Citizens and business people of Lofa County will soon be relieved of some of the difficulties and inconveniences they encounter every year as a result of the deplorable condition of the Gbarnga-Voinjama Highway. That much talked-about ‘bad’ road is on the verge of becoming history, thanks to the government of Liberia that has announced plans to shortly begin turning the road into a modern highway.
The Development Superintendent of Lofa, Madam Krubo Jones Janka, made the revelation recently in Kpademai Lofa County. It was during a reunion, at which several citizens of the township converged to meet and interact with friends and family members after several of years’ absence, due to the Liberian civil crisis.
Madam Janka said that government has made plans to have the road constructed beginning this year. She did not say when the project is expected to kick-off or which construction company will be building the road.
What she did say was that the first phase of the project will take the road from Gbarnga to Konia, and it will begin the early in the year. She noted that all preparations have been made for the project to start at the time expected.
The pavement of the Lofa comes as good news to the county’s many farmers who will be well-positioned to make profits from their farm products. The road project also stands to have a great impact on the Liberian economy as Lofa is traditionally known as the bread- basket of the nation.
The pavement of the highway eventually means that the people who ply the road, notably, merchants, are about to get much relief from a road that is often plagued by mud during the rains and by dust during the dries.
During the rainy season, vehicles from Monrovia and other parts of the country spend weeks trying to reach their destinations in Lofa. The situation sometimes leads to the destruction of goods and products along the highway.
The development Superintendent’s disclosure was made immediately after an eminent son of the county blasted the government of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf for deserting the county whose infrastructure—including roads—lie in a terrible state.
He said that the desertion of Lofa by the current government came as a total surprise as the people of that county has shown much support and loyalty to President Sirleaf by supporting her candidacy and overwhelming electing her in both 2005 and 2011.
Meanwhile, the news of the pending developmental project was met with smiles and applauses from citizens who had looks of disenchantments and frustration on their faces after Mr. Kollie addressed the unexplainable neglect the county had suffered under the present leadership.
Some Lofaians interviewed by this reporter expressed joys on hearing the news that the pavement of the road would take-off this year. They lauded government for the decision.
Jerome Jallah, a citizen of the county, had this to say: “We have suffered too long, especially during the rainy season, travel in and out of our county. Thanks to God, government is coming to construct our road at last and put to an end the difficulties we endured every year. I am grateful to President Sirleaf and her entire government because we have long awaited this.”
An elderly woman, Ma Krubo Kollie said: “The pavement of this road will really help some of us in this place, because we will be able to carry our plantains, bananas and other products from our farms without many expenses; soon, we will be able to save money to send our children to better schools.”
Ma Krubo, in her mid-fifties, continued: “The road condition, especially during the dry season, can be very bad. To go to Monrovia, especially when you want to carry goods can be very expensive for some of us who already do not have money,”
“This can lead to the destruction of our goods as we have no means of taking them to the market. The paved-road will help improve the living conditions of those of us in this county,” she concluded.