Huge potholes near Red Light Market that have made commuting difficult must claim the attention of the Liberian government, commuters interviewed by the Daily Observer said yesterday in Paynesville, Monrovia.
They said they cannot understand why the Ministry of Public Works would not make it a priority to end their commuting problems by ensuring that the road leading from Red Light to Mount Barclay is rehabilitated.
“We cannot understand the logic in this,” a driver who commutes to Mount Barclay said. “Maybe it is a curse that we cannot get the Ministry of Public Works to make good its promise to improve roads in this area.”
Several commuters told the Daily Observer that they are frustrated about what they see as outright neglect by authorities responsible to rehabilitate roads that could ease the transportation problems of many Liberians.
“See what we are going through here,” said a driver pointing out a private vehicle stuck in the mud that was being pushed out by several bystanders who practically stood in the muddy water. “What can we do to get help to rehabilitate this road and make our lives better?”
He said he commutes from Red Light to Mount Barclay, “and it is a daily struggle to walk through the mud.” He said due to the bad road, cars, trucks and other vehicles are always held up for hours, increasing people’s frustration.
In a recent interview concerning what could be done to rehabilitate the road, an official of the Liberia Coca Cola Bottling Company (LCCBC) said though they take their corporate social responsibilities to ease problems in the locality seriously, the road project is the Liberian Government’s responsibility to the people.
“However, we are prepared to work with the government to improve the living conditions of the community,” he added.
The LCCBC official mentioned the recently inaugurated high school in the community, the Alexander B. Cummings Model Science and Technology – named in honor of the Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer of Coca-Cola Company, Alex Cummings, who founded it and intends it to be a school that will admit students on the basis of merit. The founding of the school by the LCCBC’s Executive clearly demonstrates the company’s determination to help the community, an official said.
Meanwhile a source at the Paynesville City Corporation told the Daily Observer that the rehabilitation of the road is in the hands of the Chinese contractors who are presently paving the road from Ganta to the Guinean border. The Daily Observer learned further that the contract would extend from Ganta to ELWA junction.
Another source added that the rehabilitation is a World Bank project, and “therefore before the contract starts, owners of structures and houses that are in the right of way would have to be paid for them to relocate and their structures demolished as it was done prior to commencing the Ganta road project. The money would have to come from the Liberian government and so patience is needed while the right things are done.”