Weah Breaks Ground for US$94.5M RIA Road Expansion, Pavement

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President Weah steps down from the yellow machine after performing the ground breaking for the RIA Highway expansion project.

“Bad Road Medicine is my new title,” he says

President George M. Weah has broken ground for the expansion and pavement of the Roberts International Airport (RIA)-ELWA junction highway, valued at US$94.5 million, an initiative that was greeted with jubilations by scores of Liberians and partners.

At yesterday’s ceremony held at the Unification Town in Margibi County, President Weah said Liberians will now call him “bad road medicine.” The expansion work on the 44-kilometer stretch of highway will be done by East International Group Incorporated, over the period of 36 months (equivalent to three years).

The project is titled: “Upgrading to Dual Carriageway — ELWA-Roberts International Airport Highway,” cuts across Paynesville City in Montserrado County to Unification Town, in Margibi County.

Yesterday’s event witnessed high jubilations and excitements from high profile government officials, diplomats, International dignitaries, students, marketeers, elders, chiefs, government officials, lawmakers, among others, when President George Manneh Weah broke ground for the expansion and pavement of the airport corridor.

Students at the RIA Highway ground-breaking ceremony in Unification Town, Margibi County.

The four-lane road, which is expected to be completed and dedicated in 2023, is expected to also reduce accidents which have claimed the lives of many drivers, passengers and pedestrians, thereby improving the movement of people, goods, and services to and from six of the fifteen counties, namely: Margibi, Grand Bassa, Rivercess, Sinoe, Grand Kru, and Maryland.

President Weah described the groundbreaking ceremony as a ‘historic day’ for Liberians, stating that, what previous administrations have failed to do is what his government is embarking on and, as such, his famous name people call him, ‘Talk and Do’ has been changed to ‘Bad Road Medicine’, a title which he expressed satisfaction with.

“You all are familiar with many of my unofficial titles. For example, during my campaign, before you voted me to victory, you named me ‘COUNTRY GIANT’. After I came to office, and began to deliver on some of my promised projects, you named me ‘TALK AND DO’. For my support for women’s empowerment and the protection of girls and women, I was named ‘FEMINIST-IN-CHIEF’,” the President said.

President Weah says he has yet another unofficial title: “Bad road medicine”

“But now there is a new one which I recently heard, and which I would like to share with you now, because I think that it is very relevant to this occasion. They now call me “‘BAD ROAD MEDICINE”. I am very proud of this new title, which depicts me as the antidote to bad roads, and I will do my very best during the rest of my tenure to deserve it. The Liberian leader described the current road condition as a death trap since its 70 years of existence something which he said has claimed the lives of thousands of unfortunate passengers, both Liberians and foreigners, due to past administrations failures to expand the road.

“The RIA road is a project that is long overdue because of the safety hazards presented by its narrowness and darkness. The RIA Highway has been a death-trap since it was built in the 1940’s, during World War Two. In the 70 years of its existence, it has claimed the lives of thousands of unfortunate passengers, both Liberians and foreigners alike.”

He said the completion of the RIA Highway project, together with the new terminal at the airport, will present the first impressions of Liberia to those traveling to Liberia through the airport. President Weah bragged that since his administration, records of his ground breaking for projects have clearly shown that either that projects have been completed or are progressing according to schedule and, as such, the airport highway project will not be abandoned under his regime.

Assistant Public Works Minister for Operations, KauStella Kialain, who provided the overview of the project, said the ground breaking of the RIA will mark a transformation of Liberia’s road infrastructure. According to her, it was just in 2018, that Public Works Minister Mobutu Vlah Nyenpan, Sr. presented the three dimensional concepts of the expansion of the RIA road at the first ever cabinet retreat held under President George M. Weah.

Madam Kialain said the project has been strategically planned to meet the timeline, but the framework calls for the project to be executed into three lots which include: 1) from Roberts International Airport to Junk River Bridge; 2) from Junk River Bridge to ELWA junction and; 3) the construction of the Junk River Bridge and the upgrading of the existing bridge.

“This project has the total cost of US$94.5 million that is allocated in three major segments.

