By Mark B. Newa
The West-eastern County of Nimba, one of the two largest counties Liberia now boasts of, is taking steps aimed at empowering itself and by extension creating opportunities for its citizens to have access to products being produced across the county.
According to report reaching this paper, the people of Nimba have are breaking more grounds for the construction of more feeder roads to enable farmers transport their products from one point to another without much hindrance.
As part of the efforts, Vice President Joseph N. Boakai along with the county’s Legislative Caucus was on hand at the weekend to break grounds for the construction of various farm-market roads in Sanniquellie.
The Liberian Government has made road construction one of its core focuses for which the Vice President has been in odd parts of the country, either dedicating a project or breaking grounds for new ones as evident by the Nimba occasion.
One of the county’s lawmakers who attended the ground breaking program was elated that the county is striving toward development.
Senior Senator Prince Y. Johnson, who provided an insight of the project, said it was an outcome of an agreement signed between the county and the Swedish international Development Agency (SIDA) to rehabilitate, construct all feeder roads beginning next January 2013.
Senator Johnson who chairs the Nimba Legislative Caucus said the construction and rehabilitation of roads and bridges in the county as well as the improvement of policies relative to agriculture, education, health and restoration of some basic social services was a major achievement of the caucus and the people of Nimba.
“The ground breaking ceremony is in line with the Government of Liberia`s poverty reduction strategy phase II,” he said and lauded members of the caucus, county administrators and other civil society groupings in the county for the level of cooperation.
Senator Johnson who runs an Education Foundation added “PYJ Education Foundation is expected to be launched shortly in the commercial city Ganta,” adding that it was his own academic contribution to the post conflict education system of the country.