By Janjay F. Campbell
European Union (EU) Ambassador to Liberia, Tiina Intelmann has disclosed that the road from Gbarnga to Guinea border will be completed in October.
Speaking with reporters yesterday at her office in Mamba Point, the EU head of delegation stressed that the Chinese company that is constructing the road, was out of the country during the Ebola period and that is why the work had been delayed.
She stated that now that they are back in Liberia they are working overtime to make sure that the road is completed in October. According to her, the same company will oversee the road maintenance for ten years; after ten years the company will recondition the road and turn it over to the Government of Liberia.
When asked if the Government of Liberia will be able to sustain the road, Ambassador Intelmann replied that the Chinese company is training Liberians to maintain the road when they shall have left. She stated that the maintenance will be done with EU money because the Government of Liberia does not have money for the maintenance.
The EU head of delegation mentioned that ninety-two kilometers of the road is completed and one hundred and seventy-two kilometers will be completed soon. She is then urging the Liberian government to take some of the responsibilities.
Ambassador Intelmann added that she wants Liberians to understand that the EU will not rebuild all of the roads in Liberia and that what the EU is doing is helping the government with some of its projects.
She further said that the road will be dedicated soon after series of discussions with the Minister of Public Works. Concluding the press conference, Ambassador Intelmann said everything the EU puts in place in Liberia will be sustainable because it is the tax payers’ money in European countries that are used to help the Government of Liberia with some of its projects.