Pleebo Sodoken Statutory District Superintendent Tomaul Y. Hoto, accompanied by a high-powered delegation has ended a day-long tour of the ongoing road project connecting Harper City to Karloke, in Maryland County.
The first official visit of the district superintendent was intended to assess the level of work done on the road and to get acquainted with the project completion date. The 50 kilometers road with an estimated cost of US$55,441,029.09.00 is being executed by China Railway Engineering #5, funded by the African Development Bank or ADB.
Superintendent Hoto lauds President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf for her tireless efforts towards developing Liberian communities, particularly Maryland County.He laments that since 1847, lack of access to road has remained a major challenge for counties in south east Liberia.
After the tour, he describes the road as good and easy for travelling, and of good quality.The Chinese have started putting coal tile from Harper to Pleebo, and erecting street signs.
Superintendent Hoto calls on the people of Maryland to give every needed assistance to the China Railway Engineering #5 that would enable the company to complete the project.
He says if completed, the road will ease movement of people and goods in the county. Meanwhile, the Resident Engineer for the project, Francis Sirleaf, attributes slow pace of the project to change in climate.
Mr. Sirleaf explains that the road with several layers, has a life expectancy of 30 years, and calls on Marylanders to exercise restrain as the project is expected to be completed in a period of one year.
President Sirleaf frowned on the contractors during her recent visit to the county for the slow pace of the project. The President notes that the project is one year late, and calls on the county authorities to ensure that the contractor complete the road in the soonest possible time.
-Editing by Jonathan Browne