Liberia: Woods Gets Rights Groups' Backing

Public Works Samuel Kofi Woods has got the backing of the Alliance of Rights Groups in the wake of billowing tension he seems to be under following President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf's comments on the appalling state of the A. B. Tolbert Road, which the brings the credibility of the minister and his ministry into question.

Minister is regarded as one of the effective officials who has made tremendous strides in tackling Liberia's bad road conditions since his ascendency to the post.

In a statement issued yesterday, Alliance of Rights Groups of Liberia gave the Minister kudos, saying that "it has been realized that the Kofi Woods-led Public Works Ministry is at least one of the most efficient, robust and progressive line ministry under this government."

The group which said it has been tracking and closely following the ministry's activities because of the volume and intensity of the work he inherited, noted "Our judgment is predicated upon an intense tracking and revaluation process conducted on various line ministries and agencies relating to their scope of work, targeted projects and programs, and relevant urgent interventions in focus areas."

The group recalled the Public Works Ministry's splendid performance under the 150-Day Deliverable Action Plan introduced by the president to test the ability of her officials to the work.

"It is a known fact that the Ministry of Public Works performed the most in achieving over 85% of its 150-Day Deliverables as called for by the President," the statement quoted one Alfred C. Tugbeh as saying.

In its defense of the minister, the group said it noted some of the delays faced by the Public Works Ministry in the execution of projects are hugely attributed to the inadequacy and limited access to funding to timely address challenges, but added "This is not unique to Public Works, but poses noticeable impediments to the works because of the tangible nature of work they do, and the popular quest for the services the Ministry renders."

"Amidst the challenges, the ministry as per our evaluation has directed serious focus to road maintenance, whilst it engages in major road construction and hold negotiations for expansion of its road connectivity drive across the country."

The group called on Liberians to be mindful as to how they manage their expectations so that they are not raised in cadence above the realities, because also it could destroy the extraordinary efforts of others to develop Liberia.

More besides, they group encouraged "those who see everything wrongly, to begin wearing garments of optimism and patriotism by embracing and appreciating the efforts of the ministry of Public Works toward its quick interventions on our roads."

According to them, they remain confident of the abilities and intuitive brilliance of the Kofi Woods Team at the Ministry of Public Works, and assured every Liberian that the team can make most practical steps towards road connectivity across Liberia.

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