LIBERIA: USAID Supports Road Upgrade Project In Gbarnga

GBARNGA, June 14 (LINA) – The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is currently supporting a major road maintenance work in Gbarnga City, Bong County by hiring a contractor to put concrete in major drainages along major roads in some parts of the city.

Speaking to the Liberia News Agency (LINA) in Gbarnga recently, Project Supervisor Rufus Daniel Woe said the current road maintenance work in Gbarnga City is aimed at supporting the “chip seal” that has been put along major community roads, including the Administrative Drive, Gboveh Hill and Fareast Community Roads, among others.

Woe indicated that the short-term project (which has to do with putting concrete in major drainages that tend to undermine the chip seal through erosion), is nearing completion.

He then warned residents of the city to desist from sand mining along the streets which, according to him, gives rise to continuous erosion.

“If people don’t stop mining sand along the roads, government will continue to spend money every year on one project, so they must stop digging sand along these roads to save them,” he said.

He mentioned that his men have been greatly challenged as a result of finding it difficult to remove huge stockpiles of dirt residents have been dumping in the drainages they are to put concrete in.

“People have the wrong perception that when they throw trash into the drainages, it is government’s responsibility to remove it or clean the area,” he added.

Some residents of Fareast Community, who spoke to LINA, including Messrs Willie McGill and Vaflay B. Kerkuleh, disclosed that they are instituting measures to ensure that no one mines sand any longer along the road in their community and called on those citizens involved to immediately desist.

According to them, the measure will consider the inclusion of the Liberia National Police to collaborate with them to help further enforce their measures by prosecuting would-be violators.

Meanwhile, for his part, Bong County Development Superintendent, Anthony Boakai Sheriff, wants citizens to fully collaborate with the contractors by buttressing the efforts to speed up some developments in the county.

Sheriff maintained that he will continue to follow up ongoing development projects in the county so as to keep updating citizens about the statuses of those projects.

Located in central Liberia, Gbarnga still remains challenged when it comes to opening alleys that have been occupied by residents of the city through the erection of illegal structures. Expect for communities that fall on the side of the Gbarnga Administrative Building, other communities are yet to be laid out to give the city a modern facelift.

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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.