Poor Roads Are Security Threat
-Public Works Minister Says
Public Works Minister, Mobutu K. Nyenpan has described as ‘national security threat’ the poor state of road connectivity in Liberia, adding that “The situation of roads in our country is a national emergency, and a threat to national security.”
Min. Nyenpan observed that as a result of the poor state of roads in some parts of the country, particularly the southeastern region, citizens are forced to live in isolation during the rainy season, something which, he said, does not mean well for the people of Liberia.According to him, the situation has existed for decades, due to the fact that past regimes decided to ignore it, thereby allowing the people to live in such a state without recourse.
The Public Works Minister noted that the huge infrastructural deficit in terms of road connectivity speaks to the fact that enormous resources are needed to be injected into the road sector in order to enhance road connectivity in the country.
Addressing the Ministry of Information regular press conference in Monrovia last Thursday, Nyenpan said, the government of President George Manneh Weah considers road development a key priority; and as such, the Ministry of Public Works has a singular mission to also improve the living conditions of the Liberian people by helping to implement the government’s objective by building roads across the country.
Among road projects to which the government attaches serious priority according to Min. Nyenpan are the proposed Coastal Highway, which is intended to connect coastal counties with paved roads, as well as the road corridor between Ganta in Nimba County and Zwedru, Grand Gedeh County, among several other major road corridors in southeastern Liberia.
Meanwhile, the Public Works Boss said, if Liberia must account for the wealth of natural resources that it possesses as well as compete with other countries in Africa and the West African region, the nation must endeavor to achieve road development as a priority.