President U Win Myint and First Lady Daw Cho Cho attended the opening ceremony of Shwethaungyan Bridge on the Majee River at Shwethaungyan Town in Ayeyawady Region yesterday morning.
The President and the First Lady were accompanied by Union Ministers Lt-Gen Kyaw Swe, Dr Myint Htwe, U Han Zaw and U Ohn Maung, Chief Minister of the Ayeyawady Region U Hla Moe Aung, Speaker of Region Hluttaw U Aung Kyaw Khaing, Deputy Ministers U Hla Kyaw, U Kyaw Myo and U Kyaw Lin, Chief of Myanmar Police Force Police Lt-Gen Aung Win Oo and officials.
Speaking at the ceremony, the President said during the 2012 by-election period I was crisscrossing this area by motorcycles, cars and boats. I would like to take this opportunity to tell you all that what is firmly etched in my mind is the memory of the trips and people’s welcome, encourage and support me during that time.
Allow me to say that I’m extremely happy because I’m now here to make the dream of all the people in this region, the dream for Shwethaungyan Bridge, do come true, he added.
The term of our government elected by the people had passed beyond the two and a half year mark. During this period, we’ve strived towards the all round development of the State.
The Union Government is coordinating with the state/region governments for the balanced development of all the states and regions, he said.
Our country is a Union of Myanmar where ethnic nationals lived together in unity. Ever since ages ago ethnic brethrens lived hand in hand with unity. We were striving toward raising the social, economic, education and health level of ethnic nationals in each states and regions by improving the basic infrastructure of road communications.
The government will prioritise and obtain the force of the people in transforming the administrative mechanism to reach a status where there is rule of law, corruption is eradicated and trust of the people is obtained. The desired goal will be achieved only with an understanding that democracy transition is beneficial for all as well as their following generation’s physical and mental safety and when the government, officials from departmental organisations and the public part take and work together in a balanced way. All need to note that for our country to be peaceful, modern and developed, much will depend on how much we can change our set thoughts, believes and habits.
Public servants are urged to part take with full trust by putting the people at the forefront, respect and serve the people according to the democracy practice, to have a good and clean government in governing the people and the public servant themselves are capable to change on their own.
In conclusion, the people are requested to maintain and preserve the long term existence of infrastructures including roads and bridges for which much funds were spent by the State for the development of region and for the country to have all round development. Create a society that is free of corruption, just and fair. Protect the natural environment from damage and deterioration.
Manage and administer resources for long term sustainability. Strive toward the beaches becoming international recreation areas. Cooperate in reaching internal peace quickly. Ethnic nationals are urged to stay united with good relationship and establish a peaceful democracy federal union.
Afterwards, Union Minister for Construction U Han Zaw explained the purpose of the construction of the bridges and other infrastructures by the government in office and future projects.
Chief Minister U Hla Moe Aung presented a report on the improvement of the road network of the Ayeyawady Region.
A local spoke words of thanks.
Union Minister U Han Zaw, Chief Minister U Hla Moe Aung, Speaker of Region Hluttaw U Aung Kyaw Khaing, Region Transport and Electricity Minister U Win Htay, Pyithu Hluttaw Representative U Wai Hlaing Tun, Amyotha Hluttaw Representative U Soe Moe, Region Hluttaw Representative Dr Soe Win, Deputy Director of Special Bridge Construction Group-15 U Kyaw Thura and a local formally commissioned the bridge.
Then the President, Union Ministers and the Chief Minister posed for commemorative photo together with the attendees.
The President sprinkled scented water on the Plaque after formally unveiling it. The President and the First Lady, Union Ministers, the Chief Minister and officials crossed the bridge.
The 827-foot long Shwethaungyan Bridge facilitates traffic on Shwethaungyan-Chaungtha Road. The reinforced concrete bridge will help develop the regional socio-economy through smooth transport between Ayeyawady Region and the coastal areas of Rakhine State.
After the ceremony, the President visited Shwetaung and Mingala Sankyaung Monasteries in Pathein and paid respects and presented offertories to the Sayadaws of the monasteries.
At the briefing hall of the nine-storey extended ward project of Pathein People’s Hospital (500-bed), the President heard a report on annual budget allotment for the extension of the hospital, progress of work and contracts at different stages and requirements for the hospital presented by Medical Superintendent Dr Myo Thant.
In response, the President spoke of the need to strictly abide by the relevant laws and tender rules in building the nine-storey ward, stressing cooperation between the Ministry of Health and Sports and the regional government.
The President visited the patients in the wards and presented cash assistance for them.
The President and entourage arrived back to Nay Pyi Taw from Pathein on board a special Tatmadaw aircraft in the afternoon. — MNA