The Ministry of Public Works says the Government of Liberia would need US$2.2 Million to link all 15 counties with paved roads.
The Ministry noted that road connection is expensive, but it brings development to the people.
It noted that since Government doesn’t have that kind of money to pave roads in 15 counties at once, it will execute its roads construction program in three phases, with phase I covering Montserrado to Ganta; phase II, Bong to River Cess, and phase III, Nimba to Harper.
Speaking Thursday, 26 February at the Ministry of Information, Cultural Affairs and Tourism’s daily press briefing, the Minister of Public Works, Gyude Moore, said, “Development is difficult; for such to go on in the country is going to cause Government lot of money.”
He said because the Government doesn’t have such money to connect all of the 15 counties, it has organized a joint seminar with the Public Works Ministers of neighboring Guinea and Sierra Leone to launch an appeal to the African Development Bank or ADB for financial assistance to connect major roads in the three highly affected Ebola countries.
He also said the Ministry of Public Works presented proposal for US$1.19 Million loan to the Liberian Legislature to connect the Fish Town-Kaweakan road in River Gee County and other community roads in Montserrado County, including Soul Clinic, Rock Hill community, Chucky Taylor, and Chicken Soup Factory, among others.
The Public Works boss said the current focus is on roads that are in the remote parts of the country, saying, “The condition of our village road is embarrassing to our citizens, including our foreign partners, who here to assist this country in the Ebola fight. It is time that we focus on rehabilitating the roads in our counties, including Grand Kru, River Cess, and Gbarpolu counties.”
He said due to heavy downpour usually between Sinoe and River Cess counties, Engineers of the Ministry will find it difficult to construct the quality of roads needed for the July 26 Independence Day celebration this year, and will also begin shoulder restoration process along the Somalia Drive in Gardnersville in the wake of difficulty faced by drivers in plying that route due to pot holes that lead to traffic congestion daily.
Minister Moore stressed that development is very essential in every country, and the Government is committed to bringing development to the people, adding that the Bushrod Island road, is something that creates the opportunity for citizens to criticize the Government of doing nothing.
According to him, the whole purpose of a Government is to provide security to its people, saying, “We don’t just want to build roads but also to empower our business people and contractors with the necessary projects to enable them carry out their activities.”
By Lewis S. Teh