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Voinjama Citizens Building 5km Self-Help Road

By Korboi Gbelewala, LINA Lofa County Correspondent

VOINJAMA, September 30 (LINA) - Despite the Ebola outbreak in Lofa County, citizens of Kpakolomai and Wenzeazu Towns in Voinjama District have embarked on the construction of a five-kilometer road on self-help basis.

The road project, which began early September, is expected to be completed in November, the Town Chief of Kpakolomai Town, Forkpayea Zawuluyan, told the Liberia News Agency Monday.

He said the project is being undertaken to promote socio-economic development in the area, noting that the inaccessibility of the two towns was a source of hardship to the citizens even before the Ebola outbreak.

Chief Zawuluyan noted that the leaderships of both towns agreed early this year to construct their own road to make the towns accessible to commercial vehicles, saying that this will help residents to transport their farm produce to nearby markets.

He noted that due to lack of roads, most of their local produce got rotten, while sick people sometimes die from curable sicknesses while en route to nearby clinics or hospitals.

He told LINA that in the midst of this Ebola crises, the citizens, especially the youth, have agreed to provide manpower to carry out the construction work by using hoes, cutlasses, diggers and shovels.

He said the citizens of both towns are responsible to provide food for the workforce as well as power saws and gas to fell trees and logs to be used as bridges to link both towns to other areas in the district.

Mr. Zawuluyan regretted that the two towns have not benefitted from the Social and County Development Funds.

 Mr. Zawuluyan is meanwhile appealing to the Lofa County authorities, especially the Legislative Caucus, to contribute towards the road project to ensure its successful implementation.

LINA KKG/TSS/PTK

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