By Patrick S. Tokpah
The Development Superintendent of Bong County has disclosed the pavement of streets in Gbarnga has come to a standstill.
In an interview with our correspondent, Mr. Anthony B. Sheriff said a US$5.9 million contract was signed with East International, a Chinese construction firm, to pave the 10.6 kilometers streets in Gbarnga.
However, he said for the past two years, concession companies have not paid their social development money to the county, thus making it difficult for the project to be implemented.
The Bong County Development Superintendent explained that in August of this year, the company wrote his office requesting for funds to be made available so as to continue the pavement.
“I asked them where do I get the funding from and it is not the county administration you have been coming to in terms of payment; what makes the company coming now to ask the county for funding for the road when allotment was made under Public Works; we done know how much money you have received and how much balance remaining,” Sheriff said.
The Development Superintendent had said the County administration in consultation with the national government initiated the process with an initial amount of US$ 1.5M from the County Development Fund.
He disclosed that the funding for the project was allocated in the County Development Fund by delegates at the development council setting in 2015.
Under the agreement, he explained that East International was going to pave the streets with cement, noting that the company agreed to provide initial funding for the project.
He further explained that that the project included the pavement of Gbarnga main streets and other community roads in the city.
However, he said the 10.6 kilometers was reduced to 2.314 kilometers which is only targeting two streets in the city.