Africa

Liberia: Weah – Japan Freeway Brings Relief

At Liberia’s 174th Independence Day celebration, President George Manneh Weah dedicated a crucial Japanese – built road linking important commercial corridors of Monrovia, saying the “Japan Freeway,” formerly Somalia Drive, will bring much-needed relief to people who have long struggled with unending traffic congestion.

“The Japan Freeway will bring much-needed relief to people of this area who have long struggled with unending traffic congestion,” President Weah said during the dedication ceremony of the Japan Freeway in Gardnerville Township, Montserrado County on 26 July.

He thanked his predecessor, former President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf under whose administration the project began, for the role she played in the initiation of the project and all those involved in seeing it to completion.

“Today marks a major milestone in the development drive to improve our country’s infrastructure. As we gather here today to dedicate this crucial road linking important commercial corridors of Monrovia, we remain committed and steadfast in achieving the deliverables as set forth in the Pro-Poor Agenda for Prosperity and Development (PAPD),” he said.

On behalf of the government and people of Liberia and in his own name, President Weah thanked the government and people of Japan for this wonderful gift which was being delivered on the occasion marking Liberia’s 174th Independence Day celebration.

He said this represents one more vital step in confronting the infrastructure deficit that Liberia faces, recalling that during his visit to Japan in 2019 for the Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD), he and former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe re-committed their respective governments to continued bilateral cooperation.