Road Construction Tops Agenda

first_imgIn her annual State of the Nation’s address to the National Legislature on January 27, 2014, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf said that road construction remains on top of Liberia’s socio-economic development transformation.President Sirleaf said that final discussions with the Japanese Government have been concluded for the reconstruction of the Somalia Drive/Red-light corridor in Monrovia.The Liberian leader explained that the completion of that vital road corridor would considerably reduce the huge menace of traffic congestion that had over the years become a nightmare for commuters and business people in Monrovia.Many skeptics of the administration have expressed some concern about the snail’s pace of negotiations with the Japanese Government regarding the Somalia Drive road project.Understandably, the Japanese Government had insisted on many occasions that funds would not made available if the Liberian Government does not settle property owners through the Resettlement Action Plan (RAP) under the supervision of the Ministry of Public Works.President also warned that people undertaking the building of houses on the right ways and ignoring laws and regulations would certainly be removed to give way to genuine national development, growth and progress in the country.In the South East, President Sirleaf disclosed that the Karnwenkan/Tapita Highway would also start this year in order to connect the hard-to-reach areas in that part of rural Liberia.President Sirleaf also disclosed that connecting each county’s capital city with paved roads would be a top priority for this administration during 2014 and beyond.The President Sirleaf reminded Liberians and support partners that as part of the Liberian Government’s road projects, feeder roads rehabilitation remains paramount and under serious consideration.In Lofa County alone, several feeder roads have been rehabilitated thus improving the transport of farmers’ produce to all of the county’s major markets thereby improving their socio-economic conditions. She added that feasibility studies for the Gbarnga/Bong County and Mendikorma Highway have been concluded and final finishing touches are being worked for the full pavement beginning sometime this year.President Sirleaf intimated that the Government of the Kingdom of Kuwait has consented to fund that road project leading to Liberia’s biggest socio-economic food basket.However, citizens and residents of Lofa County have also on many occasions expressed serious concern about the slow pace of the feasibility studies for the reconstruction and pavement of the Gbarnga/Mendikorma Highway in Bong and Lofa Counties.President Sirleaf also pointed out that reconstruction of the nation’s road network has encountered some serious challenges—especially construction work that is associated with the use of laterite.Commenting on the sources funding some of the road projects, President Sirleaf indicated that US$16 million would need to be mobilized in order to enhance the infrastructure development of the nation’s road network.The Chief Executive further intimated that tackling the construction of primary and secondary roads still remains a major challenge and serious constraints are yet to be overcome.In closing on the road projects, President Sirleaf cautioned Liberians and lawmakers that the solution to the enormous challenges and resource constraints cannot be a quick-fix on the part of the Liberian Government.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Jail for Letterkenny man found in possession of €2,700 worth of drugs

first_imgA 36-year-old Letterkenny man who threw €1,400 of cannabis out his kitchen window when Gardaí entered his apartment has been jailed for 18 months.Vincent Whoriskey of 65 Burnside Apartments pleaded guilty to the possession of drugs for sale and supply on May 17th, 2016. Letterkenny Circuit Court was told that Gardaí acted on confidential intelligence and obtained a search warrant for the apartment.Garda Emmet Brady told the Court that Whoriskey threw something out the window as Gardai swooped, which turned out later to be 87 grammes of cannabis.In the search, Gardaí found €2,700 worth of drugs and €970 of cash, which the defendant admitted had been obtained from the sale and supply of drugs.Four mobile phones and 44 deal bags were seized.Whoriskey, who has 12 previous convictions, admitted that he had become addicted to cocaine and had a drug debt.“I know he is heavily involved in the sale and supply of drugs in the Letterkenny area.That is his chosen path at the minute,” Garda Brady said.Whoriskey, who has a degree in Information Technology from University College Cork from 2004, was said by Defence Council Fiona Crawford (BL) to have ‘drifted into a life in drugs and spiralled into debt’ since returning to Letterkenny in 2013.Passing sentence, Judge John O’Hagan said that a probation report outlined Whoriskey’s suitability for community service, however the judge added: “If people, come in here for selling drugs, I can’t give them sweets for doing that.”Judge O’Hagan said that it was clear that Whoriskey was still actively involved in the sale and supply of drugs and sentence him to 18 months in prison.Jail for Letterkenny man found in possession of €2,700 worth of drugs was last modified: June 23rd, 2017 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:cocaineJUdge John O’HaganLetterkenny Circuit CourtVincent Whoriskeylast_img read more