The Analyst (Monrovia)

3 January 2013

Liberia: Belle-Yalla Road Project Recommences

The Ministry of Public Works (MPW) through the Pealat Construction Company has recommenced Final works on the Belle-Yalla Road, Gbarpolu County district #2 Representative     Malai Gbogar  has disclosed.

Speaking in an exclusive interview with the Analyst on Monday, December 31, 2012, Representative Gbogar said the ministry has assured her office and the people of the county that the road will be pliable and ready for dedication by July this year.

The Gbarpolu district #2 Lawmaker indicated that President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has also assured the County Legislative Caucus that she will officially dedicate the road in July 2013, adding, “It is part of several activities being earmark in commemoration of our 166 Independence celebrations.”

Although, she did not state the exact date the contractor recommenced works, Representative Gbogar said Pealat Construction Company-MPW hired contractor recently recommenced works and is applying every effort(s) necessary to complete the road on before the ’26 celebrations.’

When contacted via cellular phone in Monrovia yesterday, MPW Director of Communications and Documentations, Mr Jesufu Morris Keita could neither deny nor confirm the information. Mr. Keita argued that at no time was the project stopped, thus it has not recommenced, but is on course.

Though, he cited issues of resources (funds) and weather as problems that confronted the speedy completion of the road, Mr. Keita maintained that government did not abandoned or stopped the project.

He noted that works has been ongoing from the initial stage of the project up to present.

Citizens of Gbarpolu are eagerly awaiting the completion of the road and will be very grateful to God and President Sirleaf for such a gift.

It can be recalled; in December 2009, the Government of Liberia (GOL) for the first time, embarked upon the construction of a road to link the famous Belle-Yalla maximum prison to the rest of Gbarpolu.

President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf led an array of government officials and heads of foreign missions here, driving and walking at one point in time to reach Belle-Yalla, hoping that the contractors would complete the project in no time.

Ironically, all works on the road were stopped for two years, owing to what authorities at MPW referred to as the inability of the contractor to properly execute the project.

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