Diplomatic Corps at the Ground-breaking ceremony for the RIA Highway expansion project in Unification Town, Margibi County

The civil works with the actual construction is valued at US$80 million; design and supervision cost valued at US$7 million; and the management and resettlement action plan valued at US$7.5 million,” Madam Kialain explained. “The length of the road is 45 km or 27.8 miles.

The design of the road takes into consideration many factors, including population density, social activities, and the topography, which led the highway into different sections. The new road, when completed, will have a toll location, which is Junk River Bridge.”

She said the road station at Marshall Junction will include several facilities, including parking lot, green area, rest rooms, vehicle service center, gas station, food court, and convenience stores.

Madam Kialain emphasized that the RIA highway is the major and most convenient route available for travel between the international airport and the nation’s capital city, Monrovia. The highway, she said, connects the corridor from the southeastern part of the country, which hosts three major seaports and provides access to major cash crops concessions, such as Firestone Natural Rubber Company and the Golden Veroleum Oil Palm Plantation in the Southeast.

“Interestingly, this highway currently serves as the most reliable road for the movement of a little over 34% of the total population of the country to the capital, Monrovia where centrally established authority, businesses, socially improved facilities are located,” she said.

World Bank Country Manager, Dr. Khwima Nthara, said this groundbreaking ceremony is yet another major step in underscoring the government’s commitment to the Pro-Poor Agenda for Prosperity and Development (PAPD), which was launched by President Weah at the beginning of his term of office.

Dr. Nthara said the second pillar of the PAPD emphasizes the maintenance of macroeconomic stability, building of good infrastructure, and providing a business-friendly environment that can stimulate private productive investments and create more and better-quality jobs that are critical to sustaining the peace and to future economic growth.

“We at the World Bank Group are honored to have a part in the unfolding story. In particular, our history with this road makes this occasion special, since it was one of the first road infrastructure links to be rehabilitated with World Bank funding in the immediate post-conflict era,” he said.

He said this road link is very important to the economy of Liberia, stating that “from a spatial perspective, the city of Monrovia is gradually expanding in this direction and recent improvements to the aviation infrastructure will stimulate a greater utility of this highway.

Therefore, Dr. Nthara said, it is heartening to see that appropriate steps are being taken to ensure that the transport infrastructure can support the expected demand in the next few years.

Author

  • Anthony Kokoi is a young Liberian sports writer who has an ever-growing passion for the development of the game of football (soccer) and other sports. For the past few years, he has been passionately engaged in reporting the developments of the game in the country. He is an associate member of the Sports Writers Association of Liberia (SWAL). He is a promoter of young talents. He also writes match reports and makes an analysis of Liberian Football.

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  1. A wise person once said, “Economic growth without investment in human development is unsustainable and unethical.”

    It is commendable to finally see a modern road expansion implemented by this government which will eventually give a facelift to the Monrovia/Roberts International Airport Highway.

    However, is the contractor (as the name implies) a top notch Chinese Road Engineering company? Only time will tell.

    If the main purpose for this four-road construction is to reduce accidents then, it has failed its mission. In as much as the purported four-lane road, if completed, will enhance the aesthetic beauty of Liberia, on the other hand, the lack of electricity and proper traffic signals around RAI Highway and Monrovia will pose significant driving hazards to the public.

    After spending 40 years abroad, I visited Liberia a year ago. Driving in Monrovia traffic and other parts of Liberia was terrifying. I visited the old LAMCO Compound, where I once worked in Yekepa, Nimba County (now occupied by ArcelorMittal).

    My traffic observation (January 2019) in Liberia that needs some corrective actions:

    1. There are highly any functioning street lights and traffic signs in the city.
    2. Too many distracted drivers were not obeying the few road signs.
    3. Too many unnecessary blowing of horns in the already congested city of Monrovia: very distractive.
    4. Too many illegally parked cars blocking the flow of traffic.
    5. Pedestrians crossing at their own risks: lack of cross walks.

    6. There are too many dangerous curves (blind spots) with no signs on the high ways.
    7. Too many inexperienced (some unlicensed) drivers driving at excessive speed.
    8. Some Drivers usually stop at rest stops to drink beer or alcohol while behind the wheel.
    9. Too many improper lane changes.
    10. Too many improper turns leading to deadly accidents.

