6 December 2012

Liberia: Gov't Reaffirms Commitment to Nimba Roads

After he broke grounds for the construction of over 105.57 km of feeder road in Sanniquelle, Vice President Joseph N. Boakai recently reaffirmed government's commitment to improving the road network in Nimba County.

Addressing citizens of the County during a well attended indoor program marking the ceremony, Amb. Bokai noted that the people of the county deserve such development, because, according to him, it was in Sanniquellie the Organization of African Unity (OAU), forerunner of the Africa Union, was established.

A release from the Ministry of Public Works said the Vice President called on contractors who are expected to implement the projects not to compromise quality and sounded a strong caveat that the Ellen Johnson Sirleaf regime will not hesitate to terminate the services of defaulting contractors.

Later, Public Works Minister, Attorney Samuel Kofi Woods described the groundbreaking as a remarkable progress. Min. Wood recalled that as a former student leader, his quest for development in the County started back in 1986 when he was invited to organize the student movement in Sanniquellie under the Liberia National Student Union (LINSU).

Min. Woods noted that government was committed to providing quality road network for the people of Nimba County, citing, when government needed help, the people of Nimba used their yellow machines to maintain critical areas on major highway connecting the county in a gesture which he described as timely and necessary for collective national development.

Min. Woods, who is noted for his uncompromising posture by always demanding and putting pressure on contractors to deliver quality and durable infrastructures to the Liberian people under his regime, told the crowd that he was brought to the Ministry to institute a number of reform measures, the release said.

Meanwhile, Mr Woods has reiterated the commitment of his administration to closely monitor the implementation of road projects across the country to the fullest, and challenged contractors to use the money for the intended purpose, warning that Liberia is in the era of transparency and accountability.

"You have to list the amount for each contract and share with the residents and community members so that they are aware of what's allocated for each project as a way of making them to take ownership of the project," Minister Woods said.

He further warned that nonperforming contractors will be blacklisted and if necessary, taking to court.

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