Pavement of streets in Gbarnga, Bong County, central Liberia has resumed following several months of standstill. Several streets in the provincial capital are expected to be paved as part of an effort to beautify the city and further create a healthy environment as many residents continue to complain of dust.
The work which started early 2016, was halted due to the rainy season, coupled with financial difficulty facing the county. The Ministry of Public Works has taken complete responsibility of continuing the current pavement due to the inability of county authorities to fund the project they started.
Prior to the halting work, over seven hundred meters of the Gbarnga main street was paved from the old One Plus One Junction to the Catholic Compound. Currently, the road is being extended through Gbarnga Broad Street to the Star Gas Station.
The resumption of the cement pavement has brought smiles on the faces of many residents of Gbarnga with citizens describing it as a sensible decision on the part of the government. Many have praised quality of work being executed by contractors East International, describing their work as guarantee.
Superintendent Selena Polson Mappy told this paper that the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) will fund pavement of other major streets in the city excluding those already earmarked by the Government of Liberia. She said USAID has told county authorities to provide box culverts as part of the county contribution to the initiative.
By Papa Morris from Bong County-Editing by Jonathan Browne