President George Weah has reassured the people of Bong County of his government’s commitment to complete the Bong County Technical College (BCTC) and the cement pavement of the Gbarnga’s Broad Street.
The President made the disclosure on Friday, October 26, in Gbarnga when he toured the two projects at the close of a special cabinet meeting held in the city.
Accompanied by Vice President Jewel Howard Taylor and an array of government officials, President Weah assured the residents of government’s commitment to ensure that Gbarnga’s Broad Street’s pavement and the Bong County Technical College are completed.
“This government takes serious interest in investing in human development and the completion of the BCTC, while the road pavement will enhance free movement of residents,” he said to a cheering crowd of supporters.
During the 2017 Presidential and Legislative elections campaign, Mr. Weah (then Senator) announced in Gbarnga, Bong County, that if elected President of Liberia at the October polls, he would make education absolutely free from kindergarten to high school and his administration would complete the BCTC.
“This Gbarnga’s Broad Street road is among the 43 roads earmarked by this government through the Ministry of Public Works to be paved this dry season to enhance free flow of goods and services,” the president emphasized.
Funding for the two projects are provided by companies operating in the county as part of their corporate social responsibilities as enshrined in the Mineral Development Agreement (MDA) that the concessionaires signed with the government.
Active work on the college started in September 2010, with the agreement between the contractors and the county leadership that the first phase of the project, which comprises the school and the administration buildings, would have been completed in 2012. However, despite the county leadership spending almost US$7 million on the construction work, the building project is yet to reach completion.
As for Gbarnga’s Broad Street pavement, active work commenced in 2015, with East International, a Chinese Construction Firm that won the bid in the tune of US$ 1.3 million for the 6.0 kilometers road and half of the amount was paid upfront by the county leadership to the company. But 40 percent of the road has not been completed, the Daily Observer learnt.