LIBERIA: “Road Rehabilitation Is Key To My District” – As Rep. Gwaikolo Says Ferry Nearing Completion

By Randall George | GNN Legislative Reporter |

Professor Johnson Gwaikolo

Nimba County District 9 Representative and Chairman of Nimba County Legislative Caucus, Professor Johnson Gwaikolo says road connectivity remains a key challenge in his district.

The Nimba County lawmaker speaking exclusively to GNN-Liberia at his Capitol building office said because of bad road condition, the district has been denied several opportunities.

Representative Gwaikolo furthered to our reporter that due to bad roads especially during raining season, vehicles carrying medical supplies always get stuck up in mud causing delays in the supply of medical materials to the only public health facility in the district.

“That’s why we engaged the Ministry of Public Works at the onset; and they consented to rehabilitate the road that leads into the district from the place called Gbanqweh, the road that leads to Zaykaypa, and then to Tapita.”

The lawmaker said even though the rehabilitation of the stretch of road leading into his district got underway, but was interrupted by the rainy season, but hoped for the rehabilitation of the road as the nation is entering into the dry season.

Adding, Representative Gwaikolo also indicated the importance of the construction of a Ferry that is currently been constructed over the St. John River.

“And to add to that, that’s why we are doing a Ferry project. A quicker way to get to the district is to get through Bong county, a place called Zowenta, cross over at the Being crossing point.”

Speaking more on the construction of a Ferry over the St. John River, Representative Gwaikolo said the Ferry is nearing completion.

“It’s a major project”. Based on the last visit to the construction site, the Representative said he’s confident that by next month’s end, the Ferry will be ready to be launched over the St. John River between Nimba and Bong Counties.

Meanwhile, Representative Gwaikolo is encouraging all Liberians to participate in the upcoming household and population census.

Representative Gwaikolo noted that to know what Liberia’s real population is, citizens should turn out to be counted.

Since the last population census in 2008, Liberia has never had any census. The 2018 National Population and Housing Census were delayed to 2021 March but due to the reoccurrence of the COVID-19, the process was postponed to March 2022.

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