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DEA burns Marijuana valued over LD200m

The Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) in Nimba County has destroyed 4,833kilograms of marijuana in Ganta with street value over 200 million Liberian dollars. Speaking to reporters, DEA officer Col. Alphanso Rancy said the drugs were arrested from farmers and dealers in the county between 2015 and 2016.

The official burning took place in Ganta on Monday, 27 June which coincided with celebration of the International Day against Illicit Drug Trafficking and Abuse. Our correspondent said several communities in Ganta are noted as marijuana centers, including Congo community – home of former deputy police commander Abraham Kamara.

Other drugs burnt along with the marijuana include 28 raps of cocaine and 20 grams of raw cocaine with street value at more than US$500. Works resume on Gbarnga streets pavement The road project in Gbarnga has resumed following huge concerns over stoppage in the implementation of the project.

Major streets of Gbarnga are currently being paved with cement as authorities strive to give the city a facelift. According to our Bong County correspondent, the road project stopped for about three weeks as citizens called for immediate resumption of work.

In an interview with our correspondent, Bong County Assistant Superintendent for Development Anthony Sheriff said the road project came to a standstill due to a side walk design negotiation. According to Mr. Sheriff when the Ministry of Public Works presented a design of pedestrian walk there were counter argument from the contractor that the design was not within the bill of quantity.

The Bong County Assistant Superintendent for Development added that everything has been settled and the contractor has received four hundred thousand United States Dollars. Mr. Anthony Sheriff added that the company has told authorities that it will do the drainage of the seven hundred and twenty meter they have paved while observing the possibility of continue the job during this rainy season.

As the pavement of the streets came to standstill, there were fears from citizens that the road project should turn to be the controversial Bong County Technical College that is yet to be complete since 2010 as many people have on several occasions been indicted by the General Auditing Commission (GAC).

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Millions of dollars has been spent on the college facilities. The unfinished Bong County Technical College new building that is currently under the occupation of the school has not been entirely roofed as its basement is being used for classes as part of effort to move the school from the Methodist High facilities the school is currently renting to reduce cost and increase pressure on county authorities to finish the structure.

Windows and doors are yet to be installed, while the administration has done an amateur wiring system to help provide light for students. 

BY Franklin Doloquee,Nimba.

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