    11. Many drivers in the city followed too closely (tailgating).
    12. Too many potholes leading to tire blow outs and accidents.
    13. Lack of inspection for defective vehicles plying the roads.
    14. Broken down vehicles abandoned on the road.
    15. Lack of adequate public transportations resulting to too many bikes and KeKe plying dangerously on the streets.

    16. Police making frequent stops but not enforcing or impounding vehicles for lack of insurance or traffic violations.
    17. Police receiving brides and letting violators off the hook only to put passengers’ lives in danger.

    Liberia in terms of development has a long way to go. Liberia is far behind when it comes to development in comparison to many African Countries.

    It is good to construct more roads however; it should be done comprehensively or in conjunction with educating the public about traffic safety to cut down on unnecessary traffic deaths in Liberia.

    Mr. President, development is not all about aesthetic beauty. It should also link with human development.
    Therefore, let road development and jobs creation go hand in hand if you want to succeed.

    As Peter Drucker said, “The ultimate resource in economic development is people. It is people, not capitals or raw materials that develop an economy.

  2. Correction: Exhibit 1. There are hardly or barely any functioning street lights…… and not highly.
    RIA (Roberts International Airport). not RAI.

  3. Congratulations President Weah, you mean well for our country! Liberia will see immense transformation under your leadership by God’s Grace.

  4. Wow! This is just another missteps for this administration in prioritizing its road connectivity program to benefit Liberians. Is the RIA road more important than the Gbanga Voinjama road or Ganta to sirclaypea in Liberia giving the road plights of these places? It is important to start from somewhere and that is, tried to fix the road to from Gbanga to Voinjama, Voinjama to Foya or from Ganta to sirclaypea and its environs to look like RIA road. When all the interior roads have looks like present RIA road, then we can face lift the RIA road to the imaginary four lanes.

    How long will the people of the interior region in Liberia get the road they need to transport their crops to Monrovia with ease? The development of the country lies in the frame work on how the government execute programs in Liberia to benefit everyone. Presently, the city of Monrovia is practically Liberia considering the population demographic and government is to blame for this crisis that has traffic stall the city and its encompassing. Instead of vehicles creating traffic as one will imagine, in Liberia, the human traffic is creating serious crisis and government need to act now to create opportunities for people living in the rural area to enable them live like living in Monrovia which will halt the human flow to Monrovia.

    Typically, this will need good roads leading to the interior regions of Liberia and not this present mess that is in existence. I think those that are calling the president “bad road doctor” are the very folks misleading him because, they are not being honest with him. Let us get every major road in Liberia to look like present RIA road, then the title of road Doctor can be claimed. This very RIA road project was part of Madam Sileaf’s post war project but she prioritized her government agenda which brought roads to communities that despritely needed it, instead of fixing road that did not need urgent fixing. Let expand our inner city roads to ease the human and vehicles traffic jammed presently in Monrovia. A typical 15 minutes drive will take a motorist in and around Monrovia 2 hours because of bad roads structures and they are calling you road Doctor?

    • Joseph M. Akoi, your reasoning is very poor that ”we should get every major road in Liberia to look like present RIA road simultaneously.”

      And that is the consequence of your ignorance when it comes to the truth, fact, and reality, that the MODERNITY OF THE RIA HIGHWAY IS THE MOST EFFECTIVE CATALYST for not only rebuilding, or constructing , or modernizing, other highways in the country, but THE CATALYST via which economic investments, developments, and progress, are bound to spread throughout the country with abundance of jobs!

      Don’t you know it was the construction of the RIA decades ago which made Liberia’s major sources of its economy …rubber, iron ore, agriculture, logging, maritime, etc. which brought the major developments (abundance of jobs in western Liberia, eastern Liberia, northern Liberia, coupled with investments by BF GOODRICH RUBBER, LMC, NIOC, BONG MINES, LAMCO, LIBTRACO, ETC.ETC) in Liberia which was brought to a halt and destroyed by Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Benoni Urey, , and Charles Taylor?

