Although, the Ministry of Public Works (MPW) has explained the delay in construction of the Police Academy Road in Paynesville as due to lack of funding, residents of the Police Academy Community have called upon the government to address the environmental hazard being caused on the road by copious amounts of dust leftover from incomplete construction.
The Assistant Minister for Operations and Construction at the MPW, William L. Slour, made the disclosure on Monday, January 6, to some residents of the community at his office in Monrovia.
The residents convened the meeting to seek the MPW’s attention in solving the environmental problem the dust is causing in their community.
At least 820 students are currently not in class at the Ann Sandell Independent School along the Police Academy road in Paynesville as dust from the unpaved road has covered every surface of the campus.
Some residents of the area have reported experiencing health problems as a result of inhaling the dust.
Explaining to the residents at the meeting, Minister Slour disclosed that the company could not continue the road project due to lack of compensation for those whose structures are to be demolished.
“The Government has not provided the money needed for the Resettlement Action Plan (RAP) in order to implement the road project. We have learnt that the company is therefore opting to discontinue. RAP being put into effect, is the only way the project can continue”, he disclosed.
The road construction is being undertaken by CHICO, a Chinese construction company.
The Public Works Assistant Minister promised to apply all efforts in addressing the concerns of the Police Academy residents.
“We are going to contact the management of CHICO to sprinkle water on the road in order to reduce the dust as part of their social responsibility,” he concluded.
The Daily Observer contacted the management of CHICO and will tackle the story from their angle in a follow-up article.