The NEWS (Monrovia)

Liberia: Govt. Announces U.S.$5.5 Million to Pave Voinjama City

The Government of Liberia has announced the pavement of 6.85 kilometer streets in Voinjama City, Lofa County.

The street project would jointly be financed by the governments of Liberia and Sweden, under a cost-sharing agreement of US$5,435,323.00.

Public Works Minister Samuel Kofi Woods told a news conference Tuesday that the pavement of Voinjama streets would last for three years.

Minister Woods disclosed that due to the seriousness attached to the project, President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf would lead an array of government officials to Voinjama City this Saturday to break grounds for the project to commence.

Minister Woods said the project is being carried out under the ambit of Liberia-Swedish Feeder Road Project (LSFRP), under a cooperation agreement signed in 2009.

He said as part of the agreement, the Liberian Government will provide US$3,256,279.00 for the pavement of 4.30 kilometer, while the government of Sweden through its development arm, Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA) will provide US$2,179,043.00 to pave 2.56 Kilometer.

Minster Woods said the project to pave Voinjama City streets is among the 15 provisional capitals in the country.

"This demonstrates the government of Liberia's commitment to ensure that all cities in the country are given face-lift," he indicated.

Minister Woods noted that the project represents a major component of government's infrastructure strategy to expand on urban renewal programs outside of Monrovia and address the plight of urban dwellers who suffer environmental difficulties.

Questioned as to why the streets pavement in Voinjama is being prioritized over the Gbarnga-Lofa road pavement, Minister Woods said there were feasibility studies ongoing on the road, and as soon as the study is concluded, the project will commence.

"The rehabilitation works included grading and construction of new concrete bridges, the installation of reinforced concrete pipe culverts as well as box culverts. This investment is a major fulfillment of government's policy to change all logs bridges to reinforce concrete bridges corrugated metal culverts to reinforce concrete culverts," Minister Woods added.

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