      • Mr. Zamawa! How can I or how should one expect all the roads in Liberia to be like RIA road simultaneously done? You might just be totally ignorance to the road conditions in the interiors of Liberia. Was the road from Kakata to bong mines paved during mining operations in Liberian? Was the road from Ganta to Yekepa paved also? No, neither of the roads leading to these jobs opportunities areas was paved but yet, Liberians and foreigners from Everywhere went to these places despite the road conditions seeking employment. I am talking about paving one road at a time in Liberia to look like the present RIA road. My personal question to you is,Will you prioritize a four lane highway for RIA road now or pave the road from Ganta to sirclaypea and the surrounding towns or pave the road from Gbanga to Voinjama and her surrounding towns to look like the present RIA road?

        This is where smart leadership kicks in to prioritized the needs of the people. Has the RIA road becomes that busy to deserve a four lane compared to the hazard liberians and motorist face when travelling from Gbanga to Voinjama or Ganta to sirclaypea? Don’t get me wrong here about the four lane for RIA road. I will preferred even a six lane road that will benefit the future generation of Liberia since the population is growing rapidly. But is that what we need now considering the roads leading to the interior regions of the country? I will say no. And just out of curiosity about my answer to my personal question asked earlier, I will rather preferred the road pave from Gbanga to Voinjama or Ganta to sirclaypea to look like the present RIA road than having a four lane on RIA road where 2 to 3 cars passes bye every 5 minutes.

        That’s what I meant by prioritizing our roads connectivity and you totally took it out of context and labelling me as ignorant. If you will preferred the four lane on the RIA road rather than paving our internal interior regions roads, that will be use to transport food and livestock from the interior to the city, then that’s bad leadership decision which thus have negative impacts on Liberians that dwell in the interior of our country..

          • Hello Mr. Gonleh kopa Maan! Our Africans towns are usually name after individual that did establish the town as a village and eventually today, those towns have grown into cities. Those names are traditional native names that don’t exist in today’s Webster dictionary for correct spelling. They are spell phonetically using the English alphabets. So the word sirclaypea > saclepea > siclapea > all point to the town somewhere in Nimba county. If you think I am wrong to spelled “sirclaypea” the way I did, pls referred me to the correct spelling in the Webster dictionary so I can make the necessary correction next time around.

  5. I thought this President is from Grand Kru? I hope I am not making a mistake. Or is he from Montserrado?
    I know our people like to change from Yarkpawolo to Johnson or Peterson when they get to Monrovia.
    Since when has he ever driven from Monrovia to Barclayville or Sasstown? Or directly from Barclayville to Greenville?
    Mr. President, begin some positive discriminations. We will condemn you as opposition but close your ears to our condemnations and build the road leading to your county. Your people will forever be proud of you and remember you for centuries.
    Look, in the Ivory Coast, the Baoule people are still crying to have Houphouet resurrected despite his discriminatory act of transforming his little village into the political capital of the country with the best road networks in the country, or BEDIE who made his hometown a gorgeous breathtaking city. Do likewise for your village, Mr. President!
    What will it profit a man if he wins the world and loses his own soul? (Biblical!). Food for thought.

    The RIA highway is pliable Mr. President. Will 10% or even 5% of the US$94.5 million benefit the Liberian working class? I don’t even believe Liberians will pocket 1% of that money. Are you happy to see your people hungry to drive on beautiful roads? How will they even afford to buy cars to drive on the beautiful roads you are building? I would have been very happy were even 100 of your partisans to benefit from a decent wage in that construction project.

    Mr. President, you promised fixes! It means you disagreed with what Ellen was doing. Why are you copying her then?

    The first and foremost need for Liberia now is skilled human capital Mr. President. Upgrade BWI, TC, VTC and MVTC to their normal days or even beyond their normal days’ status, or build a modern Polytechnic in Gbarnga. Let’s customize our own developmental technology. We may travel for further studies to gain additional knowledge that may make us versatile on the job market.
    To achieve this dream, create a ministry for higher education and technological innovation. We have astute and qualified Liberians out there who can skillfully and methodically run such agency.
    Look, you looked out and got a very qualified Liberian as Minister of Agriculture. There are thousands of Liberians out there like her. Clean around you Sir. Let go of partisan politics and think about the country.

