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Use US$250,000 for street pavement

A prominent Bong County citizen wants authorities of the county to initiate negotiations with the road construction company-CHICO Liberia for reconstruction of the major streets of Gbarnga.

According to Jackson Dumoe, the 250 thousand US Dollars agreed upon by the people of the county, through a resolution at the last County Development Sitting for feasibility studies on the pavement of streets in Gbarnga, should be given to CHICO to do some streets in the city.

He said with the seven-year CHICO contract, additional funds could be allotted from the upcoming fiscal periods to do other roads in the city. CHICO is the Chinese Company constructing the road from the Jor River in Gbarnga to the border with Guinea in Ganta, Nimba County.

“We will not bring people and give them 250,000.00 just for feasibility studies, while we have CHICO already in Gbarnga doing the road; we could talk to them with that money for the pavement of streets in Gbarnga, and later pay whatever will remain,” he recommended.

Mr. Dumoe, also an administrator at Cuttington University, believes it may take many years before such opportunity can return to Bong County if the authorities fail to listen, admonishing the county leadership to put aside politics and seek a solution to the bad road condition in the city. He explained that with Gbarnga centrally located, it was a shame to have it underdeveloped in the midst of millions of dollars going to the county as Social Development Fund annually.

Since the allotment of $250,000.00 was made at the County Sitting by authorities, some citizens have described the amount as unrealistic and intended to waste public funds. Some continue to argue that such amount is a huge portion of what is needed for the pavement of major streets in the city.  The city gets very dusty during the dry season and muddy in the rainy season hindering free movement.

Bong Youth Leader urges District Rep.

The youth chairman of Yopea in Kpaii District in Bong County has emphasized the urgent need for District #1 Representative Tokpa Mulbah to exert pressure on the CHICO construction company to construct the Gbeleken Bridge now being used by the Company. Samuel Nyanforkollie urged Representative Mulbah to prevail on CHICO to construct the Gbeleken Bridge that is gradually being destroyed by the Company.

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The Yopea Youth leader said CHICO is currently using the bridge to transport crush rocks for the pavement of the Gbarnga to Guinea border road, stressing that the company needs to urgently recondition the bridge for safety.

The Yopea youth head expressed the belief that the constant usage of the bridge without protecting it might get it damaged, causing serious threats to life and development. Samuel Nyanforkollie described the bridge as an asset to the community and must not be misused by those who did not help in its construction.

Meanwhile, Mr. Nyarforkollie has called on good will individuals to aid the Yopea community with safe drinking water, through the installation of hand pumps to avoid the spread of water-borne diseases. He accused Arcelor Mittal of destroying the only hand pump the community had without any replacement.

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