MPW Agrees To Emergency Intervention For Roads In Southeast Liberia

By Richard Stephens

Citizens residing in the Southeastern region of Liberia have got all reasons to rejoice as the Ministry of Public Works has agreed to carry out emergency rehabilitations on damaged roads in the area.

Drivers plying roads in the region are hiking their fares because of the deplorable conditions of the roads thus making life unbearable for the residents.

Appearing before plenary of the Liberian Senate Thursday, Public Works Minister Gyude Moore explained that the emergency operations would be more cost intensive and noted that the entire country is not connected as 10000 kilometers of roads in the country are not paved.

The Public works Boss also said that his Ministry and Finance will return to the drawing board to ensure that the quick impact is carried out saying that it would be done on an emergency level.

He told plenary that his Ministry submitted the budget of one hundred and seven million United States dollars but because of the problems in the Health and Education sectors, the budget was reduced to 23 million.

Minister Moore disclosed that assessment for the pavement of roads in the country is estimated at 2.2billion US dollars stressing that this would help to improve the road networks in the country from two lanes to four.

The plenary of the Senate had earlier invited the Ministries of Public Works, Finance and Transport to brainstorm on emergency solution on the deplorable road conditions in the Southeast of Liberia.

Also speaking, Transport Minister Angela Cassell Bush, acknowledged the bad road conditions in the Southeast and noted that the situation was causing embarrassment for citizens in that part of the country.

She indicated that as part of the solution to the problem, her ministry recently inaugurated a domestic commercial flight that will be flying in the region.

Acting Finance Minister Dr. James Kollie, who also appeared before plenary stated that there was no special budget set aside for emergency roads rehabilitation adding that doing so would require his ministry to interfere with other budget.

Grand Kru County Senator Dr. Peter Coleman, who is the brain behind the invitation, prevailed on the Ministers to ensure that something is done urgently, as Southeasterners are denied of busy commodities due to the bad roads conditions.