Acting Public Works Minister, Victor B. Smith says quality public infrastructure irrespective of their location and size is a major factor in the socio-economic transformation of Liberia. According to Minister Smith, creating year round accessibility across Liberia while incrementally transforming all laterite roads into asphalt paved roads remains a major preoccupation of the Ministry of Public Works despite the numerous challenges faced by the infrastructural arm of government.
Minister Smith made the comment recently when he inspected on-going work on the Kakata to Bong Mines Road. As part of its concession obligation, the Chinese Mining Company –China Union embarked on the pavement of the Kakata–Bong Mines Road last dry season, but had to halt the project due to technical anomalies observed by the Ministry of Public Works.
However, following correction of these technical shortcomings, the company was mandated to proceed with work on the road in order to ensure that the perennial bad road condition which had plagued socio-economic development in Margibi and Lower Bong Counties can be adequately addressed for the benefit of citizens, traders and commuters.
During the inspection tour, it was observed that some considerable progress has been made in terms of the quality of materials being used such as the sub-based aggregates, crush stones and asphalt mix.
However, a Ministry of Public Works press release quotes the Acting Public Works boss as expressing concern about drainage work and the slow pace of work on the part of the company and called on China Union to accelerate the road project during the next dry season so that “Our people can begin to fully benefit from the Bong Mines concession”.
The road in question is about 33.8 kilometers and to-date, 12.7 kilometers has been paved, and 6.2 kilometers of sub-based is being prepared for paving with asphalt and 14.9 kilometers fully graded with literite also awaiting pavement. The road when completed will increase trade and commercial activities between Bong Mines and Kakata as well as ease transportation difficulties that have been experienced by people living within the project’s vicinity.