The Inquirer (Monrovia)

19 November 2012

Liberia: Public Works Intensifies Road Rehabilitation

The Government of Liberia through the Ministry of Public Works has intensified the rehabilitation of several major streets in Monrovia and its environs.The Public Works Ministry is undertaking this initiative to ensure that the many potholes that are obstructing the free movement of traffic is curtail in the city and surrounding areas.

The ministry has begun rehabilitating roads around the city including the By-pass, Airfield, Sinkor 9 Street, the Du-port road and other major roads across the city. Public Works on Sunday continues the rehabilitation of many of the roads in the city as a means of easing the traffic congestion in the city.

Besides roads in Monrovia, roads in other parts of the country are very bad and need urgent attention from government for the free movement of the citizens. Due to the bad road condition in the country farmers in the hinterland are unable to bring their produce to the city for commercial purposes thus, posing serious hardship on the citizens.

That is why the Government of Liberia has decided to patch some of these roads to allow the free movement of the people and enable them carry on their normal economic activities. The photos below show machines working on the Capitol By-pass in Monrovia in an attempt to patch some of the most deplorable areas.

Many have described the efforts on the part of government as a good one and called on authorities at the Ministry of Public Works to extend this to other parts of the country to enable those in the leeward counties transact their businesses.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Public Works has begun the demolition of several buildings that were constructed on the road so close to the streets currently being built by the Ministry.

According to hundreds of residents who were affected by the Ministry's exercise, Public Works Ministry did not give them enough time to leave the area.

Several Liberians who spoke to our reporter during the demolition exercise said that they have been living in the area for more than two to three decades.

One elderly lady, Garmen Dickson said, "Everybody likes development especially, giving our country a facelift, but at least the Government should have informed us before breaking down our domiciles."

Another money changer, Derry Benson said, "My only source of survival is this business. With this business, I am sponsoring my two siblings in school and paying rent for two bed rooms which we are in, so; where do I go with my little brother and sister?"

Following the demolition team, our reporter vividly saw from Duport Road intersection and along the road several market buildings including tailoring shops, money exchangers' bureaus, pharmacies, mini cinemas (video clubs) all being broken down by "CAT" Yellow Machines used by Public Works Ministry.

When our reporter asked some officials of the Public Works Ministry to ascertain the allegation that the residents were taken by surprise, they refused to comment.

But a closed confidant told our reporter that the exercise is co-named "Operation Unstoppable", meaning the entire Paynesville will be affected, an order given by big hands at the Ministry of Public Works.

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