicated that the tripwas geared towards providing them an opportunity to learn more aboutEU’s support to Liberia and also speak directly toimplementing partners and project beneficiaries about the impactof support being provided.

She said the EU is closely working with the Ministry of Public Works (MPW) to ensure long-term maintenance of Liberia’s paved road network,including the road leading to Bo Water side in Grand Cape Mount County.

Amb.Intelmann noted that initially, the European Union directly funded road maintenance delivered by local contractors under the supervision of the Public Works Ministry with EU’s technical assistance.

The EU Envoy also said contract for the Bo Waterside road began at theend of April 2016 inclusive of routine maintenance and repairs.  Adelegation from the Estonian Parliament on Tuesday, 1 November toured EU-funded projects in Bomi County.

Bomi County Superintendent Samuel F. Brown, thankedthe EU for the level of development executed in his county and appealed for the road maintenance exercise to be extended to Bomi to facilitate farm-to-market roads.

Superintendent Brown also spoke of deplorable condition of major streets in Tubmanburg, posing difficulties for people getting to hospital, something which he said needs EU’s intervention.

The EU has also contributed 57 percent to the Mount Coffee Hydropower Rehabilitation Project with contributions by the Government ofNorway, 19percent; Germany, 18 percent; and European Investment Bank, 20 percent, respectively.

The bank supports EU development policy by financing public sectorinfrastructure projects that are vital to underpin private sectordevelopment. The Deputy Project Manager for the Hydropower, Mr. Emmanuel Lawrence expressed gratitude to all foreign donors and the Government ofLiberia for supporting the hydro project.

Mr. Lawrence called on allLiberians to treat the hydro with care and respect, stressing that huge amount of money have been invested and disclosed that by December 15, 2016 the first phase of hydro will be fully operational.

Bridgett Milton-Editing by Jonathan Browne

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