Public Works Minister Samuel Woods says there’s an urgent need for the expansion of Somalia Drive because it serves as a major route for the growing traffic in Monrovia.
Somalia Drive connects major entry points of Duala and Red-light as well as the Freeport of Monrovia on Bushrod Island.
Minister Woods comment came at a brief meeting with the Japanese Ambassador to Liberia Naota Nikai when he paid a courtesy visit at the Ministry of Public Works on Tuesday, August 16, 2011.
At the meeting, Woods recounted several initiatives undertaken by the Japanese government through the Japan International Corporation Agency (JICA) in the areas of transport sector and the master plan of the city of Monrovia.
He expressed sympathy to the government and people of Japan for the unfortunate situation with the recent twin disasters which took away the lives and properties of that sisterly country but prayed for God’s blessing for the recovery of the country.
Woods acknowledged Ambassador Nikai that JICA has played a significant role in transferring knowledge to local MPW employees as well as doing some works in reconnecting the missing links around Montserrado County.
For his part, Ambassador Naota Nikai said despite the situation which affected Japan, his government was committed to maintaining and building the lasting relationship with Liberia and helping to support its infrastructure development.
He however disclosed that the Japanese Government will shortly send a technical team to study and assess the Somalia Drive road on seeking the possibility of moving forward in the rehabilitation of the road. He said although his government will be looking at several developmental agenda of Liberia, greatest priority will be given to infrastructure development.
He similarly thanked the administration of the Public Works Ministry for the usual cooperation with Japanese team visiting the country. Ambassador Nikai acknowledged however ‘the fast pace’ in which infrastructures were being rehabilitated in the country stating “we will be happy to see the continuation and pace of this kind of work in Liberia”.