South Sudan, AWERIAL:- President Salva Kiir Mayardit on Monday inaugurated the Juba – Bahr El Ghazal highway. The President inaugurated the construction of phase- two of the greater Bahr El Ghazal road project following the completion of phase-one tarmac road by Shandong Highspeed company in Terekeka County, Central Equatoria State.
In his keynote address, President Kiir said the road network would improve security and promote inter-state trade among the four neighbouring States of Lakes, Western Bahr El Ghazal, Warrap and the Abyei Administrative Area.
“I came here in 2019 during my tour of Greater Bahr el Ghazal. Today, I came again with the same objective of wanting this road constructed. Having good roads will improve security because it will allow law enforcement agencies to reach trouble spots quickly. You, as citizens, will be able to conduct business with neighbouring towns and communities,” said President Kiir reiterated.
President Kiir further appealed to the chiefs and the communities residing along the highway to cooperate with the construction companies and protect construction workers.
“I am urging you, especially the chiefs, to cooperate with the construction companies. Work together to find solutions that accommodate your common interest. I do not want to repeat the same mistakes in phase one of this project, where some communities refused to provide a site for the Murram excavation. I am calling upon you to protect construction workers as the road passes through your communities. Whenever you have a misunderstanding with these workers, report your case to relevant authorities for settlement,” President Kiir echoed.
Residents of Juba are very excited about this beginning and appreciate the work of the President by saying, “Great work, my President”.
Another user said, “The call to chiefs and communities along the road to cooperate with construction companies has come at its right time. A tarmac road comes with development and security. Congratulations, Your Excellency, for inaugurating the Juba-Terekeka section of the road.”