House Sanctions Public Works Minister’s Extension Request

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Members of the House of Representatives have consented to defer the reappearance of Public Works Minister, Dr. Antoinette Weeks from Thursday, 12 June to Thursday, 26 June 2014.

The lawmakers made the overwhelming decision during their 36th day sitting on Thursday, June 12, 2014 owing to a request for extension to appear before the House of Representatives.

Dr. Weeks should have continued her 16-page report, which began Tuesday, June 10 relating to the poor quality road and infrastructures in the country.

According to the Public Works Minister, 34 contracts were singled-source and about US$500,000 were spent to mark the Buchanan highway amongst others.

Meanwhile, in her letter to the Representatives in session, she pleaded for a request permission from the House of Representatives to reschedule for reappearance for two (2) weeks until Thursday, June 26, 2014 due to several pre-scheduled and pending commitments of the Ministry of Public Works (Ministry).

“Some of these pre-scheduled and pending commitments include but not limited to the following; a jointly sponsored workshop by the Ministry of Public Works and Government of Sweden through the Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA) as part of the Liberian Swedish Feeder Roads Project (LSFRP) covering Best Practice Guidelines, Design Standards, Road Alignment, Road Curvature, Drainage Design, Culvert Design on June 12,” Dr. Weeks wrote.

She added: “Meeting with ArcelorMittal for the Ganta-to-Yekepa Road Upgrade Conditions on June 12, 2014 and visit to the Southeast to assess the road conditions and work process scheduled for the week of June 16-21, 2014 and several other pending House and External project-related issues to be addressed by the Ministry during the next two weeks.”

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