By: Joseph Titus Yekeryan
Former Bong County Legislative Caucus Chair, George Mulbah has called for the intervention of the Bong and Lofa counties Legislative Caucuses in the delay in the Gbarnga-Salayea road construction project.
Mr. Mulbah said the construction works on the Lofa road has been halted for several months now, with “no reasons given” by the company hired to build, CHICO and the Ministry of Public Works for the delay.
Appearing on Radio Gbarnga “Let’s Find Out” at the weekend, former Rep. Mulbah said the delay in the project stems from the government’s failure to ensure that the donors make good on their promises.
“It will be very good for Lawmakers from the two counties to quickly invite the Ministry of Public works and the company to ascertain the actual cause that has brought the delay in the work. Let our Lawmakers question those responsible,” he said.
The Ministry of Finance and Development Planning, during the administration of Madam Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf on February 22, 2016, signed a US $ 20m loan agreement with the OPEC Fund for International Development to support the pavement of the first phase of the Gbarnga-Mendikormah road project. The Sirleaf’s administration also pledged to work with the Saudi Fund for Development, the Arab Bank for Economic Development in Africa and Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development to finance the rest of the project.
The 81 kilometers stretch is a USp$72m project, which aims to enhance the economic and social development of the central region of Liberia and link the country with neighbouring Guinea and Sierra Leone.
Since the groundbreaking ceremony in 2017, construction works on the road have been delayed.
The construction works came to a halt in September of 2020 and it is yet to resume.
Former Representative Mulbah believes that the intervention of the Lofa and Bong Legislative Caucuses will put the executive’s feet to the fire to ensure that the project is completed soon.