Wednesday, June 19, 2013 08:29
Solid Rock Investment, Inc. Boosts Government 150 Days Deliverables...As CEO Seton Praised By Pres.
It was quite a moment of nonstop celebration, joy and excitement on Monday, 13 August 2012in the Gbonota, Menquelleh Clan, Walapolu Chiefdom, Sanoyea District, Bong County when President Ellen Johnson officially dedicated the Totota-Piata Road and bridge to show case the Liberian Swedish Feeder Roads Project as a model for Liberia's Rural Road infrastructure development.
The dedication ceremony of the development projects in Gbonota, Sanoyea District, Bong County brought together elders, chiefs, marketers, local party members, youth and residents of the area as well as official of Government, and scores of rural dwellers who could back their feelings as they chanted, danced and glorified God for president Sirleaf's development initiatives aimed at reducing poverty and bringing relieveto farmers through farm to market road and access to primary health as well as a guaranteed for the establishment of future primary education for their children in the area and surrounding counties including Gbapolu and Lofa.
During the historic ceremony, it was underscored that because of the high level cooperation from the locals additional access roads and the marker ground was cleared by Solid Rock Investment Inc. at no cost to connect Piata to the St. Paul River as a place for marketers to sell their goods after it was brought in from across the St. Paul River which connect Gbarpolu, Lofa and Bong counties.
The construction of the Gbonota-Piata Road and Bridge by Solid Rock Investment Inc. created a historical moment that allowed President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf drive to Piata thus becoming the first President of Liberia since 1847 to visit Piata something she could hold back her excitement and certification but to shower praises on Solid Rock Investment Inc. Chief Executive Officer William B. Seton for performing a job well done to change theing," branding of perception of Liberian contractors.
President Sieleaf promised to cooperatively work with construction contractors in an effort rebuild Liberia by creating jobs and growth saying, “We will support you and continue to work with you as long as these results remains the same”.
During her stay in Piata, the President spent few hours with local dwellers of the town especially the elderly women who she shared gifts with.
Earlier, before she drove to Piata, President Sirleaf said there is a need for stakeholders meeting to address the issues raised by a Liberian Contractor, Chief Executive Officer of West Wood, Mr. S.B. Cooper concerning' special privileges' given to international companies as it relates to duty free, low bank charges on interest rates and short term payment of loan by Liberian companies as factors which hampers the timely and efficient execution of projects.
President Sirleaf said she would like to see more Liberian contractors at such they need to be encouraged and not discouraged.
The Public Works Minister, after receiving the newly constructed bridge from Solid Rock Investment Inc. through its Project Manager, Mr. Christian H. Woart expressed heartfelt gratitude to the contractors saying, “this is poverty reduction for the of Liberia” noting that it create easy access for transportation, increase weekly markets activities and brings the buyers to the farmers.
The program was climaxed by cutting of the ribbon to the Mehn Bridge and a drive to Gbonota to Piata where the 8.2km road ends. See pictorial on the historic dedication