The House of Representatives through its committees on Public Works, Ways, Means, Finance and Budget summons Public Works Minister, Mobutu Vlah Nyenpan, to provide detailed information on the loan agreement between the Government of Liberia and a private company based in Singapore, ETON Finance Limited today, June 4, in the William Richard Tolbert Joint Chambers at the Capitol Building.
The committees want Minister Nyenpan to clear speculations lingering in the public on merits and demerits of the loan. He had earlier maintained that the intent of President George Manneh Weah government to do something to change this sad scenario deserves commendation. “That is why Liberians, especially us from the southeast that are to benefit the most from the planned road construction projects, are joyous,” Nyenpan had said.
According to him, during the height of the rainy season, the entire southeast and sometimes parts of Lofa, Nimba, Gbarpolu counties, etc., are cut off, bringing untold suffering to citizens who usually spent days and weeks on roadsides as they struggle to pull their vehicles or trucks out of thick mud.
When endorsed by the legislature, the loan will be used to finance the pavement of estimated 503 kilometers of road that would connect the inaccessible South-eastern region to the rest of the country, including the capital, Monrovia.
Highways to be targeted include: Buchanan Cestos City-Greenville-Barclayville road, Barclayville-Sasstown road, Barclayville-Pleebo road, Medina-Robertsport road and Tubmanburg and Bopolu road, respectively.
The loan would also cover construction of a vocational training centre in Greensville, Sinoe County, mini soccer stadiums in Harper, Barclayville Greenville, Zwedru and Cestos cities, respectively. Western Liberian cities Robertsport and Bopolu would also benefit from the mini stadium project, according to President George Weah.
Minister Nyenpan is expected to appear alongside Minister of Finance and Development Planning Samuel Dihno Tweah, and Justice Minister, Cllr. Frank Musa Dean. Editing by Jonathan Browne
By E. J. Nathaniel Daygbor