Grand Gedeh County Superintendent Peter Solo has alarmed that citizens of southeastern Liberia are stranded and cut off from the rest of the country due to bad roads, which has posed serious economic hardship on the entire region.
He disclosed that about 70 trucks that left the capital Monrovia have stuck in the mud for the past six weeks, and can’t get their way through to Grand Gedeh, Sinoe, River Gee, and other counties as a result of the road condition.
Superintendent Solo raised the alarm on Wednesday, 12 October when he spoke on UNMIL Radio’s “Coffee Break” – a daily live program via mobile. “As I am telling you, the people of the southeastern region are extremely stranded without food and other essential things, because no car has made its way here so far for the past six weeks now”, Solo narrated.
He said the roads are so bad to the extent that commodity prices have increased, including a 25kg bag of rice, which is being sold in Grand Gedeh for LD3,000, while a gallon of gasoline is now sold for LD800, posing serious hardship on the already vulnerable population of the region.
“We can’t do anything about this situation, because our mandate does not give us the authority, but we are anticipating the Ministry of Public Works. They are the ones charged with the responsibility of rehabilitating or reconstructing primary roads in our country; what we can do is to advocate on behalf of our citizens in our capacity as county heads”, he added.
Solo said the situation has become a problem for the entire country, noting, “Our major priority in this country is roads construction; other countries have their own priorities as well, but all we can do in order to relief the economic hardship off the heads of our people in this region is to continue engaging stakeholders, national government, and the Ministry of Public Works to come to our aid.”
He said following discussion with authorities at the Ministry, the county has received assurance that this dry season, Public Works will mobilize resources to move into the southeast. “And we are very optimistic that government through the Ministry of Public Works will hurriedly do something about this situation that affects our citizens in this region.”
By Lewis S. Teh-Editing by Jonathan Browne