The Chief Representative of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), Fuyuki Sagara says the Freedom Bridge will be handed over to the government of South Sudan in May.
This comes after Sagara briefed the country’s First Vice President, Dr. Riek Machar on the activities of JICA in South Sudan.
“Mr. Fuyuki Sagara told the media after the meeting that he also updated Dr. Machar on the completion of the Freedom Bridge project set to be handed over to the government next month,” read a statement on the official Facebook page of the First Vice President.
The opening of the Freedom Bridge could ease the traffic snarl-ups that stamp from the use of Juba Bridge, the only major bridge the country has seen since 1970s.
JICA initiated the idea to construct the Freedom Bridge across the Nile River as a new gateway for South Sudan’s future socio-economic prosperity once it is finished. The idea could now turn into fruition.
The Japanese government says on JICA’s official website that “This bridge will be the major Bridge in South Sudan with a total length of 560m, width 12.9m and access roads on both sides making a total of 3700m. Its completion is expected to lessen heavy traffics in Juba City and boost economic activities in the country.”
Clean water project
JICA is also undertaking a construction project initiated two years ago. In a meeting with Machar Thursday, the JICA’s representative delivered updates on the progress made in the construction of the Freedom Bridge and scheduled completion timeline.
“Mr. Sagara also updated Machar on the progress of the ongoing construction of clean drinking water supply system which is expected to be completed in February 2023,” the statement said in part.
The water project worth $40 million is expected to address the challenge of water crisis within the capital Juba.
Mr. Sagara pledged Japanese continuous cooperation and support to the government and the people of South Sudan adding that with the maintenance of peace and security through the full implementation of the revitalized peace agreement, Japan will continue to work hand in hand with the government to develop the country’s infrastructure.