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Heavy rain worries Ellen

At the end of an assessment tour in the southeastern counties of Sinoe and Grand Kru, President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf expressed worry over challenges that may arouse if it rains heavily on the laterite roads expected to be turned over to government by early June.

President Sirleaf raised the concern during interview with reporters after local engineers working on the laterite road between River Cess and Sinoe Counties had assured her that the project was “at 76 percent completion,” and that it would be turned over to government in the first week of June.

Mr. David Moore, Administrator of Solid Rock – a local construction company that is doing part of the road and bridge projects along River Cess to Sinoe, told President Sirleaf on Wednesday, 13 May that the project was 76 percent complete.

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During assessment of roads and bridges from Nimba Junction to Nyanforh Town on the way to Sinoe’s capital Greenville on Wednesday, 13 May, President Sirleaf had urged Public Works Minister, Gyude Moore, to take advantage of the ‘favorable weather’ condition in doing the work since it is not raining now.

Though she praised the work done so far, the Liberian leader however feared that heavy rains might pose difficulties on the roads leading to two host counties – Sinoe and Grand Kru, telling reporters at the Presidential Palace in Greenville City on Friday, 15 May that the risk involved was that rain is a nature, and no one could tell what would happen. 

Earlier speaking with reporters outside the Presidential Palace, Sinoe County Superintendent Romeo Quiah, said projects being undertaken for Liberia’s 168th Independence Anniversary include Superintendent’s residence; a 25 bed-room executive guesthouse; multiple youth center and statutory residence. 

He additionally spoke of work on a sports stadium in Greenville as well as furnishing of primary schools, though he said they are not part of this year’s Independence Day projects to be dedicated by the President.

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In an effort to take development to the people, President has mandated that annual activities marking the country’s Independence should be hosted in each of Liberia’s 15 counties rotationally.  By Winston W. Parley- Edited by Jonathan Browne

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