Vice President Joseph Boakai has disclosed that pavement of the Gbarnga to Mendikorma road will begin next Dry Season.
The VP made the disclosure recently when he addressed concerns raised by journalists, who travelled with him and his entourage on his week-long post-Ebola tour of Lofa County.
He stated that the feasibility studies on the road have long been done and that its funding was provided by Kuwait.
“It took a long time but the feasibility study has already been done,” VP Boakai said.
He further disclosed that the entire road project will cost the Liberian government more than US$300 million. “That’s not money we have lying anywhere around here. But from the last discussion we had, it has become a priority road. So the President, Finance and Public Works Ministers and the Deputy Minister in the Office of the President who is responsible for coordinating all these kinds of projects, and I, we sat and we decided that come this Dry Season, we are going to make sure that the Gbarnga-Mendikorma road starts,” the VP stated.
He was confident that when the President said it is going to begin, he believes it will happen, quoting a Liberian parlance: “When the blind man says I will throw a rock at you, he already has the rock in his hand.”
Mr. Boakai maintained that “definitely,” they are going to start the project this coming Dry Season, which is scheduled to commence October 15, and last for six months.
Throughout the VP’s week-long tour of Lofa county, citizens, including youth groups, women’s organizations, elders and county leadership, called on the government, through the VP to speed up the asphalt pavement of the Gbarnga-Mendikorma highway.
They stated that they are capable of feeding themselves and the nation but most of the food stuff they produce goes to waste as they are not able to transport them to Monrovia because of the very bad roads and exorbitant fares charged by commercial vehicle operators.
VP Boakai, his wife Kartumu and their entourage visited Mendikorma town on the border with Sierra Leone.
The Gbarnga-Mendikorma highway stretches nearly 280 kilometers from Gbarnga, the capital of Bong, to the Sierra Leone border. The road passes through major towns and cities including Zorzor, Voinjama (Lofa’s capital), Kolahun and Foya, and through a few smaller towns along the way, including Mendikorma.