US$662,300 Road Equipment Damage As Bad Roads Engulfs Gbarnga
Bad road in Gbarnga and its environs hampering free movement for pedestrians in the county as major streets in deplorable condition in the county.
Some of the major streets that have deplorably damage in Gbarnga, Bong County are the Progressive, People, Kokoyah Road, Rubber Factory Community Road among others.
Some of the residents who spoke in an interview with The Monrovia Times in the county said they are disenchanted in the past leadership of the County and accusing them of the backwardness of Development in Bong County
The Citizens said in 2012 the leadership of the county budgeted US$ 662,300 from their County Social Development Funds to procure a front-end loader, a Motor grader and a Dump truck to rehabilitate existing roads and open new ones.
The citizens said the Vendor name has not been disclosed, but it was reported that the county leadership at the time paid an amount of US$ 634,300 for the front- end loader and the Motor grader, with a balance of US$28,000 to complete payment for the Dump truck if the first set of equipment arrived.
But it has been established that the County is yet to pay the anonymous vendor his balance money to take delivery of the truck. The front –end loader and the Motor grader were refurbished, even though members of the 53rd Bong County legislature Caucus along with others said the machines were brand new. Then Senator Taylor defaulted with her colleagues at that time on grounds that the Machines were new.
The machines were used by the county leadership to repair some of the deplorable streets in the city since 2013 and were also used on rotation by some members of the 53rd Caucus in their districts to rehabilitate their roads.
Representative Marvin Cole, one of the newly elected lawmakers, early this year hired the motor grader to recondition the road to his village.
The motor grader has since broken down and is parked in his village.
“Riding now in Gbarnga and its surroundings is like defensive riding, because the roads are terribly bad, and potholes are all around. It is difficult, it is actually dangerous to ride around Gbarnga,” one of the residents complained.
When contacted, the Bong County Assistant Superintendent for Development, Anthony Sheriff, said the county does not have money at the moment to repair the machines.
He said during the next County Council Sitting, they will put in money for the repair of the machines.
Even though there has not been a County Council Sitting since 2014, Mr. Sheriff said the leadership of the county allotted money last year to repair the machines, but the repair was not done.“
According to Mr. Sheriff last year the county allotted US$15,000 to repair the machines, but that money was used as part of a pre-financing payment to do some road works in Gbarnga.