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The former head of the Infrastructure Implementation Unit (IIU) at the Ministry of Public Works Akindele Beckley has described atmosphere at the ministry as a driving force behind his success.

He has urged staff of the Public Works Ministry to focus on policy formulation and coordination to transform the Infrastructure Implementation Unit to a National Road Authority which could be achieved through study tours in countries like Kenya, Namibia and Ethiopia with similar experience.

According to a press release, Mr. Beckley portrayed Public Works Minister Samuel Kofi Woods as the best minister he has ever worked within his 67 years of existence on earth.

Sharing his experience with Infrastructure Implementation Unit during an honoring program held over the weekend, Mr. Beckley said he enjoyed the atmosphere and environment under which he steered the affairs of the unit under the administration of Minister Woods.

The expatriate joined the ministry in 2009 where he worked as Program Director of the IIU. Prior to his appointment as head of IIU, Mr. Beckley worked in several countries including Sierra Leone and Ghana.

The outgoing IIU boss, whose tenure has ended, thanked the Public Works Ministry for the honor bestowed on him and at the same time recommended the setting up of a road fund to be used exclusively for operation cost and road maintenance.

In response, Public Works Minister, Samuel Kofi Woods, commended Mr. Akindele Beckley for his contribution to the rebuilding process of Liberia by timely and successfully executing all projects entrusted to him.

As head of the Infrastructure Implementation Unit (IIU), Mr. Beckley managed several World Bank funded projects in Liberia, including Monrovia city streets, King Zulu Duma Bridge (former Vai Bridge), Monrovia-Buchanan highway and concluded arrangements leading to the signing of the Redlight to Gbarnga highway, etc.

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