President Weah, who gave the caution on Monday, July 26, 2021 when he formally dedicated the constructed Japanese Freeway, reminded Liberians, particularly those along the road that the collective responsibility in the maintenance of the gift from Japan to Liberia is the surest way of demonstrating the continuous appreciation to the Japanese Government and its people. The Liberian Chief Executive also warned residents not to build makeshift market stalls on the road, throw garbage in the gutters and drainages and throw trash on the road.
While showering praises on the Government and People of Japan for their traditionally impactful contributions to Liberia’s development and peace, he described the completion of the double-lane highway as a great relief that comes with the free movement of people and goods and a boost to the local economy in communities along the highway and beyond. Like the President, we too are very elated for the completion of the road built from a grant provided by the Government of Japan. In this vein, we join the President in enthusiastically commending the Government and People of Japan for such in the words of the President “the most wonderful gift to Liberia on the occasion marking its 174th Independence Day Celebration”.
It can be recalled that several years before and during its construction, we learnt, the highway’s cramped and dilapidated condition made travelling from the Freeport of Monrovia to the commercial hub of Red Light a nauseating experience that some inhabitants and businesses along the road took temporary refuge to other communities. With the latest landmark infrastructure development, it is very important all of us as responsible citizens and residents take ownership of this modern double-lane highway. By so doing, it will encourage the Government and People of Japan including other partners to do more in helping to tackle the infrastructure deficit our country faces. To this end, we again call on every one to heed the President’s caution as it relates to the maintenance of the newly dedicated Japanese Freeway for the betterment of our beloved country, Liberia.