20 December 2012

Liberia: Kebbah Road Not Abandoned, Woods - It Will Be Paved

Public Works Minister Samuel Kofi Woods has reassured the people of Bardnersville, Kebbah and Dixville townships that the Kebbah Road which has become virtually impassable has not been abandoned by the government, and will never be abandoned.

Minister Woods said the Ministry is aware of the deplorable state of the road, and is among the several roads that will be paved to avoid the annual appalling conditions it faces during the rainy season.

The Kebbah road, which benefits tens of thousands of people, connects Gardnersville and Bardnersville Townships with Dixville, Johnsonville and Caldwell Townships, among other areas. The road serves as major economic and domestic thoroughfare as thousands of residents and traders in these townships use it to transact businesses and other social activities.

Never has the road ever been so deplorable and non-pliable, especially by smaller commercial vehicles as this year, thereby posing serious transportation and economic constraints on the people.

The citizens have attributed the damage of their road to Chinese trucks using it to haul crushed rocks, latirite and sand for commercial purposes, with no benefit for the road and communities.

They recently staged a protest action barring vehicles from using the road until it was repaired, demanding that the Chinese companies including CICO refurbish the road. They also accused the Ministry of Public Works for doing nothing about the unacceptable situation and claimed that the Ministry has abandoned them and the road.

But addressing a press conference Tuesday, Minister Woods said preliminary works have already begun on the road and it will be fully paved. "No, we can't abandon the road and the Kebbah people."

He said as part of social responsibility, the Chinese companies agreed to work with the community to pave improve the road even before it is paved, but the community did not play its part until the road set in.

Woods said the Ministry held talks with the Commissioner and they agreed that the Communities should provide laterite for the Chinese companies to the rest on the road, but they communities reportedly defaulted.

"The road project is not abandoned; it will never be abandoned," Woods said. "The real plan is to have that road paved and that is the plan."

Meantime, he said he has already instructed the Chinese to begin working on both ends of the road as the dry season begins, disclosing that a team from the Ministry will visit the area this weekend.

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