Many Liberian socio-economic and political commentators have repeatedly reminded the government that a good road network should be one of the nation’s top priorities.
These pundits have also stressed that 99 percent of what Liberians do in terms of movement, interaction and economic activity, depend the country’s roads.
They have continually emphasized that a safe and modern road network would help boost vibrant economic and political activities throughout the country. Something everyone in the nation hopes for through 2014 and beyond.
Liberians of all walks of life have endured deplorable road conditions for years.
Urban markets, supermarkets and restaurants depend on locally produced commodities from rural Liberia to enhance profit and meet the demands of Monrovia’s population of 1.2 million.
Education & Impediments:
One commentator said that better roads would make it possible for better equipped schools could be built in rural Liberia. However, if the road leading to that school’s surrounding community is in a poor condition, monitoring and supervision become illusive.
Several community colleges have been established in some strategic parts of Liberia in order to deter urban migration by the nation’s youth in search of education.
Reports gathered from those community colleges continue to emphasize the difficulties these institutions face in the timely provision of educational materials.
If such conditions exist with large institutions, then what will become of a small school placed in the remote village of Boutou, in Nimba County?
Health & Medical Provision:
The Liberian Government and its support and development partners have constructed many medical facilities in hard-to-reach communities in both urban and rural Liberia.
The intents and purposes of these facilities— according to health authorities— are for Liberians and foreigners to have access and affordable medical care at any given point in time at any place in the country.
A nurse assigned at a health post in Lukasu, Lawou Kazarku told the Observer that they see their supervisors and others associated with the health center ‘once in a blue moon.’ A situation owed to the terrible condition of the road. This state of affairs is only made worse during the Rainy Season.
Ms. Kazarku underscored the need for sustained and uninterrupted services to such remote parts of the country in order to ensure the safety and protection of rural Liberians.
Nurse Kazarku concluded by urging the Liberian Government and its support partners to prioritize the building of the roads for the sake of all Liberians.