Group Mounts Pressure On Public Works Minister
By Alva Mulbah Wolokolie
A youth group under the banner “Youth for Progressive Action” yesterday for the second time has mounted more pressure for the immediate resignation or dismissal of Public Works Minister, Dr. Antoinette Weeks.
According to the youth group, Dr. Weeks is “incompetent” to deliver the goals of the ministry and has impeded the movement of commuters in the country.
The youth group assembled in front of the ministry on Monday, June 9, 2014 during a staged, peaceful protest demanding Dr. Weeks’s resignation.
During the protest, the group held placards with different inscriptions such as: “You are on the wrong side of history Madam Weeks; Madam Weeks, your leadership is a serious disgrace to this administration, resign immediately and Madam Weeks, you are a disappointment to Liberia.”
According to the spokesman of the Youth for Progressive Action, Mr. Sekou Kalasco Damaro, Dr. Weeks has brought the entire government to public disrepute, and therefore, there was no reason for her to be retained at the Ministry.
“We are here to express our disappointment and dissatisfaction in Madam Weeks as Public Works Minister of this country. We feel that this woman has totally failed and so there is no need that she be kept here,” Mr. Kalasco Damaro said.
The youth leader pointed out that major public works such as road rehabilitation and reconstruction continue to be stalled under the stewardship of the minister.
He named some of the roads that are currently stalled as the Somalia Drive Road and the Fish Town-Harper Road.
Mr. Kalasco Damaro averred that the reason why most of the road works continue to be stalled is because of the high demand of bribes from bidders allegedly by Minister Weeks.
Making specific reference, he alleged that the Fish Town-Harper Road has been delayed due to a US$50M bribe that the Public Ministry boss requested from a British Company to be awarded the contract.
“Commenting on the state of the two roads highlighted by the youth group, he added, “As we speak, the Japanese are working on that road. For the Fish Town-Harper Road, the consultant is in the process of selecting the contractors.”
There were 15 companies that are going through a competitive bidding process, and so it takes up time to do the selection. If the selection process is completed sooner, then that project will kick off between this Month and July.”
The youth group has vowed to continue its protest regularly until the Minister can see reason to step down. There were reports that Dr. Weeks traveled with President Sirleaf to Gbarnga, Bong County while the protest took place at her work place.