Liberian President George Manneh Weah Thursday, August 5, 2021 broke ground on the PHP Beach Sports Facility Project, which according to him will be named the “PHP Unity Sports Park”. The facility will provide the citizens of Monrovia and other parts of Liberia, with a modern, multi-purpose sports and recreation facility that will contribute to their good health, fitness, and well-being.
Noting that as a public park, it will be freely accessible and available to anyone and everyone who seeks to use it.
The Liberian leader said that the project should be completed within the next twelve months.
The multi-million dollar PHP Unity Sports Park will contain a full outdoor gym, a children’s playground, two
football fields, two basketball courts, and two volleyball courts.
He also named restaurants, a grandstand, a souvenir shop, a National Unity Monument, an administrative building, car parks, and adequate sanitary and security facilities.
At the same time the Liberian chief executive has mandated the Minister of State Without Portfolio, Trokon Kpui, to make sure that there are bathroom facilities for those with disabilities, stating that disabled citizens are an important part of society.
Meanwhile, President George Manneh Weah extended thanks to the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed, for keeping his promise to collaborate with the Liberian Government in tangible ways towards achieving its developmental agenda.
The Liberian leader expressed his joy for the project, noting that this is why during his visit in 2019 to Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates, as President of Liberia, he requested cooperation and assistance from the UAE for the development of infrastructure in Liberia.
Among several infrastructural projects identified for consideration at that time, he proposed the concept of a sports and recreational facility to be built in Monrovia along one of our famous beach communities – PHP Community.
He said the ground breaking ceremony brought him yet another opportunity to realize his dreams and aspirations for the happiness and well-being of the Liberian citizens.
He also stated that throughout his entire career as a professional football player, which took him to many parts of the world in pursuit of his dream, he always admired the scale of development that he saw, and wondered how this could be brought to bear in his own country.
“This is a demonstration of the productive and strategic bilateral and multilateral relationships that my Administration has continued to forge with the government of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), to develop all sectors of our country.”
President Weah than said, “Without these informal outlets for recreation, relaxation, and sports, the urban youth have today been constrained to look elsewhere for their amusement, and many of them have unfortunately been driven to form new and unwholesome habits, including the use of illicit drugs.”
He hopes that this project will begin to change that story.
He said the ceremony marks another step forward in the government drive to address the infrastructure deficit, which his administration inherited, and his government continues to face.