- location:Monrovia, Liberia, West Africa
President Sirleaf Dedicates Liberia's First Post-War Traffic Lights
President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has dedicated Liberia’s first post-war traffic lights in the capital. The President said the installation of the traffic lights would help control vehicular traffic within the city of Monrovia and to a larger extent protect the lives of people.
The re-introduction of traffic lights in Liberia during the 26th season would also assist the Liberia National Police in its regulation of the movement of vehicles. Observers say the return of traffic lights is a sign of modernization and progress because throughout the world traffic lights are important for the control of the movement of pedestrians and vehicles.
However, the President expressed regrets over the growing wave of crime in the country and the manner in which criminals vandalize government’s infrastructure.
President Sirleaf said government will deal drastically with those who would be found engaging in such ugly practice.
The Liberian Leader said government will shortly relocate the Ma Juah Market and clean the Montserrado River in order to give the city facelift. She said this may cause bad feelings but Liberia needs to be developed.
Also speaking at the program, Public Works Minister, Atty. Samuel Kofi Woods called on collaborating partners in the infrastructural sector to join in the efforts of protecting public facilities from vandalism.
Minister Woods said the day is significant to every Liberian because it is the beginning of molding the minds of people. The Public Works Minister said his ministry would work with the Ministry of Justice and other law enforcement agencies to ensure that the theft of public facilities in the country is curtailed.
Minister Woods used the occasion to call on the media to launch an aggressive campaign aimed at educating the public on the significance of protecting and maintaining public facilities.
The Public Works Minister disclosed that there are more traffic lights which are expected to be installed before Christmas this year at the following locations: the Johnson and Broad Streets Junction, Broad and Randall Streets, Du-port Road, and Tubman Boulevard, UN and Somalia Drive, and ELWA Junction, Old Road and Catholic Hospital Junctions.
Other areas include Red-Light, Bassa Community, Vamoma House, Lynch Street and UN Drive, 12th Street, and Somalia Drive, SKD and Tubman Boulevards junction and the SDA Cooper road and Tubman Boulevard intersection.
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