The Government of Liberia (GoL) through the Minister of Public Works Attorney Samuel Kofi Woods says government will ensure that the Gbarnga-Ganta-Guinea Border Road meets international standard. Minister Woods said Liberians in the 21st century deserves nothing but quality roads, and as such, the government through the Ministry of Public Works under his administration will ensure that Liberians get quality roads.
The Public Works Ministry boss made these comments Wednesday, May 8, 2013 at program marking the signing of contract agreement between the GoL and the China Henan International Cooperation Group Co. Limited (CHICO) for the construction of the Gbarnga-Ganta-Guinea Border Road.
Program marking the signing of the contract agreement between the GoL and CHICO was held at the Sanniquellie Administrative Building in Nimba County. The contract for the construction of the Gbarnga-Ganta-Guinea Border Road is valued at US$ 70,934.18. The fund is provided by the GoL and the Liberia Reconstruction Trust Fund (LRTF). The LRTF is a multi-donor trust fund for infrastructural development in Liberia following the 14 years of civil war. Current donors include: Germany, Ireland, Norway, Sweden, UK and the World Bank (through LICUS). The rationale behind this multi-donor approach to infrastructure rehabilitation stems from the sheer scale of Liberia's infrastructure needs.
"We will ensure that the road meets all international standards. Liberians in this 21st century will deserve nothing but quality, and we, at the Ministry of Public Works will ensure that our people get quality road," Minister Woods maintained. He mentioned that the construction of the Gbarnga-Ganta-Guinea Border Road is the beginning of more roads to be come.
He said government has put in place strategy to link all the counties' capitals through paved road. According to him, the development initiative is in fulfillment of President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf's promise to the people of Liberia.
He said the road construction exercise will be taken to other parts of the country. "My key message here is do not doubt President Sirleaf. Again, I say do not doubt President Sirleaf, because she keeps her promises. The roads and other developments we are seeing around here today are as a result of the many travels she made outside of Liberia when she took power," he stated.
With help from the Swedish Government, the Public Works Minister disclosed that there have been several feeder roads completed across the country. He promised that more feeder roads will be constructed across the country. Also speaking at the signing ceremony, Nimba County District #8 Representative, Larry P. Younquoi, lauded the GoL and its donor partners for providing funds for the construction of the Gbarnga-Ganta-Guinea Border Road.
He said the construction of the road is a clear indication that Nimbaians too are part and parcel of the country. "Our roads have been very terrible for traveling since the war, and so we are happy that government has thought it wise to turn on this road. We are so grateful for this initiative," said the Nimba County lawmaker.
"We believe this will not only benefit the people of Nimba, but every Liberian and other West African brothers and sisters," he stated. He said the construction of the road will improve trade and economic growth. For his part, Bong County District #5 Representative, George S. Mulbah, said there can be no development unless the issue of road is addressed.
He said the construction of roads and other public infrastructures around the country is a manifestation of Minister Woods' true patriotism to his nation.
"Since the takeover of Minister Woods at the Ministry of Public Works, he (Woods) has demonstrated true patriotism. We want to use this time to thank him in this public manner for his wonderful innovation as Minister of Public," Rep. Mulbah added.
Meanwhile, following the signing of the contract in Sanniquellie, Minister Woods and a team comprising of Public Works Ministry officials and top officials of Nimba County toured the Liberia border point with Guinea in Ganta, Nimba County.