Monrovia, Liberia- The President of the Republic of Liberia, Dr. George Manneh Weah, in a quest to see firsthand the progress contractors have made, on Monday conducted inspection of several community road projects around Montserrado County.
Accompanied by Mr. Mobutu Nyenpan, Minister of Public Works; Finance Minister Samuel Tweah, and Minister of State Mr. Nathaniel McGill, President Weah made stops at more than a dozen road projects connecting several communities in the county.
Speaking to the press after the inspection exercise, Public Works Minister, Hon. Mobutu Nyenpan said, the Monday road inspection by President Weah was his last before the deadline given to contractors to complete the various projects. He told journalists that any future visit by the President to various projects will be for the purpose of officially dedicating them.
“Today we are very glad and thankful to the President for keeping our feet to the fire, because his presence also, in the field consistently, tells us at the Ministry of Public Works that we need to work hard and work harder,” Minister Nyenpan added.
The Public Works boss also thanked both local and international contractors for the level and progress of work they are doing. He said, the President presence on the field to inspect ongoing roadwork is not only about looking at the physical progress, but also critical and analytical look which enables him to make adequate recommendations when necessary. Minister Nyenpan told reporters that recommendations from His Excellency are taken seriously by his Ministry, and often injected into the Ministry’s construction plans.
“The Ministry has put into place, the appropriate mechanisms to ensure a rigorous and vigorous supervision of these roads; not only by Ministry of Public Works Engineers, but by consultants who are out in the field everyday checking on contractors.”
They make sure, one, that the roads are being constructed consistent with the specifications, and to make sure, two, that these roads are being built consistent with the designs,” Minister Nyenpan said.
For his part, President George Weah thanked Liberians for paying their taxes which are enabling the construction of the roads he was visiting. He said, his mandate to Liberians does not only mean he should sit in office.
“I can work from anywhere, meaning, I can work from on the plane or anywhere, and I am still working for the country. Being out here today is part of my job. To leave my office today and go to see how projects are ongoing is important. I think when contractors see me, it gives them more courage to work.”
“What we need to do now is to meet the December 15, 2018 deadline, and people will be going for the Christmas not walking in mud and water, but will be walking on better roads in their Christmas Shoes,” President Weah said.
Completion of all road projects currently ongoing by December 15, 2018 could be a major boost to a government engulfed with economic turmoil and multiple corruption allegations going into the new year. It will also be the first time under a first term President that multiple road construction works have been completed in a year, a new record for President George Weah and the CDC-led government.