To adequately manage primary, secondary and feeder roads in the country would require US$100 million every year, for the next 20 years, Public Works Minister, William Gyude Moore has said.Minister Moore made the assertion yesterday at the Ministry of Information’s regular press briefing in Monrovia.He said the US$27 million provided by the government in this year’s budget for construction and pavement of roads is “very little, considering the huge challenges facing many roads in the country.”He said US$4 million within the US$27 million of this year’s budget is for road maintenance, while the balance US$23 million is intended for road construction.Minister Moore said since the inception of Madam Sirleaf’s administration, the government has focused largely on primary and secondary roads throughout the country, while partners continue to handle most of the feeder roads.“We may get involved in taking care of feeder roads, but for the next four years, United States Agency for International Development (USAID) will be financing many of its projects to ensure that communities and neighborhoods are connected,” Minister Moore said.He added, “450KM of feeder roads will be financed by USAID while we will be extending that program to the south east of the country to ensure that since our partners are active on feeder roads, we can focus on primary and secondary roads.”He said the government will continue to invest in primary and secondary roads to ensure that county capitals and major roads are fully connected across the country.Minister Moore explained further that the government and its partners have spent a little over US$700 million on roads, but their maintenance remain a cardinal issue, considering the heavy rainy season in the country.In a related development, the Minister also disclosed that Caldwell Bridge has been completed and plans for its official dedication are in process.He said Liberia’s road network is about 10,000km and many of the people in the rural areas have to walk several hours before reaching to the nearest road.“We have a very limited road network and less than 10 percent is paved. We are talking about paving the remaining 700km of roads including all major streets in the country,” he said.The ministry is focusing on paving streets in all county capitals at a cost amounting to US$2.2 billion.Primary roads connect to city capitals or lead to international borders while secondary roads connect to primary roads and feeder roads connect with farm-to-market roads, homes and other places.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
…as blame game continuesAs the blame game continues as to who is responsible for rescuing the 12-year-old girl who was allegedly abducted and taken to a “ganja” farm along the Berbice River, Police have been dispatched to the area.CC&PA Director Ann GreeneSocial Protection Minister Amna AllyThe story of the missing teen came to light after several sections of the media reported her mother’s plight in finding her. For months, the mother had been engaging the Child Care and Protection Agency (CC&PA) and the Police in a bid to find her daughter, but to no avail.On Wednesday after media reports surfaced, the mother said that she was informed that efforts are being made to rescue the teen. She, however, added that no offers were made to take along a close family member for the search.According to the woman, she went to the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) during the day and at 16:00h she was told to return later in the evening for an update, but when she returned, the Police Station was closed and a padlock was on the door.Meanwhile, the CC&PA said that while it received reports of the missing girl, the mother was sent to make a Police report since it was the Police’s job to find the child.CC&PA Director Ann Greene, when contacted for an update on the matter, told Guyana Times that investigations were underway to determine what occurred. “I now have my officer investigating, so whether or not it’s really us, Probation or what, I got to find out; I’m doing investigations,” Greene highlighted.The mother of the missing teen told this publication on Tuesday that the Police in Berbice and the New Amsterdam office of the CC&PA were well aware of the issue, but had done nothing to actively pursue the matter. She claimed that she first went to the CC&PA and was told that the incident was a Police matter. When the media got wind of the incident on Monday, the Social Protection Ministry requested that it be given one day to pursue efforts to find the missing girl. However, after the story was reported in the press, the Agency embarked on damage control, with a senior official observing that other units involved in protecting children needed to be investigated. These entities are the Probation Office and the Trafficking in Persons Unit in addition to Police.Reports are that the woman’s daughter is being held by two adult brothers at a location in Berbice. The young lady was held along with a 13-year-old who reportedly escaped.They were said to have been held at a camp, where they were subjected to starvation, sexual assault and other forms of abuse.Meanwhile, the 13-year-old girl, who was rescued spoke with Guyana Times in the presence of two adults. She revealed that the ordeal was facilitated by a woman who allegedly moved her from the New Amsterdam Market under the pretext that they were going to collect money that the woman had for the girl’s father.This publication understands that the woman is the mother of the two males who held the girls in captivity.