MONROVIA-The Liberian Leader, President George M. Weah has disclosed the giant steps the Government has taken aimed at salvaging the country’s road deficit.
Delivering the 6th State of the Nation Address, (SONA) on Monday, January 30, 2023, President Weah mentioned that the road network continues to remain the focus and passion of his Administration.
The Liberian Leader hinted that considerable gains have been made in the road sector and that the Ministry of Public Works remains the fulcrum of the government’s developmental agenda.
He mentioned that the Ministry has embarked on the full execution of its mandate to plan, procure, and construct public infrastructure throughout the country.
President Weah stressed that Public Works has continued its constructive engagements with Liberia’s traditional financing partners, and has been successful in raising funds for the construction of new primary road networks, as well as for the implementation of several additional development projects.
“With the support of our partners, we have made significant gains in the pavement of primary roads for all ongoing projects. To date, a total of 45 km have been paved on the Gbarnga to Salayea road corridor, 20 km has been paved on the Ganta to Saclepea road, and 31 km of the Sanniquellie to Loguatuo road corridor has been paved”
The Liberian Leader announced that the government has begun the pavement of 30 km of the Ganta to Yekepa Road Corridor, and continues to make progress on the Robertsport to Medina road and the RIA road corridor; both of which are funded exclusively by the Government of Liberia.
He pointed out that the 40 km Tappitta to Toe’s Town road construction project is ongoing, while the government has commenced the payment of project-affected persons along this corridor.
“In an effort to ensure accessibility of our people between Ganta and Zwedru, I reported to this body in my address last year that the Government was engaged in discussions with the World Bank to secure the financing that will alleviate the problems faced by commuters using this stretch of road” the Liberian Leader averred.
He mentioned that with the partners’ support, the government has secured the required funding to connect the remaining 75km between Toe’s Town and Zwedru City as well as the 10km road corridor between Toe’s Town and the Ivorian border.
President Weah stressed that in addition to these achievements in the sector, the Consultant for the design and studies of the 110 km road corridor between Flewokan to Zwedru has been procured through funding by the African Development Bank.
“This is the last remaining road section between Zwedru and Fish Town, for which my Administration has already secured the financing. With these major commitments secured and processes ongoing for the preparation of documents leading to the procurement of consultants and contractors, I can assure this august body that our nation is on a positive path to make the smooth travel from Ganta to Harper on asphalt paved road a reality he indicated.”
President Weah noted that the construction of the 20 km road section between Fish Town to Flewokan is currently ongoing.