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Imminent Danger - Bridge Linking Grand Kru Nears Collapse

July 28, 2014

Grand Kru County is one of the far away from the Capital Monrovia and is inaccessible during mainly the rainy season as roads leading to the county become impassable. The Government of Liberia had just cancelled the celebration of the independence of the country which was scheduled to be jointly hosted by Grand Kru and neighboring Sinoe County citing bad roads and other conditions for the decision.

Days after the decision, a prominent citizen of the county has alarmed that the bridge linking the county to Maryland which is the main route to the county is at the verge of collapse and needs urgent attention. The Nedilor Bridge links Grand Kru to Pleebo in Maryland county, which is the main route used by many travelling into that County.

Gbenimah B. Slopadoe, I told FrontPageAfrica, displaying photos that the bridge is about to collapse and is therefore calling on the Liberian Government and international partners to act in order to avoid a crisis where the county will be completely cut off from the rest of the country.

"The bridge is about to collapse and this is an imminent danger to the county, the county will be completely cut off and people will not have the means to move out, the bridge is sinking and we are calling on the Government and international partners to help the people of Grand Kru county by rebuilding this bridge", said Slopadoe.

According to the former lawmaker, local county officials have informed him that the African development Bank has made commitments to support the project for rebuilding the bridge, but he said, knowing that donor process is time consuming, he is making an urgent call for the ADB to fast track its commitment to the people of Grand Kru.

"I am very concerned because it is better to prevent this from happening than to wait and allow it take place before moving in while the people are already suffering the impact", he indicated.

Special Fund for Roads

The citizen of Grand Kru also said the decision by the Government of Liberia to cancel the hosting of the pending July 26 celebration in the county is not the solution to the problems facing the county. The senatorial candidate for the pending special senatorial election, said the people of Grand Kru are hurt by the cancellation and it serves as evidence of the bad road situation in the county, as he challenged the national government to find a remedy to the situation.

"Cancelling or postponing the celebration in Grand Kru is not the solution to the problem; we need permanent solution which is the construction of roads, our people need roads, if you travel throughout this country, the people will tell you they need roads, so why not we focus on construction of roads", he averred. He said to connect towns and villages around Liberia; the National legislature must make budgetary allocation exclusively for roads with funding placed in an escrow account.

Slopadoe is recommending the allocation of US$45 million by the Legislature to be allotted 3 million for each of the 15 counties for construction of roads. He furthered "If we can have that US$ 3 million per county over the next two to three years only to be used for road construction, it will bring relief to our people, road is a major priority to our people".

Said Slopadoe "we need to empower our people so that they can fend for themselves, all we can do is to give them good roads, and they will be able to move from one place to another for survival".

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Source: AllAfrica

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