Maryland County Senator Dan Morias
Senators Concerned About Lack Of Equipment At MPW
By Wilfred Gortor
MONROVIA, October 9 (LINA) – Members of the Liberian Senate have expressed concern and disappointment over the lack of earthmoving machines and other road construction equipment at the Ministry of Public Works (MPW).
The Senators at their 11th Day Extraordinary Sitting on Thursday expressed the disappointment after they were informed by Public Works Minister Gyude Moore that the lack of equipment and adequate funding were hampering the ministry’s ability to address the deplorable condition of roads in Southeastern Liberia.
Flowing Moore’s explanation, Maryland County Senator Dan Morias stressed the need for the MPW to be given the necessary support to enhance its ability to address the deplorable condition of roads in the country.
Morias wondered why the Ministry of Defense should have more road building equipment than the Ministry of Public Works which has the statutory responsibility to build infrastructure in the country.
Sinoe County Senator Milton Teahjay acknowledged Moore’s argument of lack of adequate funding. Teahjay disclosed that out of a budget of $US107 million the Ministry of Public Works submitted a for the 2015/2016 Fiscal Year, the legislature appropriated only $US23 million, a figure that is far below what was requested by the ministry.
According to Teahjay the ministry cannot build and maintain roads with such limited budget, and urged the Senate to take the necessary steps to increase the ministry’s budget.
Nimba Country Senator Prince Johnson also sympathized with the Ministry of Public Works over the lack of equipment and adequate funding, noting that this is also evidenced by the fact that the ministry owed the Nimba County Legislative Caucus the sum of $US300.000 as rental fee for the use of the county’s earthmoving equipment.
Johnson has meanwhile urged the Ministry of Public Works to settle its indebtedness to the county, following which the caucus will consider whether the ministry of public works can use the equipment to alleviate the deplorable road condition in the southeast.