According to President George Manneh Weah, the gesture is in fulfillment of a promise he made to the people of Liberia, saying the 15 political subdivisions of the country under the Presidential pro-poor housing units’ project will benefit from the initiative. Unlike before, he said it is time to give the Liberian people dignity for their labor and to as well improve their living conditions. The Liberian leader speaking during the ground breaking ceremony on Wednesday December 2, 2020, urged the beneficiaries to take the project as their own and collaborate with the local contractors in order to meet the goals and objectives of the project.
With the resources already available and the manpower here in Nimba, he assured that the project will be completed as scheduled. “I want tell my story through the people and though they say I do not know anything, but I am doing something for my people,” President Weah asserted. Also speaking, the Executive Director of the Liberia Agency For Community Empowerment (LACE), Mr. Pepci Quiwu Yeke, disclosed that thousands of residents in over ten Towns and Villages in Nimba County will benefit from the one hundred housing units.
“The structures upon completion will be beautiful, well furnished, very comfortable and convenient with commode, face basin, electricity and many others for the respective beneficiaries,” Mr. Yeke assured the people of Nimba County. He encouraged them to take advantage of the project and maintain it for their own benefit. He mentioned that as a means of empowering the locals, all construction materials will be purchased in the Nimba County as contractors in line with the Ministry of Youth and Sports Vocational Education and Skills Training Young People Program will also build the units. “You will build your own homes and we will pay you for it,”the LACE boss further disclosed.
Following the ground breaking ceremony and in a move to fast track the project, he told the happy beneficiaries that local contractors are expected to begin work in five days’ time. Mr. Yeke added that the project will be completed in ninety days beginning Monday December 7, 2020 and will be subsequently dedicated on February 7, 2021. He put the cost of the project both in Nimba and Bong Counties at US$3m. For their part, Senator Prince Johnson and the Coalition for Democratic Change Senatorial Candidate in Nimba County Jeremiah Koung both praised President Weah and his government for expanding and increasing developments in their county.
Currently, the county is benefiting from roads infrastructure, markets and so to be one housing units upon completion in ninety days. The joyous beneficiaries singing and dancing in appreciation of the milestone project first of its kind in their villages, towns and county lauded President Weah for the initiative through their town chief. The Pawpaw Village Pro- Poor Housing Units project ground breaking is the second of its kind just in two days by President Weah and his government. It can be recalled that the President on December 1, 2020 also broke ground for the construction of also one hundred housing units in Marshamsu Town, Salala District in Bong County.