By Morrison O.G. Sayon
Despite the presence of Ebola in the country, the government and its partners continue to undertake some of the many developmental projects throughout the country.
One of such projects that is nearing completion is the much-anticipated Gbarnga-Ganta Highway, a major route that connects Bong County to Nimba County. The Monrovia-Gbarnga project is part of the ongoing construction of the roads in Liberia.
The Chinese Company, CHICO that is constructing the road has intensified efforts in ensuring that the project completes on time. The construction and pavements of the Monrovia-Gbarnga, Gbarnga-Ganta road is being done in segments.
Most of Government’s developmental initiatives came to a standstill as a result of the outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus which ravaged every fabric of the nation. Some of the companies left the country as the death toll increased while many investors returned to their various countries due to the fear of Ebola.
But with the sign of improvement thus far in the fight against the virus, some of the construction companies are returning while some have already commenced their projects. CHICO which halted its activities during the heat of the Ebola has begun operations on the Monrovia-Gbarnga road.
Our reporter who visited the Gbarnga-Ganta Highway now considered as the “Super Highway” observed that the segment from Gbarnga to the commercial City of Ganta may likely be completed soon if what was observed is something to go by. On the other hand, serious work is ongoing between Monrovia to Gbarnga as parts of the road have been paved.
“This is a very good thing that government is doing for us; let our road be finished so this accident business can at least come to an end on this road,”Gorpu Flomo,38, a businesswoman told The INQUIRER. She narrated that many persons have lost their lives on the highway due to its deplorable condition.
Gbarnga is the central point of Liberia connecting many other counties including Lofa, a northern county that had never tasted a paved road since its creation as a county despite the fact that Lofa has produced senior officials in governments over the years.