Lofians ‘Doubtful’

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Many Lofians have expressed doubt over recent information circulating that the Government of Liberia will this year commence the pavement of the Gbarnga-Voinjama highway. These naysayers claim that President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s silence over the construction of the road during her recent trip to Lofa, the first leg of her nationwide tour, clearly indicates that the project will not go on.

According to the citizens, pieces of information have been circulating in the county that government has finalized plans to begin the construction of the road this year. The first phase of the project, which begins from Gbarnga to Konia, was expected to have kicked-off earlier this year.

The pieces of information were confirmed by the County development Superintendent, Krubo Janka, at a re-union ceremony of citizens of Kpademai in December last year. President Sirleaf also publicly mentioned the commencement of the project this year when she delivered her State of the Nation address on January 27, 2014.

The citizens explained most of them were unable to listen to the President when she made mention of the project. They expressed little interest in what government officials say because they often make promises they have no intention of keeping.

The Lofa citizens said their leader should have— at the very least— mentioned the project when she was in their presence. This, according to them, would have brought some level of relief to all Lofians because it would now be seen as a fact.

Mr. Frederick Jallah of Voinjama City said the Liberian President’s refusal to speak on the matter during her tour of the county cast a shadow of doubt over the entire project. He expressed the opinion that her silence indicated that it may not be possible this year, next year or the remainder of her tenure.

Mr. Jallah, who is a cocoa farmer said: “I’m really disappointed with President Sirleaf’s visit to Lofa County. One of the most important things I was anxious to hear during the President’s visit to the county was her position on the issue of the road; this is a major priority for the Lofian people.”

He added, “If she had mentioned something about it while in the county we would have been very happy and believed that the project would soon become a reality. We do not trust the leaders that we have in this county. Some of them have repeatedly told us things that do not come to pass; so we don’t listen to them anymore. This is why we wanted to hear evidence of the road project from the President herself.”

The anxiety of the Lofians over the construction of the highway is as result of the deplorable conditions of the road both in the dry and rainy season; making it difficult for citizens to move from one place to the next. Business people and farmers spend days and even weeks, especially during the rainy season, on the road trying to get their goods to the markets, but are impeded by the poor conditions of the road.

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