Liberia’s President George Manneh Weah has told his first cabinet retreat in Buchanan, Grand Bassa County that he has a special project to remove and replace huts along the highway in the 15 counties here, saying he knows how painful it is to sleep in huts.
His pronouncement on Thursday, 17 May confirmed a US$70m project just announced by Minister of State for Presidential Affairs Nathaniel McGill that feasibility study was being done to upgrade an estimated 4,000 rural housing on the highway for the poor people.
Mr. Weah says he is very serious about his special project to remove and replace huts on the highway in the 15 counties by decent ones and electrify them, telling Cabinet and development partners that he lived in the village before and he knows how painful it is to sleep in huts.
He urges those that are responsible for the feasibility study on this project to be flexible, recalling how a clergy challenged him that as successor of former President Ellen Johnson – Sirleaf, “we don’t want to hear” challenges and feasibilities.
Earlier, Mr. Nathaniel McGill said President Weah places high priority in the area of road, noting that he places premium on some areas because he will not achieve everything at once.
In a presentation of the president’s priority projects and other priorities for the next six months, the Coordinator of the President’s Delivery Unit (PDU) Michael P. Korkpor named 14 key priorities identified by the unit.
They include payment of West African Senior Certificate Examination (WASCE) fees, credit line for the private sector, installation of 736 street lights in strategic parts of Monrovia and surroundings, digitization of state – run University of Liberia (UL) student registration and government – run John F. Kennedy (JFK) Hospital equipment and facility upgrading.
Others include laying the first brick for the 14 Military Hospital, RAP for Sanniquellie to Loguatuo Road project and First Lady Clar Weah’s humanitarian outreach project, among others.
At the ongoing Cabinet, Liberia’s partners including the UN, US, EU, and World Bank are assuring their commitments in working with the Weah – led government. UNFPA Resident Representative Mr. Oluremi Sogunro extends deepest appreciation for inviting the UN systems to participate in the historic development.
By Winston W. Parley