Delays in the pavement of the Ganta–Yekepa road was highlighted during the dedication ceremony of the newly constructed 8th Judicial Circuit Court in Sanniquellie, Nimba County political capital on September 2.
Some of the speakers requested the government to pave the road so as to enhance free movement of goods and services as well as smooth running of the court.
Superintendent Door Cooper appealed to President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to use the last days of her administration to pave he road as promised by her government.
“Madam President”, he said, “if you can use the last days of your administration to pave this road so that it enhances development projects, residents would highly remember you,” Cooper told the gathering with President Sirleaf listening.
His statement was buttressed by the head of the Nimba Bar Association, Cllr. Roland Dahn, who also appealed to the government to pave the road.
“This magnificent building will not become fully functional unless this road is paved, because if that is done, lawyers and party litigants will follow their cases to the letter,” Cllr. Dahn said.
The pavement of the stretch of road from Ganta to Yekepa via Sanniquellie remains one of the cardinal issues in the county, specifically during this electioneering period.
Early this year, the government reaffirmed its commitment to pave the road before the Sirleaf-led administration tenure expired, but up to date, the road remains deplorable with its pavement in limbo.
However, in her response, President Sirleaf told the Nimba gathering that her government had anticipated that the road will be paved, “but in any case, the work is in progress and will surely be completed.”
It is not definite whether the road will actually be paved before the end of the Unity Party-led administration comes to an end early next year.
In a related development, President Sirleaf also expressed disappointment that the county Legislative Caucus was absent from the occasion.
But, Senator Prince Y. Johnson responded on a local radio in his capacity as chairman of the county Caucus, expressing frustration in the government for not paving the Ganta–Sanniquellie road up to present.
Sen. Johnson said members of the caucus have on many occasions approached the President on the status of the road, “but she continues to play deaf ear and so we were tired of visiting her office on the same issue over and over.”
The Eighth Judicial Circuit Court Complex was funded by the Government of Liberia. It is constructed to enhance speedy trial and relieve the government of unnecessary spending, which include rental fees pay to owners of private properties for used often as courtrooms.
The complex consists of the revenue, traffic, and debt courts, as well as the main court. It also contains homes for both assigned resident judges.
The complex also includes a branch of criminal court “E,” where cases of alleged violence against women or rape will be held.
“This complex will provide speedy and quality services in the judicial system,” said Chief Justice Francis Korkpor.
The complex also contains offices of the county attorney, defense lawyers, chambers for all the judges as well as offices for the clerks and a modern library.