3 July 2014

Liberia: House Mandates Public Works to Develop Comprehensive Zoning, Drainage Plan

The Honorable House of Representatives has mandated the Ministry of Public Works to work with its Committees on Public Works as well as Contract and Monopoly in order to develop a comprehensive Zoning, Drainage and road plan for the Country.

The House's plenary took the unanimous decision in Tuesday regular session. The plenary told the committee to have the work done at a soonest possible time and report same to Plenary.

The motion to have the Ministry Officials to cooperate with the Legislature comes after nearly two hours of oversight hearing on the state of the nation's infra-structural program and the performance of the Ministry.

Hon. Edwin Snowe District # 6 Montserrado County made the motion. His motion cautions the Ministry's officials to cultivate a culture of respect for members of the Legislature by responding to inquiries on conditions of the roads in their respective districts.

Responding to concerns from the Lawmakers, the Deputy Minister for Technical Services, Claude Langley admitted to several problems the ministry is confronted with in addressing the poor condition of road construction and maintenance across the country.

He pointed out that the Ministry lacks equipment and relays on the Legislature to appropriate funding in the proposed 2014/2015 Budget to secure earth moving equipment.

Nearly all the Lawmakers were vocal on the poor state of infra-structural despite the huge funding in subsequent budgets.

They expressed frustration over the failure of the Ministry to properly supervisor the on going road construction projects across the country and advice the Ministry to prevail on both Chinese owned CICO and CHICO to live up to the terms and conditions of exiting contracts with the Government of Liberia.

The Paynesville to Gbarnga Highway is being constructed with the removal of deep curves.

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