Residents Construct Roads with Bare Hands

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    Several young men have embarked on a self-help to reconstruct a 20-mile stretch of road linking Paynesville’s Pipeline Community with Mount Coffee, through Lower Johnsonville, outside Monrovia.

    The youths, under the umbrella of the “Concerned Guys Organization,” said they are cognizant of the deplorable road networks across the country, wherein the government struggles to raise revenue to meet up with the challenges of infrastructure development.

    Members of the Concerned Guys Organization— who sing in unison to their recorded music— go about their work with the aid of manual implements such as shovels, diggers, hoes and cutlasses.

    The youthful and non-political “Concerned Guys Organization,” is headed by Konah Marweah, who is its chairman.

    In an exclusive interview with the Daily Observer over the weekend at one of their working sites, Mr. Marweah said the organization’s campaign to recondition the stretch of road linking Pipeline Community with Lower Johnsonville is based on their desire to help support government’s effort to achieve its developmental objectives; particularly the construction of road networks.

    “We feel for the thousands of residents who are commuting along this route daily. Drivers of motorcycles and other vehicles that manage to travel here overcharge due to the bad condition of the road,” Mr. Marweah lamented.

    According to him, the campaign is being done without any political intent, “because our source of support is the little handouts we receive from motorists and passersby.”

    He said since the area is not covered by the central government’s developmental objectives through the Ministry of Public Works, the residents, mainly the youths, have intervened by building the road with their bare hands.   

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