Coastal Defence On Course

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… Weah Expresses Delight

President George Manneh Weah on Monday expressed satisfaction over the level of work done thus far on the New Kru Town Coastal Defence system.

President Weah, who toured several ongoing development projects in Montserrado County, including the coastal defence project in the Borough of New Kru Town recently, said he was impressed by the level of work done so far and encouraged the contractors to continue the great job.

“You have made significant progress so far; to see young Liberians involved in engineering work makes me proud, because this work you are carrying out gives our people hope and I encourage you to continue to do what you are doing,” the Liberian leader emphasized.

In response, the resident engineer and consultant of the Coastal and Ocean Defence Project, John Nyemah Natt, assured President Weah that his team will do all it can to save the lives and properties of the people of New Kru Town from sea erosion and the vagaries of climate change.

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Natt explained that they are working hard to curb the current rate of the ocean intrusion inland, which is moving at an increasing level for which they are building a revetment with large rocks to save the back shore.

He noted that prior to the construction of the coastal defence, the erosion had wiped away the entire beach and as such, they decided to first fill the backshore with boulders and do the revetment from the offshore in order to mitigate the strength of the wave.

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During the president’s visit, several residents trooped to the scene and were dancing and singing songs of praises to President Weah for prioritizing the building of the coastal defence which has brought them relief from sea erosion over the past few months.

“We no longer go to bed harboring fear that our houses will be washed away by sea erosion since the construction of the coastal defence project,” Martha Hinneh, a resident of the D. Twe Community told the Liberia News Agency in an exclusive interview.

Madam Hinneh said the people of New Kru Town, especially those residing along the beach shore are grateful to the Liberian leader for taking such bold step to build a coastal defence to save the lives and properties of ordinary Liberians.

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Other projects inspected by President Weah include the Doe Community Road, the Voker Mission Road and the Chucky Taylor Road.

During the inspection of the Doe Community Road project, hundreds of residents of the area lined the main street in jubilation over the project.

Many of the residents, including motorbike and tricycle riders expressed joy over the construction of a paved road in the community which, they said, will make movement easy as oppose to the past.

Mark Sebboh, a motorcyclist, noted that the road project will also reduce traffic congestion along the Clara Town to Freeport as well as the Clara Town to Doe Community roads.

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