The final phase of the pavement of Gbarnga – Ganta road has again gotten underway after days of suspension owing to some discrepancies which arose from the payment of compensations to those whose houses were in the right away.
On Monday, June 1, the Chinese construction equipment began working on the stretch of road connecting Ganta City center to the borderline with Guinea.
Buildings and other structures were demolished along the road, while traders at the main street found new locations to sell at.
Kebeh Budy, a resident of Ganta said, “We are breaking down our homes gradually for the passage of the road and before the deadline reaches, the part of the building marked will be cleared or demolished.”
Residents voluntarily demolished their homes in order to meet with the four weeks’ deadline set by the Ministry of Public Works.
On Tuesday May 26, roadwork stopped as CHICO, the construction company, parked their equipment, including earth moving machines, less than three days after the work started, (Sunday, May 24).
Mr. Lahaison Waritay, Public Works Residents Engineer, said, “The team from Monrovia had to reappraise those whose properties were earlier underestimated and who have now received their just benefits.”
However, there still remain pockets of dissatisfaction among some residents.
Chris N. Darwon, a resident of Guinea Road, expressed disappointment with the way the process was conducted by the payment team.”
Darwon complained that the demolition exercise took almost all his house and the portion that left couldn’t accommodate his entire family.
“The US$1,175 given is not enough to relocate my family,” he said.
He added that he requested for the payment of the remaining portion of the house but the team did not agree.