Ground-breaking has taken place for the rehabilitation of the Botota-Gbarnga Road in the east of Bong County.
The process officially began on Sunday when authorities of Bong County declared the road rehabilitation exercise following which Superintendent Selena Polson-Mappay, at the ceremony, described the occasion as a new day for the people of Kokoyah District and the county at large.
According to Superintendent Mappay the road rehabilitation exercise was beginning amid concerns raised by citizens regarding the deplorable road conditions throughout the county, urging citizens not to connive with the contractor in trading materials intended for the project. She put the cost of the rehabilitation of the 50-kilometer road at US$2.5m, emphasizing that the project will be closely monitored by authorities of the county authorities to ensure that it meets standards.
The Atlantic Resources, operating in northern Liberia and expected to use the Kokoyah Road to transport logs to the port of Buchanan, is underwriting 60% of the cost, while 40% will be shouldered by the government.
Bong County Senator Henry Yallah, who hails from the district, told the citizens that it was a new dawn for Kokoyah Statutory District, describing the project as a relief to county authorities and citizens.
“The next time we come here, we will not come to break ground for common earth work, but we will break ground for the pavement of this road that is very important to us,” he said.
Caucus Chairman George Mulbah, who continues to be at the center of controversies surrounding county projects, noted that those who castigate leaders of the county many do so to embarrass the county’s development process, assuring that they would continue to ensure that the county development process is not taken off track.