The road connecting Ganta to Tappita, Lower Nimba County, via Saclepea is in such a bad state again, it is said to be creating hardships for the towns and villages spanning the road as prices of goods and services have risen far too high for the mostly poor inhabitants to bear.
Trucks and trailers carried goods splattered with mud along the road between Kpaytuo Town and the Graie Township, which is among the wost affected parts of the road.
Mr. James Yarkerseh Kolor, Director of Christian Foundation Liberia, a local non-governmental organization (NGO) conducting in-service teacher training in Grand Gedeh County, said he had spent three days on the road at the time of this interveiw.
“Due to the bad road, we have spent three days on the road, since we left Ganta for Grand Gedeh County to go train the teachers; an exercise which has been going on for about 10 months,” Mr. Kolor told this reporter on the road.
“See here,” he pointed on a worst affected spot of the road, as he spoke, “we will be abandoning the car for motorcycles so as to reach quicker.”
Mamadee Kamara, a lorry driver told this newspaper how he and his crew spent a week on the road from Ganta before reaching Tappita, because of the pile of mud before reaching Graie Township.
“I am transporting rice, vegetable oil to Grand Kru County and it is causing us too much money to get there,” he said.
“For every time the truck gets stuck, we spend money to pull it out,” Kamara complained.
“I am not using the route to Sinoe with some goods owing to the damaged bridge between Rivercess and Sinoe where we are finding it hard to even reach Grand Geded,” said another driver.
He said the road between Grand Gedeh and Sinoe is very bad, so it means they would spend the remaining time for the trip on the high way.
The Daily Observer gathered that prices of rice and other commodities have gone up from L$1700 to L$2000 in Tappita and L$2200 in Zwedru respectively.
The prices of petroleum product are said to be skyrocketing, thus causing transportation fares to also go up from L$1500 to L$2500 between Ganta to Zwedru. The price hikes are directly connected to the deplorable road condition on that frequently traveled route.
Travelers moving between Ganta and Tappita are often using motorcycles, which fares have also gone from L$1000 to L$1750.
Last year, the same road condition became deplorable leaving many vehicles bearing food and fuel supplies bound for the southeast stranded for sometimes more than an entire week.