Monrovia – President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf on Thursday, April 14, 2016 inspected several infrastructure projects – mainly roads in Montserrado and Margibi counties; commencing the roads inspection train from SD Cooper Junction to the intersection of the SKD Sports Complex.
According to an Executive Mansion release, the President was joined by recovering Public Works Minister, Gyude Moore, Information Minister, Eugene Nagbe, an array of government officials, a dozen engineers from the Ministry of Public Works and scores of journalists from both the print and electronic media.
The Liberian leader’s entourage continued to the Marshall, Margibi County to inspect ongoing construction works under the auspices of the SSF Construction Firm.
In Marshall, she interacted with the contractors and urged them to do everything humanly possible to accelerate the pace of work as the raining season was past approaching.
Departing the Marshall Highway, pupils of the Kpakpakon Elementary School along the road caught the President’s eye amid chanting and jubilation in acknowledgement of the President’s transformation agenda.
The school’s Headmaster informed the number one person in government about the mysterious disappearance of all panel doors installed on the various classrooms as well as textbooks provided by the Ministry of Education. In response, President Sirleaf promised to ensure the necessary interventions were made to rescue the unfortunate situation.
President Sirleaf’s convoy then set out for the Police Academy road under construction where she was briefed by a young Liberian-born female engineer within the employ of the Ministry of Public Works on various levels of rehabilitation work done and layers of stages at which the contractors are at the moment.
Meanwhile, the inspection of projects also took the President’s delegation on the Somalia Drive – where Japanese-owned Dai Nippon Construction (DNC) is implementing the construction of a 13.2km Freeport to Red-Light project. When completed, the project will ease congestion along the Somalia Drive and promote economic and social activities.
Phase I of the project will focus on the expansion of the current 2-lane to 4-lane, constructing 2 completely new lanes along the current road; the construction of a new Stockton Bridge and repair of Double Bridge.
In a brief remarks, the Director Somalia Drive project, informed President Sirleaf of difficulties being experienced in the execution of the project as dozens of cars lined and were posing total obstruction to construction works.
Responding, President Sirleaf said it was regrettable that those for whom that project is being implemented could be the ones impeding efforts aimed at bringing de-congestion and relief to a milestone investment estimated to benefit approximately 300,000 people cum road users.
She however assured Dai Nippon Construction of her government’s preparedness to squarely deal with the situation to end the nightmare frequently encountered by the contractors. She said the government was under obligation to swiftly address whatever disturbing situation that affects the contractors’ performance.
She indicated Cabinet has mandated a Ministerial Task Force responsible to ensure that the obtaining precedents are reversed in the best interest of the country and its people.
Also inspected, was the Kesselly Boulevard located opposite the Barnersville Junction where a new innovation and cost-saving road construction technology is being tested by engineers of the Ministry of Public Works.
Again, a third female engineer from the Public Works was on site to provide President Sirleaf and entourage an update on the trail version, which she said was proving workable so far.
The convoy made its way to the Doe Community area as its next stop during which President Sirleaf along with her delegation was taken along an access road, which if rehabilitated and connected by bridge will link the Doe Community to Clara Town thereby reducing vehicular traffic in the area.
In a related development, the Liberian leader made a technical stop in Logan in order to inspect ongoing rehabilitation works that leads to Brewerville; as the tour was climaxed by the inspection of a newly constructed road that runs through Clara Town and completes a semi-circle.
The once pot-holed littered community has changed so dramatically but it remains to be seen if Liberians will add value by taking the appropriate sanitary measures for their own safety. Undoubtedly, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s administration is fulfilling as promised.