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Public Works seeks more funding from Legislature

--To complete major road construction

By Kruah Thompson

Public Works Minister Madam Ruth Coker-Collins has singled out the need to engage the Legislature for more funding to complete major road constructions across the country.

She was speaking with journalists Wednesday, 15 February 2023 when President George Manneh Weah and the visiting World Bank Regional Vice President for Western and Central Africa, Mr. Ousmane Diagana were inspecting ongoing road construction works.

Mr. Weah and Mr. Diagana early Wednesday Morning, 15 February 2023 led an array of government officials and the World Bank Team on the inspection exercise.

The World Bank-funded Road projects include a 6.1-kilo-meter road linking S.D. Cooper Road to the Coca-Cola Factory Road in Paynesville, and the ELWA and Red-light Junction.

In the brief chat with reporters, Public Works Minister Coker-Collins noted that the completion of the road is expected in May this year, followed by its subsequent dedication.

She stated that with the World Bank being the major financier for the projects, they would use the occasion to tap into the opportunities to commence other projects in the country.

Minister Coker-Collins, however, revealed that the World Bank is more concerned about the delay in completing the 6.1 Km Road from ELWA Junction to the Coca-Cola Factory Road. 

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She attributed the delay to pedestrians and petite traders’ movement while the construction work is ongoing.

 She said Public Works is in conversation with the petite traders and the Liberia Marketing Association to have them move back to the Omega Market.

According to the Public Works Minister, the conversation between them is nearing completion and that very soon, the beauty of the road will be shown by the furniture around it and the traffic lights that will be placed at various junctions.

The inspection of the road projects started from Red-light to Coca-Cola Factory, and later to ELWA Junction, PHP, and Budget Bureau Community on Capitol Hill.

It was characterized with meeting with World Bank country representatives and other international partners.

Minister Coker-Collins said she remains forceful with the contractors in making sure that works are completed for onward dedication.

The Public Works Minister extended thanks and appreciation to the Government of Liberia, the World Bank, and other international partners for their support.  

She added that they are in conversation with the Arab Funds to begin phase two of the project which covers Saclepea to Kokoyah.

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