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President George Manneh Weah has bemoaned Liberia’s underdevelopment saying all its neighbors, many of whom sought shelter here during the struggles for independence on the continent are all faraway in terms of development.

“We need to catch up,” Mr. Weah said Monday, 1 October, while emphasizing that Liberia’s neighbors are now developed while the country still remains behind after 171 years of existence.

“Look around you, what do you see? Looking at Liberia, you don’t need GDP. What we need here is action because the GDP will be written on the paper but how does that change the people that the GDP [is intended] for?” he ponders.

Mr. Weah notes that Liberia got diamond, gold, iron ore and other raw materials, but the citizens’ lives do not represent the lives of people that have resources.

According to him, some people that do not have the resources that Liberia has are far better in terms of development than Liberia is today.

On his 52nd birthday, 1 October, President George Manneh Weah broke grounds for the construction of 85 kilometers of community roads in Montserrado, Grand Bassa and Bong Counties.

The groundbreaking at Pepperwulu Town in Johnsonville followed Mr. Weah’s inspection of an ongoing coastal defense project in the Borough of New Krun on Bushrod Island aimed at rescuing the D. Tweh High School and nearby residences from sea erosion.

Under the project to pave community roads, the Public Works Ministry says 40 community roads have been identified in Monrovia and its environs, and two in Buchanan, Grand Bassa and Gbarnga, Bong Counties, respectively.

At the groundbreaking, President Weah assures that he will make sure that there is road connectivity in the six years of his administration.

Speaking of the coastal defense efforts at D. Tweah High School, Mr. Weah told a gathering in Johnsonville that he intends to make the Borough an economic zone for the people.

He says for many years Liberians have been crying for the safety of D. Tweh School from erosion, assuring that water will not come there anymore to affect the school due to ongoing coastal defense intervention there.

According Public Works Minister Mobutu Nyenpan 40 community roads have been identified in Monrovia and its environs, two roads in Buchanan, Grand Bassa and Gbarnga, Bong Counties to be paved between six months to two years.

He says the total length of roads to be paved under this project is 85 kilometer with a schedule ranging from six months to two years.He says these projects are funded by the budget of the Government of Liberia.

By Winston W. Parley

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