The Government of Liberia through the Ministry of Public Works will commence full rehabilitation of the much talked about Doe’s Community Road on Monday of this week.
Doe’s Community hosts over 10 thousands low Liberian earners most of whom live on less than $1 United States a day. Several development reports have featured the slum community as a “pro poor” community.
At long last, a new version of the infamous story of bad road condition in the Doe’s community is about to unfold when on Monday, May 7, 2018, residents witness yellow machines in different categories and sizes pounding on the soft black soil as a fresh start of rehabilitation work on the over 35 potholes’ road.
Decision to intervene on the densely populated community road was reached at a town hall meeting held on Saturday, May 5, 2018 between the Government of Liberia represented by Ministry of Public Works and residents of the community.
In their various remarks to Public Works Minister and team, residents of the community decried what they term as abandonment by the state, lamenting that, accessing the Somalia Drive on a daily basis from their various homes has been a major challenge to them for the last several years.
“We have to roll off our trousers and wear rain booth holding our shoes and sneakers in our hands so as to enable us get on the main road”, elder Sylvester Chea Sr. emotionally narrated.
Elder Chea described the road condition in Doe’s Community as terrible, and that they have experienced this over many years. He recounted their struggles for better road as one that has not yielded any result. The Doe’s Community elder however pleaded with Public Works Ministry to swiftly intervene before the heavy rain set in, adding he was optimistic that CDC “pro poor” agenda will affect their lives soon.
Responding, Public Works Minister Mobutu Nyenpan thanked the people of Doe’s Community for the warm reception he and his team received, bragging that their presence in the Community was a clear sign that the government is indeed a government that is concern about the poor people of this country.
Minister Nyenpan told residents of the community that he and his team were sent by President George Weah to inform them that, beginning Monday of this week, rehabilitation work on their road will commence.
“President Weah sent me and my team to inform you that by Monday morning, you will see yellow machine on this road whether it will be contractor East or South”.
He quoted the President before the gathering of young and old people as saying that the development of Liberia will not be shown in the eloquence of the President’s speeches, but in the activities and action he will execute.
The tough talking Public Works Minister said the government was under moral and political obligation to respond to the cry of not only residents of Doe’s Community, but other areas where there are bad roads, intimating that the bad road network in Liberia connects communities where poor people are living.
The Minister also reflected on the money collected by residents of Doe’s Community for their road. “We are told that the already suffering masses of this community collected money and took it Public Works and say, government, we are not only relying on you, but we have to support you”.
Meanwhile, the former Sinoe County Senator has described their move in the Doe’s Community on Monday as a symbolic demonstration of what the CDC government intent to do in all most communities.