1 February 2013

Liberia: Kebbah Road Project Uncertain

Road construction work on the main stretch of road linking the Kebbah Community in Barnersville to the Somalia drive has stopped with no reasons cited.

The project, which took off soon after the rainy season last year, initially put smiles on the faces of many Kebbah residents but the work has been halted with marketers and other business people who use the road leaving in doubt.

According to some residents of the community, the deplorable condition of the Kebbah road is only discussed in the media during the rainy season every year. They added that after the rainy season, not much is usually done to repair the road in a way that would guarantee its usefulness for the next rainy season.

"Our big, big people have been raising our hopes for this one road for too long. During the 2011 Presidential and general elections, President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf came here and promised to do something good about our road if we voted for her, but our road is even more deplorable now than the time she made such promise," said an elder in the community.

It can be recalled that during the 2012 rainy season, road blocks were set up by youths of the community in an attempt to draw government's attention to repair the damaged road.

The youths reportedly blamed much of the damage done to the road on sand truck owners and operators.

"These heavy trucks carry loads of sand and crushed rocks daily for commercial purposes, but their operators play blind eye to deep potholes they create on the road," another resident complained.

Kebbah is one of the fast developing communities in the Barnersville Township. It is situated between Dixville and Johnsonville. Not only does the Kebbah road connect to the Somalia Drive at the front, it also links Duala at the back.

The Kebbah Road project has been in the media for a long time. Appearing on the Truth Breakfast Show Thursday, District #11 Representative Gabriel Nyekan promised that the road will be paved as he has been assured by the Ministry of Public Works and relevant institutions.

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