Vice President Joseph Nyumah Boakai on Thursday, November 12 dedicated the first ever motorcycle hub to be constructed in the country.   

The hub was constructed at the ELWA Junction in Paynesville, outside Monrovia by the Paynesville City Corporation (PCC), through its Special Project Department. The project is part of the many development plans of the PCC.  

The newly dedicated hub contains several parking spaces for motorbikes, a hand washing station, a latrine and sitting capacity among others.

Speaking at ceremony marking the dedication of the project, the Acting Mayor of the PCC, Madam Cyvette M. Gibson, said the initiative is as a result of a challenge post to her administration by President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf to create an enabling environment for the people of Paynesville.

According to her, the hub, which is aimed at boosting the integrity of motorcyclists in the city, will be replicated throughout the city.

“This project is as a result of a challenge post to me by the President for me to create an enabling environment for the people of Paynesville. This project is being dedicated here today will enhance the free flow of traffic around the ELWA Junction area. Our intention is to replicate this throughout the entire municipality,” said Madam Gibson.

“We are very proud of our motorcyclists, because they are so cardinal to the provision of transportation in the city. I want to use this time to thank the Special Project Department headed by Madam Stephanie Duncan for spearheading this great project,” she added.

Also speaking at the occasion, Vice President Boakai thanked the Paynesville City government for its continued efforts in changing the face of Paynesville through developmental initiatives.

“We need to give you the support for the livelihood of people in this city to improve. We believe you can do this, because we have seen many great examples of such from your leadership,” the VP noted.

“As we have seen, Paynesville is taking a good look. This is an important sign of development,” he said.
 
Like Madam Gibson, VP Boakai acknowledged the crucial role that motorcyclists have played and continue to play in the Liberian society, stressing that they are great contributors to the transport sector.

“This hub project, I believe, will add dignity to their lives. This is the kind of thing we need in this country. We need to encourage every sector like what you are doing today,” he stated.

For his part, Montserrado County District #4 Representative, Henry Boima Fahnbulleh, pledged his unflinching support to the PCC’s development drive.  

“We will work with you throughout your endeavor. I am very glad that you were able to do this in our city. Thank you ever so much Madam Mayor,” Rep. Fahnbulleh lauded Madam Gibson.

He then stressed the crucial need for the maintenance of the hub, adding that “It is time that we exhibit leadership.”