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Jacob N.B. Parley (+231-886560455/777604576)
Minister Mobutu V. Nyenpan
Minister Mobutu V. Nyenpan

MONROVIA, LIBERIA-Liberia’s Public Works Minister, Mr. Mobutu Nyenpan has described the entity as the heartbeat of the Coalition for Democratic Change-led Government, under the constitutional command of President George Manneh Weah.

“Efforts are ongoing to keep Liberia’s major corridor passable during the rainy season that is already at the door steps of the country”.

Minister Nyenpan named the major corridors, first and foremost the rout coming out of Grand Bassa County to get to Cestos City, River Cess County, leaving from Greenville City, Sinoe County to Barclayville City in Grand Kru County and from that point to Pleebo City, Maryland County.

He said the mentioned places account for major corridors in Liberia that usually witness major challenges during the rainy season. He also named the Ganta to Tappita area, from Tapppita to Zwedru, Grand Gedeh County and from Grand Gedeh to River Gee County.

Minister Nyenpan also named from Bong County to Lofa, from Brewerville in Montserrado County to Bopolu, Gbarpolu County and from Medina to Roberts Sports in Grand Cape Mounty County as other corridors.

He said the named areas constitute significant portion of Liberia’s road network.

Mr. Nyenpan said as the heart of government, the Public Works Ministry will ensure that Liberia’s long running dream for modern road connectivity is achieved.

A deplorable road in Southeastern Liberia (Credit: Daily Observer)

 

Making his first appearance  Monday, April 23, 2018 on a magazine program of the Liberia Broadcasting System(Super Morning Show), since he officially took over the Public Works Ministry some two months ago, Minister Nyenpan said, the first thing he embarked upon after formally taking over the ministry was an assessment of the country’s roads.

He said the exercise gave him a complete picture of the country’s current road network, which Mr. Nyenpan termed as challenging.

Speaking further on the Super Morning Show, he noted that with the completion of the assessment in several counties, including, Nimba, Sinoe, Grand Gedeh, Grand Kru, the Ministry is now in the stage of planning and designing and that  efforts continue to be exerted to tackle major issues associated with ensuring road connectivity across Liberia.

Mr. Nyenpan also said another team from the Public Works Ministry is heading for the Western Region of Liberia on similar mission so as to arrive at   what is obtaining in that area concerning the condition of the roads.

“There are enormous challenges when it comes to road connectivity in Liberia.” Minister Nyenpan observed. Mr. Nyenpan said it was regrettable to note that a country of over 170 years is still challenged as a result of poor infrastructure.

He disclosed that Liberia’s current road network is about 11,000 kilometers, with somewhere around less than 1000 kilometers paved. The Public Works minister further noted that even the 10,000 kilometers of the country’s road work that is not paved, 90% is normally inaccessible during the rainy season.

“This matter speaks volumes about the enormity of the problems confronted with our road network.” Minister Nyenpan told ELBC Radio.

He said deplorable roads are a major contributing factor to the difficulties being experienced by Liberians and added that President George Weah considers infrastructure as a fulcrum of the CDC-led Government.

Mr. Nyenpan, speaking further told the ELBC News that President Weah is committed to seeing his promises to the country delivered, as demonstrated by efforts being made by him to reach out to Liberia’s development partners since he formally took over on January 22, 2018.

Expanding on the radio talk show, Minister Nyenpan said the Liberian government is not sitting, but noted that several projects are ongoing. He named them as the 50 kilometers   Dixville-Kebbah-Barnersville Road, which is 100% funded by the Liberian government and the 2.8 kilometers Police Academy Road in Paynesville.

The man of charge of leading Liberia’s road construction/rehabilitation programs also noted that his recent trip to the Asian nation of Japan was informed by the current challenges being experienced by Liberia, regarding infrastructure development, including the issue of roads.

He also spoke about the 13.2 kilometers Somalia Drive-Gardnersvlle Road and the 50 kilometers Fish Town- Karlohken Road in the Southeastern Region of Liberia, which are funded by the partners of Liberia. 

Mr. Nyenpan, on the other hand said he is happy for inheriting a workforce of committed employees at the Public Works Ministry, including other political appointees, stressing that with such team spirit and diligence, the Ministry stands to achieve a lot.

He however called on Liberians to exercise patience as the volume of work at the Public Works Ministry cannot be addressed through magic.

 


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