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Slow Pace of Zwedru-Ziah Town Road Worries MOA Official
By Chris Nyenapee, LINA Grand Gedeh County Correspondent
ZWEDRU CITY, June 19 (LINA) - The Deputy Minister of Planning and Development at the Ministry of Agriculture , Charles McClain, has expressed concern about the slow pace and quality of work on the Zwedru-Ziah Town feeder road.
Deputy Minister McClain was speaking recently following an inspection of the 27 km road currently under the construction.
The project is being sponsored under the Agriculture Sector Rehabilitation Program in collaboration with the African Development Bank.
The project, which was launched in early February 2012, has exceeded its targeted six-month period of completion, causing the concern raised by the minister.
Speaking near Boundary Town in Konobo District where he, accompanied by acting Superintendent Josephus Garley and Development Superintendent Abraham T. Gbeway ended the road inspection, Minister McClain was also troubled by the quality of the project.
He called for corrections on some aspects of the road already done, including drainages, culverts and back filling of bridges to be done before it can be turned over for public use.
He emphasized the need to rework the errors following technical briefing by engineers on his team.
The road should have been turned over to Government by September 2012, a promise that is yet to be fulfilled after two years, raising eyebrows here.
However, some sources have attributed the delay in completing the project to failure to make payment to the contractor.
Other operations inspected during the deputy minister’s tour were swamp development at various sites for massive rice production and the opening up of farm-to-market roads for farmers to gain access to markets.
The deputy minister and party were earlier welcomed to the county by acting Superintendent Garley, who stressed the importance citizens attach to the road project.
He added that the County Superintendent, Peter L.Solo, who is currently on a working visit to Monrovia, is equally concerned and would like to see the project completed soon.