    Sorry, I forgot that I need the job for my boss Cummings. Sorry for always disclosing some of our beautiful plans here. But you know my people, 6 years is a short time for a leader like Cummings and ‘apologists’ but an eternity for a mundane CDC rulership. You know what, they are even afraid to dare raise the budget to US $1 billion, always swinging around half a billion like their predecessor.
    We will begin with US $2 billion. In the 5th year, we may be proposing US $5 billion.

    How long and boring it is to imagine the rest of the time they have to stay in there!
    Dear God, give us the patience to wait unto your time.

    No more war!

    • Its so ignorant that some people post on here only to show their limitations. Just as most dumb Westerners consider Africa a country instead of a continent of 50+ countries, many in the opposition are blindly considering Southeastern Liberia to be a county instead of a region that comprises five counties namely Grand Kru, Maryland, River Gee, Grand Gedeh, Sinoe. Constructing a modern Highway that connects Monrovia to RIA to the SouthEast is an effort worth commending. This President, by the end of his third year in power will greatly develop and reconstruct Liberia.

  6. Mr. George Manneh Jlarkon Gbekugbeh Feminist-in-Chief Talk-and-Do Bad-Road-Medicine man Weah seems to be on a roll.

    Liberians, meaning friends and foe will dance Disco with Weah when he completes the airport runway and the RIA freeway before or by 2023. Let’s not forget that electricity and running water remain an enigma. But, the year is too early yet. Hopefully before the year ends, maybe Bad-road-Medicine-man Weah will address those concerns for the Liberian people. Of course, there will joy unspeakable.

    If Weah, the Bad-road-Medicine-man takes a critical look at the poor quality of schools in Liberia and demands that the city of Monrovia gets cleaned properly, some important CPP members will abandon their allegiance to a soon-to-be dysfunctional organization in droves in order to campaign for Weah’s re-election bid.

    It looks like the economic climate is about to improve in Liberia. I could list a few areas where progress is being made. But I will remain tight-lipped for now although I am cautiously optimistic about progress in Liberia. Every Liberian would like to see a turnaround in all areas of life throughout the country.

    Are the potential 2023 presidential candidates stressed out already! They could be. Let’s call them the “proponents of phony ideas”.

    Peace

  7. I knew it! Oh I knew someone’s ire would be raised. Yes. Let’s be bold! Let’s be truthful. Let’s give credit to where credit is due. Economic development is coming, if it is not slowly raising its head in mama Liberia.

    Roads must be done. I totally agree. But, come on gentlemen and ladies, it’s been very tough during the first two years of the Weah government. I don’t defend blindly. If he’s wrong, he’s wrong. But let’s keep hope alive. Okay? Like you, I demand progress. But let’s be optimistic. Our country will be okay.

    Peace

  8. If my boss (Cummings) were to be elected come 2023, the road leading to my village would be paved.
    If I were to be elected president of the Republic of Liberia, the entire country would be connected by beautiful road networks in 5 years.

    When they were fooling their ignorant supporters during the time of opposition, they promised to build a coastal highway from Buchanan to Harper in 2 years. Now they have been there for more than 2 years, the feasibility studies for such project have not even begun yet. Now they are redoing a work that has already been done by Ellen.
    Is it a priority now to build a 4-lane road from the RIA to Monrovia? NO Mr. President. Make the country business friendly first and foremost. Let the flow of traffic on that road compel such project. Induce traffic flow at RIA if not such project is non-essential.

    The people of Sinoe and Grand Kru need to bring their produce to the market in Monrovia Mr. President.
    The hard-working women and men of Lofa County have never had the opportunity to drive on paved roads; fix this problem Mr. President as you promised. Project prioritization should be key to succeed in your development endeavors.
    This is not football where if you don’t score on the field of play you can cause penalty to win. Stop diving to cause penalty Mr. President. We call that cheating. Score a fair goal for all to cheer you up!

    No more war!

  9. Congratulations Mr. President, but my concern is what kind of road are you constructing? Is it a marble tile road to cost that amount? 27.4 miles or 44km road to cost that amount? Mr. President, that 94m usd, could do more development in Liberia sir.

    • Everything is going over to the Chinese Manju. The Chinese are at the beginning to the end. They are refusing to work on our human capital. Had it been a Liberian company, it couldn’t have cost that much.
      When are Liberians going to understand this simple logic?
      Dear God, let 2023 come quickly to bring real change to Mama Liberia!

