President George Weah’s dream of transforming the northernmost portion of Liberia—Lofa County, is gradually coming to realization as the Liberian government over the weekend broke ground for the implementation of several development projects in the region.
In June 2021, whilst visiting the country during his presidential tour, the Liberian leader promised to embark on several development projects in the country.
Meanwhile, in an attempt to fulfill the President’s promise, the government of Liberia, through the Liberia Agency for Community Empowerment (LACE), over the weekend, broke grounds for the construction of several presidential projects in the Zorzor and Salayea districts, respectively.
LACE’s Executive Director, Quiwu Pepci Yeke, asserted that the projects include the construction of a modern city hall in Zorzor City, Lofa County, the construction of a town hall in Fissebu Town and as well as the construction of several pro-poor housing units in Zorzor and Salayea districts, among others.
Speaking to a group of citizens in Lofa during the ground breaking, the LACE boss assured them that the government is exerting all efforts to ensure the completion of the earmarked projects before the end of 2022 or in the early part of 2023.
“The essence of the housing units, as you all know, is that we have patients that come from far away towns and villages that are pregnant. Most of the time, we understand due to the shortage of ambulances, they are carried on motorbikes. So the President is building about 12 housing units, which will give us 24 rooms and will be constructed between Fissebu and Zorzor,”he said.
The units, according to the LACE boss will serve as maternal waiting homes for pregnant women in that part of the country.
At separate locations over the weekend, the LACE boss and his entourage were overwhelmingly received by jubilant citizens who have vowed to work alongside the government to ensure the projects are fully completed.
Our reporter said hundreds of citizens, predominately women and youths, swarmed the main streets of Salayea, Zorzor, and Fissebu to welcome the presidential delegation headed by the LACE boss.
Meanwhile, the LACE boss quoted the Liberian leader as saying that he intends to construct his home in Fissebu Town.
“The President gives me a clear message to deliver to the people of Fissebu: that in Lofa, he wants to build his house in Fissebu. So before I leave here, the landlords: you have to find that land. He wants to build his house so that when he comes to Lofa you can say that’s the President’s House there,” the LACE boss highlighted amid huge applause from the elders.
According to him, the President anticipates that the building will be constructed as soon as possible so that during his visit in January, the President will sleep in it.
At the same time, the LACE boss also presented 50 bags of rice along with L$100,000, a huge consignment of used clothes for patients, medical and assorted items to the Zorzor Current Hospital.
Both Zorzor and Fissebu are strategically located in Lofa, a few minutes’ drive away from the border with the neighboring Guinean town of Koyamah, in the forest region; as such, citizens believe these presidential projects, when completed, will boost infrastructure development in the region.
The LACC boss was accompanied by the Superintendent of Lofa County, William Tamba Kamba, the Director General of the Liberia Civil Aviation Authority (LCAA), Moses Y. Kollie, and other local leaders as well as some lawmakers.
While on his way to Lofa, the LACE boss stopped in Bong County to inspect the newly constructed housing units in Nahn Town, Bong County.
He assured citizens that the project would be completed and dedicated, hopefully in October of this year.