Group Protests Against Public Works Minister

By Jefferson D. Tweh

Controversial Public Works Minister, Antoinette Weeks has come under strong attack by a youth group, the Youth for Progress Action calling for her dismissal.

On Monday, hundreds of youths staged a protest at the entrance of the Ministry of Public Works on Lynch Street. The youths in strong words, demanded the immediate dismissal of Madam Weeks for failing to carry out her mandate as Minister of Public Works.

Speaking to reporters, the chairman of the Youth for Progress Action, Mr. Sekou Kalasco Jomanday, said since the appointment of Madam Weeks by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf as Minister of Public Works, there has been no improvement in the construction of roads and other government infrastructures.

Mr. Jomanday pointed out that because of Madam Weeks’s incompetence; most of the citizens are experiencing bad road conditions in every part of the country. He said despite calls by citizens for something to be done on the rehabilitation of roads across the country especially in Monrovia and its environs, she has not shown any interest but continues to pay deaf ears to the citizens’ plight.

Mr. Jomanday alleged that Madam Weeks has signed several contracts with stakeholders and international partners to fix many roads in Liberia but after signing those contracts, she cares less for the implementation of the road projects something he described as being very nefarious and heinous.

Meanwhile, the youth group is calling on President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to dismiss Public Works Minister Antoinette Weeks because she lacks the capability to lead the Ministry of Public Works in the country.

Some of their placards displayed had inscriptions such as  “You are a total embarrassment to development Madam Weeks; the Ministry of Public Works has been disorganized since you were appointed as Minister; Madam Weeks, Liberians need development not actress; President Sirleaf, Weeks is a contradiction to development; you are on the wrong side of history Madam Weeks; we do not want a tourist” among others.

Speaking to reporters following the protest action, Deputy Minister for Administration at the Ministry of Public Works, Mr. Zack Sharpe said some of the contracts signed were done before Madam Weeks’ appointment.

Minister Sharpe said information provided by the Chairman of the Youth for Progress Action that Minister Weeks signed contracts is untrue and misleading.