-The Unfolding Drama
His Excellency President George Manneh Weah took over the reign of government barely two years ago inheriting a broken economy as records shows that the previous administration took over the mantle of leadership making the promise that they will wipe out corruption.
But at the end of the l2 years mandate-President Madam Ellen Johnson Sirleaf said in one of her last final annual messages that corruption in the country and her government was unable to stop it, while the educational system was in a mess and the Ebola epidemic demonstrated that the nation’s healthcare delivery system is physically challenged.
By and large Liberia’s annual national budget stands at a little over USD$500,000 or half a billion dollars with a large chunk of that amount being pledges expected from the World Ban, the IMF and other international donors.
It was not like the situation under the past government when over a billion US dollars were pumped into the economy and the United Nations Peace keeping force was in the country significantly contributing to the flow of cash in the country’s economy.
Nonetheless, true to his electoral promises to raise the living standards of the Liberian people, the George Weah administration took as cardinal points the construction of more paved roads in the country to add to the existing ones, as Liberia needs to close up a nearly l2,000 kilo-meters of unpaved and rugged roads deficit across the country to buttress her ambition of becoming a middle income class nation by the year 2030,
It is remarkable to note that the man who takes central stage in this roads construction and nationwide connectivity drive which is cardinal among the five pillars of government’s 5-year development plan, the Pro-Poor Agenda for Prosperity and Development (PAPDP) is Public Works Minister Mobutu Vlah Nyepan, a very patriotic, resilience and hardworking former lawmaker at the Liberian senate.
It appears that Minister Nyenpan is having sleepless nights to ensure the implementation of the administrations PAPD goals in the roads and infrastructural sector, given that his presence is being felt in every part of the country where road construction is going on, and has also been making himself accessible to newspaper and radio interviews about the status of the roads connectivity ambition of government in the country.
Few weeks ago Minuster Mobutu Vlah Ntenpan in a Radio interview disclosed that the number of paved roads construction efforts on course in the country are many. The Salayea to Gbanga Roads have been complete,d and upon appeals from President Weah to ArcelorMittal company iron ore mining company, the construction of the Yekepa to Sanniquellie road is nearing completion while the European Union and other partners have begun construction works on the Ganta to Zwedru road, the Ganta to Logatuo road towards the Ivory Coast border.
Meanwhile the Gbarnga to Mendicoma road in Lofa county which was launched by President Weah and President Sirleaf is equally on course. As warned by the Public Works Minister, the construction of roads across the country was halted for a time as a result of the rainy season as the coal-tar on the streets is very expensive so care is taken to pfrevent it being washed away by the rain.
Minister Nyenpan speaking to the press at the end of President Weah and entourage’s roads inspection tour in Montserrado County recently, told the press that he will not be at rest until the President’s promises to the Liberian people to ensure paved roads connectivity aspect of government’s pro-poor agenda document fulfilled.
The minister also said that he will remain pro-active until roads in every remote part of this country are paved.
According to him, so far only l2,000 out of l3,000 roads earmarked to be realized so far, adding that the Pro-Poor Agenda for Prosperity and Development (PPDP) has mandated the construction of 550 KM of roads and that his ministry is working on 450 km of paved roads in Liberia at the moment, adding that his ministry will do more than what is captured in the PAPD document,
He broke the good news that his ministry will begin the pavement of roads in communities and therefore people must stop illegal construction in alleys linking various parts of communities in the country in the year 2020.
As if by a coincidence, President Weah visited District Number l7 Montserrado County for the launching and ground breaking ceremony of a road project that runs from that district, from the VOA and Banjor community to Iron-gate and then to the Johnsonville and Paynesville areas.
During that ceremony recently several lawmakers who were critics of the government were heard praising the President Weah for his farsighted policies including paved roads connectivity which is taking place in their districts. Some of them said President Weah as the most farsighted that Liberia has ever had, in terms of efforts and initiatives to bring development, as many people consider roads connectivity and provision of electricity as the fulcrum on which all other aspects of development can be built. TO BE CONTINUED (By JLM).
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