MONROVIA, Sept. 3 (LINA) – The Government of Liberia is expected to commence the construction of a modern recreational facility at the PHP beach in Monrovia.
Speaking to the Liberia News Agency in an exclusive interview, the Minister of State Without Portfolio and head of the President Delivery Unit (PDU), Trokon Kpui, said President George Manneh Weah is of the opinion that the country lacks sufficient recreational facilities and has, therefore, decided to embark on this initiative.
Minister Kpui said during one of their travels to the Republic of Senegal in February 2018, he (Kpui) saw a massive public facility and decided to visit the scene after they left the presidential palace in Dakar, began to ask questions about the facility and found out that it was a bilateral project done by the Chinese Government.
The Minister indicated that after touring the entire facility, he returned to the hotel and later informed the President about what he had seen.
« After I had toured the entire facility I went back to the hotel and informed the President about what I saw and the President said ‘I think of doing that same project in Liberia whenever I pass by that facility,’ and he told me I want you to start working on that and so I started working on it, » Minister Kpui explained.
He also stated that during their visit to the United Arab Emirates (UAE), they drafted the project into a brochure and presented it to the Crown Prince of UAE. The President told the Prince that this is what he is anticipating to do in Liberia.
Minister Kpui noted that the president told the Prince that the youth in Liberia have not many recreation facilities and because of that they are into too much politics, while others are involved in unwholesome social behaviours.
The Minister narrated that after they returned to Liberia, the Prince sent a group of delegates to Liberia to assess the project. »
“And I took them to the site and they were very excited to see the actual vision of the President, and in December 2019 a grant of five million United States dollar was given by the Prince to carry out the project. »
The head of the President Delivery Unit (P DU) disclosed that the project will be monitored by Abu Dhabi and they have already chosen who will be their consultant to construct the facility.
PHP is one of the communities of the President’s childhood and it has also been his dream to give back to his past communities.
The president, who came from the background of sports, has decided to construct a recreational center at the PHP beach which will contain several sporting facilities such as basketball and volleyball courts, Indoor soccer pitch, gym, beach soccer, table tennis, a Unity Square and many other facilities that will be free to the public.
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