The Ministry of Public Works has openly apologized to the general public for all inconveniences being suffered in the wake of ongoing rehabilitation work on the Bushrod Island-Freeport road in Monrovia, which has caused heavy traffic congestion, leaving vehicles stranded and commuters trekking to their various destinations. The ministry has regretted for not informing the public prior to commencement of the project.
Addressing a daily press briefing Tuesday, December 23, 2014 at the Ministry of Information, Cultural Affairs and Tourism on Capitol Hill, the newly appointed Minister of Public Works, Gyude Moore, said: “Development is difficult, and for such to go on in every country, there will always be inconvenient for the people.”
He said the ministry regrets the inconvenience, but noted, “The condition of that road is embarrassing to our citizens, including our foreign partners, who are here to assist this country in the Ebola fight.”
Engineers from the Ministry of Public Works were busy Tuesday rehabilitating the stretch of road from Clara Town junction to the Liberia Petroleum Refining Company near the Freeport of Monrovia which sits on a major drainage that has been clogged with construction of residential homes and business centers. During a recent visit to the site, President Sirleaf ordered the demolition of all illegal structures erected over the drainage to halt the continuous flooding in the rainy season.
Minister Moore stressed that development is very essential in every country and Government has a duty to bring development, saying, the condition of the Bushrod Island road has created the opportunity for citizens criticize the Government for not doing anything in the country.
He promised to, under his administration, turn things around in the interest of the Liberian people, adding that his first agenda at the ministry is to make sure every community road is rehabilitated. “…We notice that there are many damaged roads in various communities and our plan is to refurnish those major roads that are harmful to our people”, he said
Meanwhile, the Public Works boss has announced that US$42 Million received from the African Development Bank will be used to build the road that connects the Fish Town-Harper highway as well as construct a bridge over the Cavalla River that connects Liberia and Ivory Coast.