Vice President Jewel Howard-Taylor dedicates a Liberian made cargo vessel at the Freeport of Monrovia.The NIKO IVANKA was locally built by HYLAEA INC. in Marshall, Margibi County in four months, with the vision of providing Liberians the opportunity to transport essential goods, including fuel oil to the southeastern part of the country, according to a press release.
The release notes that Vice President Taylor welcomes the move by the company, adding that it would enhance the economic growth of Liberia.
The comments of the Vice President’s were contained in a statement delivered on her behalf by her Chief of Office Staff Mr. George T. Nimely, at programs marking the official dedication of the vessel over the weekend in Monrovia.
Mr. Nimely says the cargo vessel, if used for the purpose intended, could address the deplorable road challenge being experienced in the Southeastern region.
He says while the government of President George M. Weah remains committed to the construction of roads as indicated in his first Annual Message, and the use of the cargo vessel could serve as a major alternative to the transportation of goods in Sinoe and other surrounding counties.
He however quotes Vice President Jewel Howard-Taylor as asking the relevant government entities to ensure that safety measures are followed in the usage of the vessel.
The NIKO IVANKA is reportedly licensed by the Liberia Maritime Authority to serve the Liberian Ports of Buchanan, Greenville, Harper, Monrovia and Robertsport, respectively with the home station based in Monrovia. The vessel is expected to begin weekly runs initially between Monrovia, Greenville and Harper in coming weeks.