Bad road network is impeding development activity in Plemue in District Five in Bong County.
Plemue has over 500 residents and more than 100 school-going kids but the town lacks good road network, school and healthcare delivery system. A school project initiated by a Liberian based in the United States of America, Rondell Harmon, is yet to commence as a result of the deplorable road condition.
A resident of the town, Abednego Bondo, told our reporter that groundbreaking ceremony for the project took place since 2013 to give way to the project but had yet to get started due to the road condition.
According to him, some of the materials for the project have been bought by Madam Harmon but are still in Monrovia because drivers are not willing to go to the area based on the condition of the road.
He explained that residents of the area had also molded bricks and gathered gravel for the project and were eagerly awaiting the arrival of the materials. “Madam Harmon came here and we broke ground for the project in 2013 to give way to the project but it has not yet due to the road condition though some of the materials for the project have been bought by her,” Bondo noted.
Bondo stated that vehicles were no longer plying the road because of its worsening condition thereby compelling residents to go on foot at very long distances. He said motorcycle was the only means of transportation, indicating that the fares were astronomically high.
He further narrated that kids between the ages of 15 and 8 on a daily basis covered nearly 1hr 45mins distance to get to school; while pregnant women walk for about 2hrs 30mins to get to the closest health center.
He said many students were out of school, due to the torture of the long distance they must cover to get to school. “We have about 103 school-going kids here and 95% of them are not going to school because there are no schools here. We even have one of the children who is at the age of eight covering 1hrs 45mins distance just to go to school. If we have school here the children cannot be covering that kind of distance but how can that happen if there is no good road,” he averred.
He stated that logs that were placed over the various rivers had been swept away by the water after being rotting.
Giving a little background of the road, Bondo explained that the damaged Plemue road was a self-help project that began seven years ago. He used the occasion to appeal to Bong County administration, the Ministry of Public Works other local and international non-governmental organizations to recondition the road.
By Moses M. Tokpah