LIBERIA: Public Works Official Says ‘No Money For Feeder Roads’

Deputy Public Works Minister for Rural Development, Jackson Paye, has disclosed that for the past three years Government has made no allotment for feeder roads in the ministry’s budget.

Minister Paye said all current feeder road projects are being undertaken with donor funding.

He explained that the 440 km of feeder roads upgraded in Lofa, Bong and Nimba counties were sponsored by the Swedish Government through the Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA).

Minister Paye made the disclosure Thursday at the launch of the Liberian-Swedish Feeder Roads Project leaflets on best practices for rural roads at a local hotel in Monrovia.

He indicated that the second phase of the project will be extended to the Southeast, while the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is expected to construct 800km of feeder roads in Lofa, Bong, Nimba and Grand Bassa counties.

According to Paye, the Ministry of Agriculture through the International Fund for Agriculture Development (IFAD) under the Smallholder Tree Crop Revitalization Support Project, World Bank and African Development, is expected to rehabilitate over 100km of feeder roads linking agriculture potential areas in more than five counties in the southeastern region.

Minister Paye attributed the lack of funding for feeder roads to budgetary constraints, and hoped that as government revenue capacity expands, funding will be made available for feeder roads.

He pointed out that Liberia’s road network comprises of about 1,860km of primary and national roads of which 732km are paved, 1,942km of secondary roads and 4,211kn of feeder roads.

The launching of the Liberian-Swedish Feeder Roads Project Leaflets on best practices for rural roads brought together resident engineers from the various counties to understand and guide them on the maintenance of feeder roads in the country.

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