- Published on Tuesday, 05 February 2013 06:39
- Written by The News
….Minister Herbert Warns
Deputy Public Works Minister for Rural Development and Community Services, Christian G. Herbert has called on stakeholders to apply standards during the rehabilitation of feeder roads in the country.
He made the call last Thursday during a two-day feeder road design and specification training workshop held in Gbarnga, Bong County.
He said the workshop which was the first of its kind in Liberia, aimed at reviewing and subsequently formulating a document that will be used as a roadmap during the rehabilitation of feeder roads in the country.
He encouraged stakeholders to utilize the design and specification manual during the execution of construction projects. Minister Herbert added that the Ministry of Public Works will ensure that the policy is upheld.
He also called for sustained efforts to maintain roads that have been rehabilitated, and emphasized the need to preserve investment in the infrastructural sector.
Minister Herbert disclosed that owing to the importance Government attaches to the maintenance component of the infrastructural sector, a road maintenance Civil Engineer will shortly be hired for the maintenance of feeder roads already rehabilitated.
For his part, the Team Leader of the Liberian Swedish Feeder Roads Project (LSFRP) Belal Hussain called on the Liberian government to increase budgetary allotment to the Public Works Ministry. He divulged that in most developing countries, the Ministry of Public Works is prioritized owing to its statutory responsibilities to create access throughout the country.
He thanked the participants for formulating a new feeder road design and specification manual for the infrastructural sector of Liberia. He said when the design and specification manual is finalized and subsequently approved by the Public Works Ministry, copies will be distributed to all stakeholders.
He emphasized the need to embark on a routine maintenance program to sustain investment in the infrastructural sector.