We categorically condemn the threat of potential theft, sand mining and other dangerous activities under the newly dedicated US$16m King Zolu Duma Bridge (former Vai Town Bridge) by some unscrupulous individuals at the detriment of the Liberian government and people. We consider the act by those unscrupulous individuals as uncivilized, heartless and wicked.
We think those involved in this unwarranted act are truly enemies of progress and that they must be named and shamed.
We call on all meaning Liberians in also condemning the merciless act by those who want to destroy the new bridge for their selfish interests.
The news of those who want the multi-million dollar bridge destroyed was made known by Public Works Minister Samuel Kofi Woods when he spoke last Friday, December 30, 2011 at program marking the dedication of the bridge in Monrovia.
Due to the threat of potential theft, sand mining and other dangerous activities under the King Zolu Duma Bridge, Minister Woods said the government has embarked on the construction of a wall along the bridge.
President Johnson-Sirleaf, who also spoke at the program, warned that any attempt to destroy the bridge would have a “compensatory response.”
She expressed fear that the life span of the bridge would be undermined if those “bad” activities continue around the bridge.
Against this backdrop, we encourage the government to leave no stone unturned in ensuring that all those involved in this unwholesome act also arrested and prosecuted so as to protect the bridge and sustain it.
The bride belongs to Liberia and all of us must join government in owning and protecting it.
Again, we condemn the hardhearted act and want it halted immediately for the sustenance of the bridge.