Rehabilitation work on the road connecting one of Nimba County’s remotest and less developed districts, the Gbi and Dorlu, was on October 26 launched by the county’s authorities. The project is part of the ongoing rehabilitation of the feeder roads across Nimba.
The road work, which is estimated at about US$250, 000, is expected to continue for the next 60 days or more, the county Superintendent, Fong G. Zuagele said.
Supt. Zuagele told residents of the area that rehabilitation of the road is part of the county’s initiative to rehabilitate all the feeder roads, adding “it is not being done by anybody from the district.”
The Superintendent’s statement, an insider said, is in reaction to a recent pronouncement by some of the residents that they are the brains behind the project.
“When I first took over as Superintendent, the first district I visited was Gbi and Dorlu where I saw the hardship the citizens were going through when it comes to the bad road networks. So this work is going to go on as long as it should be so that nearly all the towns and villages in the district can be connected,” he said.
Residents, who have long been crying over “marginalization,” turned out in their numbers and warmly celebrated the commencement of the rehabilitation work.
But Superintendent Zuagele urged the residents to cooperate with the road workers while they are carrying on the rehabilitation exercise by waving their rights to anything that would be damaged along the road during the process.
“We will be opening the road from the way of Kwedin to Camp #1 in Gbi & Dorlu because this road does not have many creeks, and is also connected to many of the towns and villages,” Peterson Walker, Project Management Committee Chair said.
Representative R. Mantenokay Tingban, whose Electoral District includes Gbi & Dorlu, has expressed appreciation for the road work, “because the deplorable condition of this road had hampered many development initiatives including building of schools and health facilities in the district.”
He said the re-opening of the road will allow partners to visit the district regularly with school supplies, while there will be no delay in the supply of any essential materials for the residents.
Meanwhile, the head of the Gbi & Dorlu Development Association has assured his county leadership of the citizens’ fullest cooperation in providing all necessary help that will enhance the work.
Grant Steven Thomas, student leader of the district said, “We will stop all the noise concerning our development, because we have reached the fruits of our distress.”
Gbi and Dorlu is one of the administrative districts in Nimba that is situated under the Tappita Statutory District. It is located in the southern part of the county connecting to Rivercess County.
The district is one of Nimba’s administrative districts that are behind in development because the road networks which were first opened in the 70s have since collapsed.
Since that time, the main road connecting most of the villages to the road from Tappita passing through Kwedin is yet to be rehabilitated, depriving the district of major development initiatives.