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Liberia Targets US$3Billion

-For Full Connectivity of Roads

By Jackson C. Clay, Jr.

The Minister of Public Works, Mobutu Vlah Nyenpan says it would require the total of three billion United States dollars for Liberia as a country to fully connect all of its capitals with well paved roads.

Speaking when he appeared Monday, June 11, 2018 before the Liberian Senate on Capitol Hill, Minister Nyenpan said President George Weah has made infrastructure development a key to his developmental agenda.

“It is estimated that the country would need about three billion dollars to adequately address the deficit within the roads sector of the country,” Minister Nyenpan told Senators on Capitol Hill.

Minister Nyenpan stated that Liberia needs to take giant steps and uncompromisingly tackle the issues of bad roads in the country, terming it as national emergency.

The Public Works Minister indicated that ratifying this loan agreement would enable the government to access addition hundred & twenty million, eight hundred and ten thousand United States dollars for pavement works in Monrovia and the northeastern part of the country.

He noted that this loan would capture the construction of major new roads in Monrovia and part adjacent including the Somalia Drive through Kessely Boulevard to Sinkor with a major bridge being constructed.

Minister Nyenpan asserted that both the EBOMAF agreement and the ETON agreement would address about thirty percent (30%) of roads gap within the country’s road sector.

“When EBOMAF and ETON combined, the total of over eight hundred and fifty kilometers of roads in our road network will be paved within the next five years to come,” Minister Nyenpan assured Senators and the Liberian people.

He voiced that this is very important because according to the Public Works Minister, this government would have paved a huge percent of roads ever in the history of the country since its independence.

However, the Public Works Minister appealed to the Liberian Senate to concur with the Plenary of the House of Representatives in ratifying the agreement.

For his part, the Minister of Justice, Cllr. Musa Dean said the loan meets all of the legal requirements and as such, it poses no threat to the country.

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