Belle and Salayea Districts to Self-Help Road Project Soon

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Representative Kannie Wesso inspecting the project site in Belle District

-Rep. Wesso begins road project to connect both districts in Gbarpolu and Lofa Counties

Citizens of Salayea District, Lofa County have begun a consultation on how to begin a road construction that would connect Salayea District with Belle District in Gbarpolu County across the Via River.

This labor-intensive project will be solely reliant on the use of manpower without road-building machinery; meaning that men are going to use cutlasses and axes to cut down trees and brush.

The initiative, undertaken by the Gbarpolu County District #2 Representative, Kanie Wesso, is meant to create easy access for citizens of that part of the country to have a free movement.

Road connectivity in central and northern Liberia has become a serious challenge leaving citizens of the region to walk for hours, or a day between towns and villages in search of their economic needs on a daily basis.

The Via River, which divides Belle and Salayea Districts, has become a major impediment to trade and social activities. Citizens ride canoes for hours, which poses a greater risk of people drowning.

Based on these challenges, Rep. Wesso has undertaken a series of road construction projects in that part of the country to ease the constraints facing citizens.  The project would allow vehicles and motorcycles to ply those roads to introduce commercial transportation that will help the locals to move easily.

The Gbarpolu Lawmaker says besides roads, he has initiated several other projects including the provision of medical drugs in various parts district.

Rep. Wesso, also distributed farming materials including cutlasses and other tools to citizens of the district to enhance their farming activities.

Speaking at a welcoming ceremony in Kpayaquelleh Town, Wesso said his aim is to buttress the government’s pro-poor agenda in connecting roads and initiating other development projects that would alleviate the suffering of the struggling masses.

Neakia, which is a town situated 40 kilometers from the Via River, is without medical facility and roads and has about 6,000 inhabitants.

The Gbarpolu Lawmaker is urging citizens of the two districts to cooperate with the development agenda as he is doing everything possible to bring sanity to the district.

He said once these projects are being initiated, it will be the first time in two decades that people of the districts will have some relief and smooth movement in that part of the country to encourage trade and other basic social services.

He also lauded President George Weah for his support to the county and promised to put before him the issue of road connections to the county.

In a separate response, the traditional leaders in both districts lauded Representative Kanie Wesso for the planned initiative and said they will support the process to the fullest.

By the end of February 2020, citizens of Salayea and Belle Districts in Lofa and Gbarpolu Counties will begin the massive felling of trees to begin the construction of the road connecting Gborsangaye town in Salayea to the Via River.

The planned project is a result of negotiation between Rep. Wesso and the elders and residents of Kpayaquelleh town in Salayea district.

The Gbarpolu County Representative, speaking at the meeting in Kpayaquelleh in Salayea district, said that, as a surety for his plan to construct the road, he will send working tools including five dozen cutlasses, five bags of rice and cash in order for the process to begin.

2 COMMENTS

  1. Hon. Wesso! I give the gust and courage you have for such a self help project that will ease the burden of transportation between the towns and residents of that part of lofa and Gbapolu. It may sound primitive considering the 21st century that we now observed for nations and its people to used axes and cutlasses to build motor road in the midst of D-10’s and bulldozers but if that’s what it has cones to, so be it and the end results is what say it all.

    These are just few of the road priority our government should be considering rather than these imaginary highways that Is leading to nowhere. It’s all about actions now and not words,the voters should remind their politicians this coming October senatorial election.

  2. Dear Liberians,

    Isn’t it high time we decentralized our administration to enable each county to have autonomy to undertake profitable economic ventures and use the proceeds to embark on basic local infrastructure development while the central government oversaw protection, major infrastructure development and diplomatic policies?

    If not, some people in some parts of Liberia will NEVER ever drive on paved roads, drink pipe borne water, use electricity or telecommunications facilities until death, unless they travel to Monrovia or neighboring countries or Europe or the USA.

    How long shall we sit idly and see the same thing being repeated to produce different results? Can’t we see that unpatriotic behaviors from citizenry derive from the dire and deplorable living conditions plaguing the country heartlessly ignored by past and present selfish, duffer and mundane leaderships?

    I hope I am not sounding stupid or like an ass or an idiot as usual? Let’s imagine ourselves living in the 21st Century and building motor roads using primitive methods like the 19th Century when the inland of Liberia was being explored.

    Representative Wesso, we are living in the 21st Century. Access to education, good health care, safe drinking water, good roads, housing and telecommunications are rights and not privileges. File a lawsuit at the International Criminal Court (ICC) against the Government of Liberia on behalf of your people to construct that road. These are crimes against humanity. Stop misusing manpower. No one will take the risk to travel on any manmade road in the 21st Century. It is your right to demand roads for your people!

    You know, what really hurts me is that they are there till the dusk of 2023; which means practically 4 more years. Do we know what other governments achieve within such period of time? Yet we are to cope with the trial and error banditry leadership that spends it’s time depriving the poor of basic human rights.
    What is the current volume of traffic between the RIA and Monrovia that will need $94.5 million to burn? There are less than 10 airliners plying the RIA per week. This money could have been used to start the project between Gbarnga and Voinjama.

    A nation building must begin come 2023. The ANC will wipe the tears off the faces of the brave women and men of Liberia. We will sincerely work in the interest of the people and this we solemnly swear, so help us God!

    No more war!

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