The NEWS (Monrovia)

18 February 2013

Liberia: Belleh Yallah Road Project Intensified

Debate and skepticism that greeted President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf's promise to the people of Belle District, Gbarpolu County, about the road project to Belle Yallah will soon be over as the construction company is at the completion of the road.

The Liberian Leader in 2009 led an array of government officials, including American and Chinese ambassadors and celebrated the year-end festivities with the people of Belle District.

It was during that visit President Sirleaf formally shut down the notorious prison compound named after Belle Yellah, where successive political regimes before her, reportedly tortured and dehumanized student leaders and opposition politicians indiscriminately along with hard core criminals.

The President did not stop there; she promised to turn the former prison compound to a vocational training center and ensure that the road from Bopolu, the Capital of Gbarpolu County to Belle Yallah was fully constructed.

The Belle Yallah project is the first major road that is being built and exclusively funded by the Government of Liberia.

It appears that the promises made by President Sirleaf will soon become a reality.

Despite government's delay in making timely financial allocation and commitment to the project which has significantly caused delay in the completion of the road, the Pealat Construction Company contracted by the government to implement the project has demonstrated commitment since 2009 to ensure that the project is finished on time.

The Belle Yallah road is amongst several infrastructural projects the President is expected to dedicate during the 2013 Independent Day celebration in Gbarpolu, Bomi and Grand Cape Mount counties.

She announced during last year's Independent Day festival at the Executive Pavilion that she would make a 'non-walk' trip to Belle Yallah during 2013 July 26 Independent Day Season.

Although it is not clear whether the government has settled its financial obligation with the contractor, Pealat has intensified its work on the road in preparation for the dedication ceremony.

A team of journalists over the weekend toured the road to independently verify progress Pealat is making following the President's visit to the county last week.

The contractor, according to our reporter who visited he project site, Pealat's engineers were actively engaged with simultaneous operations, including grading, compacting, clearance, installation of culverts, laying of drainages and backfilling as well as commencement of the final birlay bridges along the road.

As a result of the this progress, commercial activities in the region have increased thus giving hope to the people.

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