  10. According to the African Development Bank, poor infrastructure, especially good roads, is a critical barrier to reducing poverty and accelerating growth on the African continent. Thus, roads in Liberia are in poor condition due to the war, poor maintenance and other environmental factors. Accordingly, the African Development Bank Group notes that only 6 percent of the national road network of 10,600 kilometers (9,942 miles) is paved. In international circles discussing Liberia, the roads remain a major challenge for Liberia’s socio-economic recovery. For example, bad roads make it difficult for farmers to transport produce or any major transportation/logistic unicorn to invest factories or supply chain operations in Liberia. Besides soliciting helps from only governments and multinational organizations like the IMF or the World Bank, the country should be able to attract high tech, manufacturing or other big logistical companies to directly invest in Liberia by building factories, warehouses, transportation hubs, manufacturing plants, etc. I am speaking of bringing such companies like Amazon, Microsoft, Boeing, Apple, Chevrolet, International Paper, etc. to directly invest in Liberia just like it is done in some other nations. Unfortunately, bad roads continue to serve as a deterrent to attracting such unicorns in Liberia.

    This is why I commend the George Weah led government’s resolve to tackling the roads infrastructure in Liberia. It is no doubt that pave roads will significantly reduce poverty and open up Liberia to more attractive foreign investments thereby boosting economic output. I urge the government not to waiver in its drive to improve the roads infrastructure like it has promised to do while also appealing to loving Liberians to give the government some time and patience in addressing one of the serious challenges facing the country. Some of us have approached investors about Liberia, and one of the things that come up is first and foremost, poor roads, besides other issues. It is believed that most of the country’s challenges will be effectively resolved with paved roads infrastructure. When that task is achieved, some of us will begin to persuade a number of unicorns to come to Liberia like we’ve been doing. For example, some unicorns could use Liberia to produce various items and ship them to customers globally – saving considerably less than is done in some countries. I remain very optimistic about Liberia’s recovery though very bumpy at the moment due to the very dire economic situation facing the masses. Today’s ground breaking ceremony is a great step in the right direction. Congratulations Mr. President!!!

  11. Give president Weah a chance. He may not do all but he will do his best. Noone is perfect. RIA Road project will create somehow jobs for some Liberian.

  12. Incredibly, rather than applauding a remarkable decision, some are engaging in razzmatazz about GMW not prioritizing his own backyard like the late Ivorian President Boigny as if they won’t vilify him should he try. This government needs investors to help resuscitate an inherited sick economy worsened by boneheaded business-killing protests, therefore, making the main gateway into our country meet international standards is encouraging and welcoming.

    Moreover, that particular road project will be a boost for the tourism and hospitality (hotels) industry, a major source of foreign exchange earnings in ECOWAS countries such as The Gambia, Ghana, and Senegal. Whereas some of us hate Liberia for not running her affairs, so, sit 24/7 stirring-up commotion (while armed robbers keep poor communities in fear every night), other countries in the Sub-region are striving. For heaven’s sake, folks, we can do better.

  13. Congrats to Mr. President…..But as for me personally I think the road to Lofa county, the road through Nimba county to Grand Gedeh county should be prioritize because during raining seasons those roads are cut off from vehicles and only bike can get through. I am not insinuating that RIA is not a good idea but it can wait.

    It’s paying a hospital bill of a healthy person for physical to make show they get sick and not pay attention to the person hospitalized with disease already known but no money for treatment.

    In conclusion, I have never build a road neither owned or operated any construction company but 94 Millions for just 28 miles in a rebuilding country it’s wrong. Bad negotiations and deal.

    • Mr. Newt! Thanks a million for the brilliant thoughts and prioritizing ideas on how good leadership should put their needs instead of the wants for the betterment of the country. Good reasoning.

