Government of the Federated States of Micronesia

Vice President joins Ground Breaking ceremony for Yap's loop-roads

PALIKIR, Pohnpei (FSM Information Service/Yap Media): March 1, 2002 - FSM Vice President Redley Killion have joined Governor Vincent Figir and other government officials in a ground breaking ceremony which took place at the Public Works Facility yesterday, February 21, 2002.

The Ground Breaking event signifies the commencement of the Phase Seven Road project which links the remote villages on the west side of the island to Colonia and other areas in the north.

The government of Japan has donated about $US 7 million dollars as part of its Grant Aid Assistance to the FSM for the Road Project here in Yap. The Phase Seven Road project is for pavement of the loop-road that connects the paved road in Gargey to the secondary road through Fanif and Dalipebinaw to the intersection at Public Transportation System (PTS).

Vice President Killion arrived Yap on Wednesday, February 20th and took part in the Ground Breaking ceremony on Thursday, February 21st.

Vice President Killion and Governor Figir gave similar remarks during the ceremony yesterday. Both shared the same sentiment in thanking the government of Japan for its generosity and continued effort in contributing to the development of the FSM.

Vice President Killion also stated that after completion of the road project, the people of Yap would greatly benefit from the road in term of both tourism and commercial activities.

Vice President Killion and Governor Figir also thanked the Penta Ocean Construction of Japan, the Company in which the project had been awarded, Engineers at the National Government and the Department of Public Works in Yap for working closely together to make this project a reality. The Department of public works is the Agency administering the operation of the project on behalf of Yap State Government.

March 2003 is the expected date of completion for the project.

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FSM Office of the President
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Palikir Station, Pohnpei, FM 96941
Tel.: (691) 320-2548/2092
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