Senegal’s president Macky Sall has re-named Dakar’s Pont de l’Emergence (bridge ) after the late Senegalese entrepreneur Aliou Sow, who died in Paris on Wednesday, 23rd August at the age of 83.
Macky Sall made this decision on Sunday while presiding over the burial ceremony of the late Senegalese business tycoon.
Sow is the proprietor of the Sahelian Company Company (CSE) which has built many bridges and highways in Africa.
“The late Aliou Ardo Sow is an emblematic figure of the Senegalese and African private sector,” said Macky Sall, “and assured that he will remain for all, and especially for the youth. He said the late businessman lived a model of life and humility, adding that he is an exemplary person and a role model to emulate.
“That is why Aliou Ardo Sow deserves to be named after the Bridge of Emergence, one of the major works that we have carried out through the channel of his company. I made the decision and with all the private sector of our country, we will proceed to the renaming of the bridge Aliou Ardo Sow,” President Sall remarked.
The Alieu Sow bridge originally built in 1992 and rebuilt at a cost of some CFA 8 billion.
Several dignitaries, including the President of Mali, Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta, attended the ceremony.