The Public Works Ministry and the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL) Engineering Battalion have dedicated the Billy Bridge in Sinje, Gawula District Grand Cape Mount County.
The bridge was constructed in collaboration with the Pakisnstani Contingent of the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL). The cost of the bridge is put at US$85,000.00.
Speaking at the dedicatory ceremony in Sinje, recently, Public Works Deputy Minister for Technical Services, Jenkins Messo, said the length of the bridge is eighty-one feet and is among twenty-one Billy Bridges donated to the Liberian Government through the World Bank assistance programs here.
Minister Messo praised UNMIL and other international partners for their developmental support towards the government recovery programs.
“The bridge will make a significant impact on the lives of Liberians in the western region particularly improving the agriculture sector of the district” he said.
Also speaking at the dedicatory program, UNMIL Force Commander, Brigadier General Sankeda Adzar, said the bridge will serve as a major link in connecting other parts of the country.
According to him, the bridge will bring relief to the people, especially farmers in terms of buttressing the Poverty Reduction Strategy (PRS) or ‘lift Liberia Up’.
General Adzar said though UNMIL is at the moment executing its draw down process, he, however, pledged the mission’s support in partnering with the Government of Liberia through the Ministry of Public Works in improving the infrastructure development of the country.
Gawula District Commissioner, Mr. Mambu Sonii, thanked the government through the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL) Engineering Battalion and UNMIL for the project.
He said this will go a long way in the minds of his people. He then appealed to government to continue to extend her reconstruction programs to other parts of Grand Cape Mount, especially Porkpa District.
By Zinnah Cassel, Grand Cape Mount