Voinjama-to-Jallahmai Waterside Road Rehabilitation Ongoing with Sida Funding

VOINJAMA, Lofa – The Ministry of Public Works has begun rehabilitating a 17.5 km road from Voinjama to Jallahmai Waterside. The project is being funded by the Swedish aid agency Sida and coordinated by the county authority.

According to Lofa’s assistant superintendent for development, Samuel Mulbah, the project is part of Phase Three of the Liberian-Swedish Feeder Roads Project, awarded to the county administration through the Ministry of Public Works. He valued the project at US$99,000 project.

“And if we can do this perfectly, then we stand a chance of obtaining bigger projects or phases in developing our county,” Mulbah added.

Beginning in January 2020, the work was expected to end in June, but Mulbah said some delays in the procurement process means the road will be completed in July 2020.

“Constar Inc. is the contracting company implementing the rehabilitation work, and we, along with the Ministry of Public Works, are making sure of ensuring a fruitful supervision of the project,” Mulbah disclosed.

“I visited the road and, seeing the level of work, we have the confidence that the contracting company can deliver excellence in this test case project from Sida.”

The site engineer for Constar, Benito G. Zoedah, said the company was cooperating with county authorities to complete the project, although there had been some challenges.

“Our challenge has been the heavy downpour of rain, which we know is natural, but with such situation, we continue to carry out the necessary work,” he said.

The Liberian-Swedish Feeder Roads Project aims to see 370 km of feeder roads rehabilitated across the country in an effort to improve farmers’ access to market, facilitate health and education delivery, and to create income-earning opportunities in rural areas.

Featured photo by Kelvin Kollie

Kelvin Kollie

Born in Voinjama, Lofa, Kelvin Kollie holds an A. A. degree in Public Administration and has studied Information Technology. With over seven years practicing journalism, he served as a senior newscaster and later as news director of the Voice of Lofa before resigning in February 2020 to work as a technician at a telecommunications company.

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