Finance and Development Planning Minister Amara Konneh says when the 55-kilometer road linking Gbarma to Weasua is completed it will enhance business activities for local entrepreneurs, and create the needed opportunities to improve the standard of living of the citizens.
Speaking at the groundbreaking ceremony of the road project held in Tekpeimah on last Saturday, Minister Konneh said, “On behalf of the President and Vice President of Liberia, we are happy to be here and to appreciate the citizens of this district for being peaceful and contributing to the country’s reconstruction.”
He believes the road project, when started, will also create job opportunities for one hundred youths within Gbarma District.
“Each town will get people working on this road, we will recruit young people from each town like Gbarma, Zoowo, Tekpeimah, Belle Bassa and Sawmill Camp to work and generate income for their households in the period of two years,’’ he assured.
Minister Konneh indicated that the road construction would begin in two phases: the first phase will start from Weasua to Gbarma, while the second phase will continue from Gbarma to Tekpeimah to speed up the process.
The cost of the project is valued at US$3.2M and will be completed in two years, Minister Konneh said.
He further revealed that the Government of Liberia will construct a police depot, a 10 bedroom clinic and an elementary school for the people of Gbarma District. He noted that at the moment there is ongoing negotiation with Cellcom GSM Company to provide telecommunication for the people of Gbarma District.
The ceremony brought together President Pro Temp Armah Zolu Jallah and members of the Gbarpolu Legislative Caucus, Superintendents, Commissioners, Town Chiefs, Students, and Elders of Gbarma District.