By Morrison O.G. Sayon
Thousands of Liberians including President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf , United States Ambassador, Debora Malac, World Bank-Liberia Country Manager, IngunaDobraJa as well as senior Government officials turned out yesterday under a heavy downpour of rain to witness ceremony marking the official dedication of the newly constructed Caldwell Bridge which was named as the Jacob S. Milton Bridge.
Making remarks at the ceremony, President Sirleaf lauded the World Bank for its numerous contributions to the rebuilding process of Liberia and other partners including the People’s Republic of China for their assistance to Liberia.
She also thanked the Public Works Minister, William Gyude Moore and his team for the level of works ongoing in the country and added that the completion of the Caldwell Bridge is part of her administration’s fulfillment of promises made to the Liberian people.
Also speaking, Minister Moore said the bridge was designed by the Engineers to last for 100 years. He called on residents of Cardwell and those using the road to take care of the bridge saying, “You must help us take care of the bridge.”
Moore said there are people who are undermining bridges across the country especially in Montserrado where people are mining sand. He, at the same time, assured that the Logan Town Road will be rehabilitated during the dry season and called on the citizens to be patient.
For his part, Finance, Development and Planning Minister, Amara Konneh paid tribute to those who contributed to the construction of the bridge. He said since President Sirleaf’s reign, she has remained focused on aggressive road projects throughout the country.
Konneh added that it is hard to remember how roads in the country were terrible in 2006. He said the construction of roads is part of the Government’s Poverty Reduction Strategy (PRS) and lauded the World Bank especially its Country Manager, Dobraja for her leadership role in the construction of the bridge.