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Deplorable Road In Southeast Tops Senate Constituency Report
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Deplorable Road In Southeast Tops Senate Constituency Report
By Wilfred Gortor

MONROVIA, January 12 (LINA) - The appalling condition of roads leading to the Southeast of Liberia has raised eyebrows as several members of the Liberian Senate hailing from the region have expressed disenchantment over the impassable roads in the area.

This condition, which has also increased travel time as well as hiked economic constraints occasioned by the drop in supply of goods and services to major cities in the region, has been characterized as a national priority that needs to be urgently
addressed.

Presenting their Constituency Reports in plenary on Thursday, several Senators, including Milton Teahjay, Dan Morais, Peter Coleman, Albert Chea and Alphonso Gaye, resolved to stand their grounds in advocating for the necessary budgetary support to finance major road projects in the region.

"Roads in the Southeast constitute a major challenge," noted Senator Milton Teahjay, who hails from Sinoe County.

He added: "We keep passing loan agreements for road development, but good roads leading to the Southeast are lacking, and our people sent us to represent them, and not to be dignified spectators; so we must act now."

Teahjay said the region will not experience any growth and development as long roads are not built or rehabilitated.

He wants Senators from the Southeast to stand firm in their quest to attract the necessary financing through budgetary allocations to enhance road development in the area.

In his report, Senator Dan Morais alluded to the economic hardship being experienced by the people of Maryland County, noting that Legislative projects in the county have come to a standstill due to the lack means to transport supplies, logistics and other equipment.

"We cannot sit here and allow the status quo to continue,” Grand Kru County Senator Peter Coleman said.

According to Coleman, he and other Senators from the Southeast are resolved and will not ratify any loan or road financing agreement that does not take the interest of the Southeast into consideration.

For his part, Grand Kru County Senator Albert Chea recommended that in order to address the deplorable road condition in the region the legislature should develop a national road policy and strategy to identify funding for road development in the country.
LINA WSG/TSS/PTK

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