We Are Frustrated Over Bad Road Condition, Rural Liberians Complain Government, Vowed To Boycott 2017 Elections

12187762_10206514272108260_8400864889034914526_nHundreds of Liberians in the country’s hinterland say they are frustrated over the lack of good farm to market roads despite the huge financial income being generated by the Liberian Government through revenue intake.

According to our southeastern Liberia Correspondent, stranded road users many of whom  who spent days in hard forest due to breakdown of long queue of commercial vehicles say they are unhappy over  the insensitivity of the Liberian Government over their plight.

The stranded roads users speaking to our Correspondent vowed to boycott the pending 2017 general and presidential elections, noting, “We will vote anyone in office, especially those who are vying for state power. Those we earlier put into power have resolved to pay less attention to our plight; no good roads and not good health facilities in our respective counties,” Sara Toe,  a frustrated market woman  who said she spent two week on the highway due to the lack of good road condition said.

Sara who appeared exhausted   as a result of sleeping in the forest is among dozens of other market women who had left their families in Monrovia pursue of foodstuffs to bring to Monrovia and sell to support their respective families could not withhold her tears as she kept telling our Correspondent about their plight.

Marcus Davies, one of the commercial drivers who was also caught in this situation with his vehicle drawn in huge mud said, despite taxes being paid to the Government its usages could not be felt, noting, “We can’t understand what is happening, especially when taxes are being collected from us, and still the living condition is still unbearable,” Davies, a driver of a white Nissan Patrol Jeep stuck in the mud told our Correspondent.

Davies said he has spent nearly three weeks on the highway from Maryland County where he had gone to attend to his mother’s funeral, stressing, “Women and children riding with me are completely exhausted and hungry, I am confused as one of the children onboard my vehicle along with her mother  is seriously sick from this condition,” Davies speaking to our Correspondent said.

When authority at the Ministry of Public Works was contacted by this news outlet, an official in the office of the Minister, who preferred not to be named, said his boss and other officials at the Ministry were doing all in their powers to improve the country’s road network.

Our report who went over to the Ministry said he saw huge number of yellow machines in the yard of the Ministry, and wonder why they are not been sent to these affected areas around the country in improving the road network.

Investigation continues.

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.