The Informer (Monrovia)

21 January 2013

Liberia: Belle Citizens Differ With Report On Belle Yellah Road - Laud Ellen, Woods for Progress

Some prominent citizens of Belle District, Garpolu County, are commending President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Public Works Minister Samuel Kofi Woods and the Pealat Construction Company (PCCC) for the level of accelerated progress that has been made on the much politicized Belle Yallah Road.

Addressing a team of reporters, including editors over the weekend in Monrovia, former Chairman of the Belle District Development Association (BEDDA), T. Doe Johnson and J. Keyah Saah, called on Pres. Sirleaf and Woods not to be deterred by "negative and diabolical propaganda" which has been launched in the last few weeks by some unknown individuals claiming to be citizens from the District.

The citizens' reaction comes amidst eports that the government has abandoned the project, because it does not consider the road as a priority.

The two prominent sons of the county told journalists that they were also taken aback by a news article in the Friday, January 18, 2013 Edition of the Daily Observer Newspaper captioned: "Citizens Decry Belle Yallah Road."

However, Messrs. Johnson and Saah, in their reaction, challenged the source of the information, adding that names attached to the article, including James Bawie and Emma Worlor are 'fake' names and the President should not take them serious.

"The author of the story would have done justice if he had gone on the road to capture the number of barley bridges have already been launched, including those that are already being completed and most importantly, the significant progress the contractor has made to reduce much challenging Goma Hill."

The citizens noted that they were taken aback because, the article came after the recent visit of a team of Public Works officials, including Deputy Minister for Administration, Steven Yekeson, and Assistant Minister Sam Nagbe who assessed the progress the contractor has made so far on the road.

According to them, the article does not represent the view of the people from the District as well as the entire County "because we are on the road nearly on a daily basis and we can assure the President and Min. Woods that we are satisfied with the level of work that is actively ongoing.

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