The Minister of State for Presidential Affairs, Nathaniel McGill, says President George Manneh Weah is terribly disturbed by the deplorable condition of the Bushrod Island road corridor, and despite current economic challenges, is resolved to ease burden of travel of Liberians and foreign residents along the busy commercial route.
He says in efforts to ease the burden of travel along the corridor as well as Government of Liberia’s commitment to construct new roads and rehabilitate exiting ones in the country, a Joint Road Inspection team comprising himself (McGill) Finance and Development Planning Minister, Samuel Tweah, and Public Works Minister Mobutu Nyenpan, on Thursday, 4 June 2020 inspected ongoing rehabilitation and maintenance works along the road.
He says due to President Weah’s urge to see the road pliable without any hindrances, the President has instructed Ministers Tweah, Nyenpan and himself – to inspect and assess the work being done there.
According to Minister McGill, construction of new roads and rehabilitation of existing roads are key priorities of President Weah. He lauds residents of Bushrod Island and all users of the corridor for their patience as Government exerts every effort financially to have the road rehabilitated on time. He assures that there will be changes in the lives of residents of Bushrod Island when the works are completed.
Prior to the tour by the three high-profile Ministers, scores of drivers and commuters plying the Bushrod Island road, had expressed severe difficulties and hardship due to the ongoing rehabilitation works by the Ministry of Public Works.
Also numerous potholes that are visible at the National Port Authority (NPA) which is the gateway to the economy, and the Liberia Petroleum Refining Company (LPRC) continue to exacerbate traffic congestion on the Bushrod Island.
The inspection began at the Gabriel Tucker Bridge on Johnson Street onto the Liberia Petroleum Refining Company and leading to the Belimah stretch directly opposite the Freeport of Monrovia. The Ministers also inspected Duala Market section that leads to St. Paul River Bridge as well as the ongoing Banjor road pavement project in Virginia, Montserrado County. The project is being funded by the Government of Liberia through the National Road Fund.
Speaking to journalists during the tour, Public Works Minister Nyenpan reiterated serious challenges Liberia faces with its roads, but despite those enormous difficulties, he averred the Government has identified a number of key roads that have economic impact, and the Bushrod Island corridor is one of those. He said despite the economic challenges amid the COVID-19, the Weah administration has attached great importance to the completion of the road, which is why the Ministers of State and Finance were part of the joint inspection team. Editing by Jonathan Browne