About 185 years after the establishment of Buchanan City in 1833, Vice President Jewel Howard Taylor has broken grounds for the construction of a 1.5 kilometre road leading to the Fairground in Buchanan, Grand Bassa County.
The project was part of the promises of President George Manneh Weah and now Representative Matthew Joe, who ran a joint campaign during the 2017 presidential and legislative elections.
The Fairground road when completed will give a face-lift to the Executive Pavilion, Police and National Elections Commission headquarters and the Buchanan City Hall, among other public offices in Buchanan City.
It will also create easy access to the community that hosts the Superintendent’s compound and the Doris Williams Sports Stadium.
The road is also part of the feeder roads project in the National Plan of the Ministry of Public Works for construction as promised by President Weah.
Speaking during the ground breaking ceremony at the weekend, Vice President Taylor assured the residents that government remains committed to improving the lives of its citizens, as evidenced by the ongoing road projects across the country.
Chief Taylor encouraged the Grand Bassa County leadership to help ensure the attainment of President Weah’s dream of connecting the nation by roads, and made available 500 gallons of fuel for the GBCC and Kilby Street roads pavement with a charge to every member of the Bassa Legislative Caucus to follow suit.
The ground breaking ceremony was graced by House Speaker Bhofal Chambers, Public Works Minister Mobutu Nyenpan and his team, the Grand Bassa County local leadership and Legislative Caucus as well as religious and traditional leaders and a mass turnout of citizens.
Addressing the audience, Public Works Minister Nyenpan lauded the Grand Bassa leadership, especially Electoral District #3 Representative Matthew Fairplay Joe ,who chairs the Committee on Public Works at the lower House, for the advocacy role played in the realization of the project.
“President Weah has decided that in each county capital, we will pave three kilometres of road; that’s the way our government can impact the nation holistically,” Minister Nyenpan said.
According to him, the project is estimated to be completed in eight months, but said the Ministry will ensure that the construction company ‘Sidani Group Holding-Connecting Liberia’ climaxes the work within six months.
Meanwhile, Nyenpan has urged the citizens to take ownership of the project through robust monitoring and avoid being anti-development.