The office of the Minister of Public Works was yesterday afternoon a scene of history, when an eminent citizen of Sinoe County made a symbolic contribution to the Ministry’s road rehabilitation and construction project which is at the verge of start in the South Eastern part of Liberia.
Richard Panton presented a check of LD$40,000 to Public Works Minister Samuel Woods as an initial contribution to further buttress the Liberian government feeder road rehabilitation project currently ongoing across the country.
On October 9, 2010, at an honoring ceremony of Minister Woods organized by the Tarsue citizens of Sinoe County, Panton pledged LD$40,000.00 to help in the construction of the Plasom River Bridge and other roads reconstruction project.
Presenting the check to Minister Woods, Panton asserted that Liberians in partnership with central government can contribute immensely to comprehensive national growth and development. “This country is ours, if we nurture whatever natural resources we have and work with central government, we ourselves would be the direct beneficiaries,” Panton maintains.
He added, “As a son of Sinoe County, I am aware of the difficulties my people are going through, as such I feel that I am obligated to render some assistance to ensure they live a better life.”
Receiving the check on behalf of MPW, Minister Woods expressed gratitude to Panton for what he calls a board step in the right direction, noting if all Liberians could walk in the foot step of Panton, the nation would progress in its reconstruction and developmental drive.
Minister Woods described his (Panton) effort as historic, in that it is the first during his administration and perhaps the first ever in the history of the Ministry.
He promised that this government will not abandon Sinoe County, “a manifestation of this is the presence of an MPW road assessment team currently in the county assessing the basics of roads to be rehabilitated or constructed beginning the upcoming dry season.” He said.
The Ministry of Public Works (MPW) is currently in possession of the LD$40,000 check. Minister Woods is expected to shortly travel to Sinoe to present the money to the county authorities.
Because said amount is to be used for road or bridge construction, Minister Woods urged the county authorities to open a separate account for such purpose. With this, he added, the people will be able to identify and purchase whatever material contribution they may want to make towards fast tracking MPW project in the county.