20 February 2013

Liberia: New Airport for Foya City Soon

If all goes well, Foya City, which is situated in Foya District, Lofa County will get a new airport by April of this year. The airport, when constructed, will be the first in Foya City since its establishment. According to our reporter, who has just returned from Foya City, the construction of the new airport is fast progressing, as those carrying out the construction project are leaving no stone unturned in ensuring that they complete the project on time. Our reporter disclosed that the airport project, which began last Month (January), is being implemented by the Samaritan Purse.

"The airport is 4,200 feet long and 150 feet wide," Mr. James Dayugar, Construction Manager of the airport, disclosed in a brief chat with our reporter. "I think this is the biggest progress our district has made in recent times. We are very happy and proud of this development because it will be a help to everyone of us, including the ordinary man," Mr. Joseph Tamba Gbollie, District Commissioner of Foya District, who also spoke to our reporter briefly, stated.

Upon completion in April, Commissioner Gbollie added, the airport will be dedicated by President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf under whose tenure the project is made possible. Meanwhile, several residents of Foya City have expressed happiness over the construction of the new airport. They described the latest development by the Government of Liberia as laudable.

"The airport will greatly enhance trade because we Lofians will be able to easily trade our goods and services," they said. "For me, it is good news to hear that an airport is being built in our town. I have not seen a plane physically in my life before. This will be an opportunity for me. Most besides, this will draw more investors to our district or county at large, hence, making our economy to boom," remarked one of the residents.

"When completed, the airport will be great a relief to the people of Lofa County, especially those residing in Foya District and its surrounding towns and villages who must travel through the dust and mud during the dry season and rainy season to get to their various destinations," said another resident, who only identified himself as Sah. Usually, people struggle on the roads while traveling from Monrovia to other parts of the country, and Lofa County is no exception to this, our reporter observed.

In fact, Lofa is one of the most terrible zones to travel to during the rainy due to bad roads. mud. Sometimes, an hour distance takes over three to four hours to cover or even the whole day, our reporter further observed.

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