- Published on Tuesday, 23 October 2012 10:12
- Written by The News
A local youth group has condemned individuals and groups who are calling for the resignation of Public Works Minister Samuel Kofi Woods due to his failure to recondition roads in the country.
The Coalition of Youth & Students to Enhance Peace and Democracy says the call for Minister Woods’ resignation is bogus and politically motivated.
The Coalition group indicated that Mr. Woods has consistently been and continues to be an exemplar of transparency, accountability, with impeccable integrity in his service to Government.
Last week, the Concerned Youth for Common Purpose suggested that Minister Woods should resign due to bad roads in the country.
The concerned youth said since the appointment of Minister Kofi Woods, he has failed to chart meaningful developments, basically road constructions across the country.
According to the organization, Mr. Woods presides over millions of dollars of taxpayers’ money intended to undertake developmental initiatives, but has massively failed to do so despite the huge budgetary support given the Public Works Ministry.
However, in counter reaction, the Coalition of Youth & Students to Enhance Peace and Democracy debunked the statement and said it was politically motivated and intended to question the hard earned reputation of the Public Works Minister.
The Coalition Youth believes that Minister Woods has made remarkable achievements in addressing bad road conditions in the country.
“We denounce these remarks that are not based on facts but are politically motivated. We wish to respond to rumors circulating in Monrovia that has brought the character and leadership of the honorable Minister of Public Works, Samuel Kofi Woods, into question. Our purpose today is to refute these allegations in the strongest possible terms, and to raise our voice in support of the clear achievements of one of Liberia’s greatest sons, Mr. Samuel Kofi Woods,” a release issued said.
The Coalition Youth observed that those calling for the Minister’s resignation are seeking only to tarnish a well-earned reputation that is opened for public review from the days he served as a student leader at the University of Liberia, through his days as a human rights campaigner and now as a servant of his people; first as Minister of Labor and now as Minister of Public Works.
According to group, the Public Works Ministry, under the leadership of Minister Samuel Kofi Woods, has made many major achievements including in recent times the full rehabilitation of the Fishtown–Harper highway, the full rehabilitation of the Pleebo to Barclayville highway, the maintenance of the Gbarnga to Mendikorma highway; the maintenance of the Greenville–Zwedru road, and the ongoing construction work on the Bopolu – Belleh Yellah road.
Also, the youth group noted that the Ministry under his leadership, has completed the full rehabilitation of the Gbartala–Fonotoli road, the maintenance of the Brewerville–Compasu Junction, the rehabilitation of the Barn–Karnplay road, ongoing rehabilitation of the Kolahun Junction – Vahun road, the full rehabilitation of the Phebe Junction to Gbonota road, and the full rehabilitation of the Totota–Piata road, among others.
Minister Woods has further successfully achieved the improvement of some neighborhood roads around Monrovia, including the pavement of the Parker Paint – Neezo Road, the pavement of the GSA – Rehab road, the pavement of Rehab – Duport road, the pavement of Logan town – Mombo town road, the pavement of the West Point road, the pavement of the Gobarchov market road, and the pavement of over 20 miles of Monrovia city streets.
The group said Minister Woods, as an energetic and visionary leader, has further completed major bridges across the country such as the King Zolu Doma bridge in Vai Town, the reconstruction of the Mechlin River bridge, the reinforcement of the concrete bridge on the Bolongoludu road in Lofa county, the 12m RC bridge on the Bolongolidou road, the 29m RC bridge across the Zelebah river in Voinjama, the Caldwell/Louisiana bridge, and many others across the country.
According to the youth group, the ministry has also been actively involved in the water and sanitation sector with many wells being constructed in rural Liberia.
It added that through the SIDA assistance from Sweden, miles and miles of feeder road have been completed across the nation. The Liberian Swedish Feeder Road Program has now been extended to Nimba County where an estimated US$15 million will be spent on feeder roads in the present budget period.