The New Dawn (Monrovia)

26 August 2014

Liberia: U.S.$5.7 Million for Gbarnga Streets?

Gbarnga — The Assistant Superintendent of Bong County for Development says the county will need the minimum of US$5. 7m to pave 9.6 kilometers of streets in Gbarnga. Mr. Anthony Sheriff told journalists in Gbarnga that the quotations sent to the county administration by construction companies, including CICO- Liberia for the pavement of the stipulated portion of road in Gbarnga cost between US$5.7 to US$7.9m.

Mr. Sheriff said, though citizens and other prominent sons of the county were making serious recommendations to pave the streets of Gbarnga, the amount was too huge, judging from a survey conducted. The Bong County Development Superintendent said he has kept the various quotations to take to the County Development Sitting for discussion.

He said the County remains concern about the plights of its citizens and would take every suggestion coming from them as a working tool. The Development Superintendent was responding to suggestions from citizens to use the US$250, 000.00 allotted for feasibility studies during the last Council Development Sitting as part of the pavement of the roads. Several citizens suggested that the money be given to either of the Chinese Companies currently paving major roads in the country to reconstruct the streets of Gbarnga.

Commerce Ministry Arrests Fish Seller in Gbarnga

The Ministry of Commerce and Industry regional Office in Gbarnga, Bong County has begun confiscating goods from unscrupulous traders in the habit of increasing prices using the Ebola outbreak in the country. Making the disclosure to this paper, its Regional Coordinator John Kuoh said the measure was intended to ensure that people who are in the habit of escalating the prices of basic commodities desist.

Mr. Kuoh made specific reference to a dealer in fish, who, he said, sold decayed fish to the public at a very high price. According to him, he was informed that Kpannah Giddings was selling decayed fish in the Far-east community at a very high price- a tip-off that immediately led him and his team to seize the fish.

Kpannah Giddings admitted to our Bong County correspondent that the fish were rotten, but had no intention of selling the commodity. Madam Giddings said she usually goes to the cold storage for fish to sell, but the fish in question was rotten and was not good for consumption. She, however, appealed to the ministry to have her released, as fish-selling was her only means of earning a living for her family.

Episcopal Church Donates to Bong County

The Episcopal Church of Liberia has presented over eight thousand United States Dollar worth of anti-Ebola materials to the Bong County Ebola Task Force. Making the Presentation on behalf of the church at the Bong County Health Team offices on the Phebe Hospital Compound, the church said it was its own way of identifying with the Bong County Ebola Task Force as it continues the fight against the deadly virus.

The church added that during this critical period, it thought not to play a background role, but get actively involved with the fight, extending gratitude to Ebola Task force for its consistent efforts in the fight against the virus.

It emphasized that the food items were mainly intended for the county's quarantined communities, further describing the donation at the beginning of their campaign against Ebola. The Episcopal Church disclosed that its Bishop will today, Tuesday makes available a consignment of medical supplies to the Phebe Hospital.

Items donated include one hundred bags of rice, twenty cartons of Argo oil, ten cartoons of sardine, as well as seventy five buckets for washing hands, among others. Receiving the items, a representative of the office of Bong County Superintendent lauded the effort of the Episcopal Church of Liberia for such huge donation.

The County's Budget Officer expressed Superintendent Selena Polson Mappy's gratitude to the church for the latest donation and called on others to follow its example. Phebe Hospital Administrator Kerson Saykor, on behalf of the Bong County Health Team, said the journey covered by the church from Monrovia to Gbarnga for the donation only showed how committed the church was in the fight against Ebola. Mr. Saykor expressed the belief that it would be easy to overcome the virus if everyone joins hands against the virus.

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