Vice President Joseph N. Boakai has reaffirmed government’s commitment to improving road network in Nimba County. Vice President Boakai made the disclosure on Monday when he broke ground for the construction of over 105.57km of feeder in Sanniquellie. Addressing citizens of the County during a well attended indoor program marking the ceremony, the Vice President noted that the people of the county deserve such development, because, according to him, it was in Sanniquellie the Organization of African Unity (OAU) now called Africa Union was established.
Meanwhile, he called on contractors who are expected to implement the projects not to compromise quality and sounded a very strong caveat that the Ellen Johnson Sirleaf regime will not hesitate to terminate the services of defaulting contractors. For his part, Public Works Minister, Attorney Samuel Kofi Woods, has described the ground breaking as a remarkable progress. Min. Wood asserted that as a former student leader, his quest for development in the County started as far back as 1986 when he was invited to organize the student movement in Sanniquellie under the Liberia National Student Union (LINSU).
Min. Woods noted that government was committed to providing quality road network for the people of Nimba County. According to him, when government needed help; the people of Nimba used their machines to maintain critical areas on major highway connecting the county, a gesture he described as timely and necessary for collective national development. Min. Woods, who is noted for his uncompromising posture by always demanding and putting pressure on contractors to deliver quality and durable infrastructures to the Liberian people under his regime, told the crowd that he was brought to the Ministry to institute a number of reform measures.
As if with renewed dynamism, Min. Woods has reiterated the commitment of his administration to closely monitor the implementation of road projects across the country to the fullest and challenged the contractors to use the money for the intended purpose, noting that Liberia is in the era of transparency and accountability. “You have to list the amount for each contract and share with the residents and community members so that they are aware of what’s allocated for each project as a way of making them to take ownership of the project”, Minister Woods.
In a rather uncompromising deposition, the former student leader was very clear and did not put any manner of falsehood when he said, nonperforming contractors will be blacklisted and if possible, taking to court. At the same time, the hardworking Public Works Minister, whom the President once described as a trusted lieutenant and ally, appealed to the contractors to also include women in their workforce, particularly during the implementation of those projects.
He assured the people of Nimba that the contract for the Gbarnga to Ganta-Guinea border road project would be signed early next year.
Some of the citizens thanked SIDA for their contribution to Liberia’s recovery process. The project is being funded by the Swedish government.