Bong County: Pavement works currently ongoing on the Gbarnga Broad Street is said to have been abruptly stopped due to what is termed as political wrangling in the County.
The Gbarnga Broad Street pavement project is a part of several road construction projects ongoing across Liberia from the government’s agenda on roads connectivity. Gbarnga City Main Street seemed abandoned for several years as citizens yearn for the road pavement until recently contractors began the work.
Due to the work halt, a prominent citizen of Bong County is calling on leaders’ County to resume the pavement of the Gbarnga streets.
Speaking in an interview with this paper on Wednesday, January 9, 2019, Harris Kennedy said some leaders of the county are obstructing the functions of the Ministry of public works.
Mr. Kennedy noted that the alleged action by the County authorities to stop the pavement is undermining the progress of the county.
Kenned who is a businessman in Gbarnga said if the streets pavement can’t resume there are plans underway to extend communication to the National government.
But contrary to Kennedy’s allegation, the Public Relations officer at the Ministry of public works, Prince Toe Nagbe said the pavement was suspended due to what he calls the failure of the company to adhere to the mandate of the ministry of Ministry public works.
Prince Toe Nagbe stated that the Ministry of Public Works took the decision in consultations with authorities of Bong County as it relates to the enlargement of the Gbarnga Streets pavement.
Mr. Nagbe told Reporters that their action to put halt to the continuation of the road pavement is directly from the ministry of public works and not from any county officer.
The Ministry of Public Works Spokesman wants citizens to remain patient as the ministry is working out modality to address the current situation.
He, however, appealed to citizens of the County to engage the relevant authorities whenever they have concerns about the streets pavement, rather than speculating miss-leading information.
Mr. Nagbe described the road condition as standard and assured residents of Gbarnga that the ministry will do all it can to complete the pavement of the controversial road.
He did not, however, disclose when the ministry of public works will resume the pavement but said they are currently engaging the contracted company in solving the citizen’s concern about the road.
Recently, President George M. Weah instructed the Minister of public works to pave all feeder roads across the country.
Based on the President’s instruction, Public Works hired the Project Construction Incorporated Company to complete the controversial Gbarnga street pavement in Bong County.
It can be recalled in 2015 East International, a Chinese construction firm was contracted by the leaders of the county to pave a 10.6 kilometers road of streets in Gbarnga. But the 10.6-kilometer road was reduced to 2.314 kilometers due to the lack of funding in the county budget.
The 2.314-kilometer pavement starts from the star entertainment station passing through the Gbarnga main street to the one plus one Gas station on the Gbarnga –Ganta highway.
The Bong County administration in consultation with the national government initiated the process with an initial amount of US$ 1.5M from the County Development Fund.
The pavement is currently being completed by central government; it was captured in President Weah’s community road pavement projects in various parts of the country.