  14. Other roads should certainly be a priority, but there’s another consideration. If one is in high school being evaluated in 10 subjects, can one boast of doing well in mathematics while miserably failing in the other 9? Won’t that student fail? The singular obsession with roads (which only JNB talked about during the campaign) is clearly intended to divert attention from the real issues: 1) an economy that continues to decline into negative growth while the Ivory Coast, Sierra Leone, and Guinea show positive growth 2)a major drop in the Corruption perception index in the world, 3) partisanship over nationalism, and 4) an inability to adhere to the Constitution. Do we have a one track mind? Are we so obsessed with hearing cheers rather than doing the right thing? History tells me that while Rome was burning, Emperor Nero was playing his fiddle, smug, satisfied, and oblivious to the problem. We also know that history repeats itself!

  15. Me. President this contract that cost 94 millions for 28 miles Not a good negotiation by your team.. It us Librarians too too too much few just few miles..

    Clean around you… Government can not, will not enrich anyone.. as others think.

  16. Weah gets criticized for everything he does. For instance, if he wears a total-involvement suit, his critics will say he borrowed the damn suit or maybe he stole it from Aristotle. If he builds a tent in the town or village in which his parents were born, Weah will get yelled at. If he proposes a road construction project or any economic development plan, his enemies will cry bloody murder. At this point, I don’t know what could be said or proposed by Weah.

  17. Happy Sunday, Neighbors,

    Sorry, was not here for a while. Went to the city of the Blue Lake. Bomi County where I was for a few days, but am back now and hope you all had a wonderful time

    uncle hney, My dad told that you came down with the touch of the flu.. hope it is not Coronavirus..haha, just kidding. I hope you feel better

    Tomorrow is going to be a busy day for me. We are going to distribute some book bags to our students and will donate some to few schools. These are from our sponsors from my last visit to California. We are very excited as our students are to receive their items. Some readings materials will also be provided

    We have lots of copybooks. we will provide reading materials to the students and whenever the student reads a book and make a book report, he/she will receive a copybook. but the student will be quizzed on the book he/she read and when it is determined that, indeed, the book was read with understanding, then, will the notebook be given. Any suggestions, folks? Uncle Hney, you were a teacher once, any comments, please? Uncle Dolo?

    We are also embarking on Poems Essays. Open to all our students. 3 prizes.. 150, 125, 100, all in USD. We want to awaken and stir their imaginations and see how far it can go.

    So, yes, I am excited and am ready to go. Will keep you informed, Family.

    Peace.

  18. Welcome back, JM. I hope you enjoyed yourself in Bomi county. I extend my greetings to your dad, mom and sister.

    Healthwise, I am making progress from where I was last week. I am still sick. Thanks be to God, it’s not Coronavirus. I will never wish that on anyone, not even a cat. 🤪

    Book reports are good. But as a teacher, you should give an example of how the book report ought to be done. I don’t know what age group you’re dealing with; the following strategy can be used:

    (1). Name of Story:———————
    (Skip two lines)

    (2). What is the author’s main point in the story?

    (3). What do you think about the story?

    (4). What do you like about the story?

    (5). What don’t you like about the story?

    Once you notice that the kids are getting better, you can get into “summaries”.

    That’s my suggestion.

  19. $94 million dollars for a 28 mile road is grossly inadequate and will only produce a road that most likely will already be obsolete to handle the population growth of Monrovia. What is needed is a modern state of art highway that will be on par with any other highway anywhere in the world. The only reason this is not happening in Liberia is because our government is still operating in the dark ages and apparently have no clue about how modern highways are built and funded. Here is a hint: modern highways are a high value resource that are very attractive investments . It is time that policy makers consider creating concessions and proposals that attract funding from private investors worldwide . Discard the old thinking that roads are an expenditure item. THEY ARE NOT. Roads generate income . How much income could the RIA Highway generate annually? I would say easily about 5 million dollars. So the road potentially could be worth $500 million in 100 years. So it is possible to get a $250 million super highway built by offering a 100 year concession where investors stand to make double their initial investment.

  20. Uncle Hney,

    I am really glad to know that you are doing ok. Feel better soon.

    Thank you so much. Excellent suggestion that you offered. I plan to include it in my overall plan.

    Will let you know how it goes.

    Get well soon, Uncle Hney

    Peace

  21. “You can’t feed yourselves …yet you put your treasures in the wrong soil” What are sheep led by a blind Shepard?..LOST. God help Liberia and it’s people.

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