TRANSPORT MINISTRY LAUNCHES AXLE LOAD CONTROL PROGRAM IN LIBERIA; AS EU HANDOVERS FOUR 4WD-NISSAN PICKUPS AND 3-WHEEL LOAD SCALES

Four vehicles were handed over to Ministry of Transport by the European Union through their Ambassador to Liberia.
Four vehicles were handed over to Ministry of Transport by the European Union through their Ambassador to Liberia.
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Monrovia, Thursday, December 3, 2020: The Government of Liberia with funding support from the European Union (EU) under the auspices of the EU’s Program: “Support for Governance in West Africa’s Transport Sector” launches on Thursday, December 3, 2020, the Axle Load Control Program in Liberia aimed at sustaining road investments by regulating overloading of vehicles by use of portable wheel load scales to help prevent early road deterioration as well as sustain a harmonized, integrated and sustainable transport network in Liberia. The launch which includes the handover of 4WD-Nissan Pickups and 3-Wheel Load Scales by the EU-Liberia for implementation of the program.

The program will provide job opportunity for Liberians, generate revenues for Government as well as enhance socio-economic development. The launching took place at the Ministry of Transport located on Carey & Warren Streets in Monrovia. During the indoor program, The EU Ambassador to Liberia, H.E. Laurent Delahousse expressed delight for the achievement and extended thanks to the Government of Liberia, ECOWAS and International Partners for the success as well as called on the Government to utilize the axle load equipment in order to achieve the objectives of the program.

Also speaking, Deputy Transport Minister for Land & Rail, Hon. J. Darious Kollie said the implementation of the axle load program is part of efforts to improve the transport sector as well as the maintenance of roads and promote a sustained integrated transport development in Liberia. Deputy Minister Kollie extended thanks and appreciation to the EU & GIZ for the level of partnership support in realizing the dream. He said consistent with the law establishing the axle load program in Liberia, the Ministry of Transport in collaboration with stakeholders will ensure the implementation of the program is a success story especially under the Administration of President George Manneh Weah. 

In a special remarks on behalf of the Minister of Finance, Hon. Samuel D. Tweah, the Deputy Minister for Economic Management, Hon. Augustus Flomo of the Ministry of Finance lauded theEuropean Union Delegation for the support to Government of Liberia. He said the axle load program will help increase socio-economic development in the transport sector of Liberia. The wheel load scales, the computers and accessories as well as the vehicles were ceremonially handover by EU-GIZ to Transport Minister, Samuel A. Wlue to help implement the program.

It can be recalled that in 2015, the Axle Load Act was passed into law by the National Legislature for implementation by the Ministry of Transport in collaboration with the Ministry of Public Works and the Liberia National Police (LNP).

Since the passage of the law, the Ministry of Transport with assistance from its implementing partner, the German International Cooperation (GIZ)  had over the years hired Transport Consultants and Experts and conducted several training programs which include, ECOWAS Axle Load Control Regulations, Liberian Axle Load Control Act, and Liberian Axle Load Control Regulations (March 19-22, 2019), Human Resources Development, Public Administration Reform and Institutional Capacity Building (May 28-31, 2019), Job Role Evaluation, Communications & Visibility, and Strategic Development (July 30-August 2, 2019), Liberia Axle Load Law 2014 Speaker Empowerment (October 21-November 13, 2019) and underwent an examination on basis speaker performance evaluation respectively aimed at managing weighbridge stations that will be built across the country at strategic sites identified by Government.

The program was attended by high ranking officials of Government, Members of the International Community, transport-related stakeholders, ordinary Liberians and the Press.