Bad Roads Cause Economic Decline in Southeast

A portion of the road that is among some of 'hard-to-cross spots.

By Ben T.C. Brooks-Zwedru

Deplorable road conditions are a major challenge for travelers in Southeastern Grand Gedeh, River Gee, Maryland, Sinoe and Grand Kru counties.

The situation continues to cause an inflation in the prices of basic commodities, including transportation fare, rice, petroleum products, etc.

The situation is getting worse daily, due primarily to the rainy season that has made some portion of the roads impassable.

In a Daily Observer interview, some commuters spoke of the deplorable  road condition of the routes along the Tappita-Zwedru highway and the Zwedru-Harper corridor, with many businesspeople saying that the situation has economically imposed hardship on them, causing a sharp decline of basic commodities on the market.

In Zwedru, for example, a gallon of gasoline is now sold at L$1,000, which is the same with a gallon of diesel fuel, while a 25kg bag of rice is being sold at $5,000.

Regarding travels, the transport fare from Zwedru to Ganta, in Nimba County, is mostly negotiated between L$7-8,000; Zwedru-Greenville, Sinoe County, would cost L$6,000 and Zwedru-Fish Town in River Gee County is L$4,700.

In the midst of all this, motorbikes remain the most convenient means of transportation in the region, thus making life unbearable and to the extend that some businesspeople have suspended all business activities until the dry season.

To cope with such a situation, Grand Gedeh County authorities have pleaded with travelers, most importantly businesspeople, to remain patient, “because the government will soon address the impasse.”


  1. Bad roads have always existed in Liberia. In fact, there’s one main road in Liberia. It’s the road that starts from downtown Harper city, Maryland county and runs through the counties of Gee, Grand Gedeh, Nimba, Bong, Margibi, Montserrado, Bomi and then eventually ends in Cape Mount county. Although there’re many roads in Liberia, none is as long or traveled on by Liberians and non-Liberians alike. Despite the fact that it’s been the main road, the Liberian main road (with such a dubious distinction), has never ever been properly serviced. Governmental complacency or inadequacy? Who knows?

    The Liberian main road is at its worst during the rainy season in the counties of Maryland, Gee, Grand Gedeh and some parts of Nimba. According to unconfirmed sources, the Chinese construction workers are making progress in terms of paving the unpaved parts of the Liberian main road. It is not clear why the government of Mr. Doe decided to pave the Liberian main road from Montserrado county all the way to Cape Mount county and not from Maryland county up to Nimba county. Someone should have told Doe that Mr. F. Hney is not theatrical or contemptuous, but rather a genteel Southeastern derivative. Letting him know would have made all the difference. Or, Doe should have known that its longer from Maryland to Nimba county than it is from Montserrado to Cape Mount county.

    A harbinger:
    An unseen conundrum exists! The Liberian main road will be fully paved one of these years. Also, the Liberian rainy season will not slow down in the near future irrespective of global warming. That means erosion will occur during and after the Liberian main road is finally paved. In order for the Liberian main road to be properly maintained or serviced, intercounty toll plazas need to be built. When toll booths or plazas are constructed between the counties, motorists will be required to pay a fee. Hopefully, the fees that’ll be collected from motorists will perform two main tasks:
    1. Toll booth workers will have a job and

    2. The money received will be used for road repairs.

  2. Hallo.
    I stated those basic elementary roads, bridges, etc issues in my 2017 platform.
    The problem is Liberia does not have the qualify people empowered. In fact she made very clear that book was no important; a sin.
    Liberia’s road conditions are the same since the first roads in the 1930s, 1940s when Roman did the first built. My father told me about those dev.
    Where are the students from
    Ricks, BWI, CWA, LTI, St Patrick’s, MCSS, Gbarnga, Lofa, etc?
    Why did we go to school? Maybe we learned things that the don’t need?
    God bless.

    • Correction: In fact she made it very clear that book was not important; a sin.

    • Correction:
      Maybe we learned things we do not need.
      God bless.

  3. Mr. F. Hney
    The main road that you alluded to does not run thru grand cape county. you have to branch off the your main road to then continue your journey to Cape mount. Just thought to let you know, sir.

    Toll booth built where? You a dreamer, Uncle Hney. I await that day.

  4. Comrade Joe,
    Let’s backtrack for a second. In your previous post that I read, you politely questioned whether the name behind the letter F could be disclosed by me. Well, that cannot and will not happen without a fight. By suggesting that, I think you have created a headache for me as well as for you and all commenters who actively operate on this circuit.

    Prior to your inquiry, I had planned to gut the letter F from the quadratic equation completely. I had anticipated using the family name “Hney”, instead of F. Hney. The second plan, entitled “plan B” called for a swift action! Gut “Hney” by subsequently using just “F”! As always Joe, your suggestion is being awaited. To all readers and commenters, your suggestion will be appreciated.

    The Liberian Main Road Issue:
    Detailing how the Liberian main road starts from Maryland county and how it slithers through 7 counties was not a faux pas. Please do not count that against me as a peccadillo. The road ends in Cape Mount county. Comrade Joe, I don’t care how you slice the ice, or how you or a potential motorist may wish to “branch off” from the Liberian Main road, Cape Mount county is the end of the main road.

    The ball spins back in your court:
    1. Comrade Joe, where does one branch off from the main road in order to get to Cape Mount county?

    2. Is it mandatory for a motorist to branch off from the main road?

  5. Uncle Hney, your name is your own, no doubt about that. How you choose to call yourself is your perogative. F. Hney, in mind own thinking, sounds mysterious and and, again, in my own simple thinking, F is most often a middle initial. But you chose to make it your first . F Hney. Are you a detective or something? I hazard to guess that you must be somewhat of a scholar or, I will even venture to say, a philosopher. I stand corrected, sir.

    To the road in question: let us say that the road continues all the way thru Duala to Bai T. Moore’s town of Dimeh and unto Clay, and if you were to continue on, you would eventually reach bomi county. So, to get to Cape Mount County, one would need to brach off from that road and take the Ibrahim Babangida Highway which will take you to Cape mounty county and, if you choose to travel further, that road will take you to Bo Waterside. Just history.

    Sir no one, certainly not me, is going to fight you to get you to disclose to us what the F stands for. you must like mystery and if the letter adds to the aura that surrounds you, hey, let it be. But what I think about you is that you play your life in a grand arena and the F is part of that mystique.

    Be safe Uncle Hney, or should I say, uncle F. Hney.

  6. Honorable Gentleman, J. Moses:
    You deserve the title of an honorable gentleman! With your quick grasp of issues, you are the quintessential type to be employed in the government of Liberia. If you’re employed by the government of Liberia, it is asset. If you’re not yet employed in the government of Liberia, an immediate search for a shaker and a mover such as you, should commence. Let’s break no bones about that!

    So your narrative about “our intercounty” road was read. I gathered from your explanation that you may have traveled northwest of Liberia before…… or maybe several times in the past. The mention of the former Nigerian strongman, Babangida explains it all. I do have a property in the Brewerville area of greater Monrovia. But, I have never gone further than that.

    On the issue of my name change, I will stick with F. Hney for now. The full name will continue to elude my fellow compatriots for the time being. Who knows? Maybe, in the future, the contents of F will be disclosed.

    Hang in there gentleman.

  7. I was but a toddler when the name babangida was given to that road. My dad is a historian and he narrated the story to me.

    Should you decide to make Brewerville your place of residency, I will be the first to welcome you as it is my place of residency, and no, I am not in the employ of government. I am a businessman.

    I eagerly look forward to the day you will be so kind as to disclose the contents of F.

    Stay well, Uncle F. Hney.

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