The Forestry Development Agency (FDA) on Thursday broke grounds for the construction of its sub branch in Tubmanburg, Bomi County.
The construction of the Regional Office which cost is put at thirty-three thousand United States Dollars ($33,000USD), is one of four regional offices to be constructed in rural Liberia as part of the entity’s capacity strengthening components.
Speaking briefly at the official indoor program before the ground breaking ceremony, FDA Managing Director C. Mike Doryen lauded the Government of Norway for its funding support to have the sub office establish. According to him, the Tubmanburg regional office will not only create job employment for citizen in that area, but will also help support Liberians readiness in the implementation of Reducing Emission from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD).
Also, the FDA boss noted that when the sub-office is constructed, it will help boost the country’s revenue. He noted that the FDA contribution to the country’s GDP is 26% which is properly funded can do more for the country. He further said there will be no increase in commercial logging and low emphasis on conservation.
For his part, World Bank Country Manager Khwima Nthara said, Liberia need to guard the natural resources especially the forestry. He added that, there should be strategic plains to manage the forestry division. He also lauded the Norwegian government for their support and pledged the world Bank support to Liberia and the forestry division.
The project which is fully sponsored by the Norwegian Government funds is being managed by the World Bank which provides technical support for the project implementation.