The Inquirer (Monrovia)

Liberia: Public Works Gets Citizens Support

As the Ministry of Public Works continues to demolish several business centers and makeshift buildings along the roads, many Liberians have expressed support for the process.Some of the affected persons who spoke to this paper this week during the demolition exercise on Du-Port Road said though they are disappointed with the loses they encountered in the exercise, but intoned that every development goes with pain.

Evelyn Smith a single parent whose business center was demolished by the Bulldozers expressed frustration over the breaking down of her only source of income but said, "We want our country to be like other countries in terms of development so though I'm disappointed, we have to support the exercise."

Evelyn though supporting the Ministry's efforts, she wants government to compensate those who areas were demolished in the exercise.

For Ophelia Gaye, a middle-aged woman who also lost her entertainment center along the Du-port Road, what matters now in the country is national development and as such she was prepared to cooperate with the exercise.

"I'm feeling bad but we need development. I'm only calling on the government to find a place for me to continue my business. Like Madam Gaye, Victory Wleh also expressed frustration in the breaking down of her shop but added, "It's development and so we must support government in this process."

She called on the Public Works Ministry to speed up the exercise and reminded other residents of the community to know that development goes with pains.

David, another resident of Duport Road said upon hearing the news of the demolition exercise he began breaking his business center as a means of supporting the ministry's efforts.

In recent times the Government of Liberia through the Ministry of Public Works has been carrying on some demolition exercises to enable the Ministry rehabilitate some of the deplorable roads in the city and its environment.

The entire exercise according to the Public Works Ministry is intended to curtail the traffic congestion in Monrovia and other places and to also create an avenue for the free mobility of the citizens.

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