On Thursday, September 5, 2013, the Government of Liberia(GoL) signed a US$64 million loan agreement with the African Development Bank (AfDB) for the commencement of the first phase of the pavement of the Fish Town to Harper highway.
The loan agreement, after it is ratified by the National Legislature, will begin the pavement of about 50km of the 125km Fish Town -Harper road project.
The agreement, we are told, will bring development to the historically marginalized south eastern region, as well as facilitate commerce that will eventually boost national economy.
The road project, we are further told, will also improve access to health centers and schools as well as create employment opportunities for close to five hundred Liberians and will help train Liberian engineers for maintenance of roads around the country.
The current road project, we have learnt, is part of the Mano River Union(MRU) Initiative Transport component, which when completed, the entire Harper to Ganta highway should be completely paved linking Liberia to Guinea and Cote d'Ivoire.
We have also learnt that the project will also see the construction of a bridge eventually on the Cavalla River linking to San Pedro in Cote d'Ivoire.
We welcome the signing of the US$64 million loan agreement. We consider this loan agreement as a big boost to the reconstruction drive of our country following over decade of armed conflict.
This is why we are commending the AfDB for the provision of this loan and encourage the bank to continue its support for the rejuvenation of our country.
On the other hand, we plead with members of the National Legislature for the timely ratification of the loan agreement to enable government conclude all arrangements including procurement before the dry season starts.
It is our ardent hope that the lawmakers will ratify the loan agreement quickly for the commencement of the road project.