Rescuing The Awful Bardnersville Road: Can Gyude Moore’s Public Works Awakes From Slumber?


(First Published June 2015)
By D Kaihennneh Sengbeh/Freelance Journalist

Public Works Minister  William Gyude Moore
Public Works Minister William Gyude Moore

“They are sitting down and doing no intervention on this road,” he complained. By the middle of July if nothing is done at all, this whole Bardnersville road will cut from the rest of Monrovia,” the middle-aged citizen, riding on a motorbike along with this writer from Bardnersville Junction to Bardnersvile Estate, angrily lamented Wednesday evening (June 17, 2015).

By the time we arrived at our destinations, our trousers’ legs were already soiled as a result of the many pot holes filled with water that even the world’s best motorcyclist cannot escape.

While the just-come William Gyude Moore and his engineers might be restlessly working on revamping roads and bridges leading to the southeastern region for the hosting of this year’s Independence Day celebration (July 26), which is under only five weeks from now (at the writing of this article), his ability to adequately manage the country’s cumbersome infrastructure challenge is on the line in Montserrado — more especially in Gardnersville, Bardnersville, Johnsonville and Dixville.

Incontestably, citizens of all works of life are facing the bitter consequences of the deplorable conditions of the Bardnersville road that connects tens of thousands of Continue reading “Rescuing The Awful Bardnersville Road: Can Gyude Moore’s Public Works Awakes From Slumber?”

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Heralding A New Day At LPRC: The Man, The Challenges & Possibilities For Liberia’s Down Stream Sector


By Jesefu M. Keita,Jr.

 The Man-Sumo Kupee:

Hon. Sumo Kupee, Managing Director Liberia Petroleum Refining Company as of May 2015
Hon. Sumo Kupee, Managing Director Liberia Petroleum Refining Company as of May 2015

Hon. Sumo Kupee is the most recent former Senator of the Food-basket county of Lofa; a position he held for 9 consecutive years providing qualitative representation and leadership for the third populated county in the country. As a son of Zolowo town, Mr. Kupee has been one leader that has remained steadfast in ensuring that peace, tranquility and development take root in LofaCounty since the crisis came to an end a decade ago. In concert with other prominent sons and daughters of Lofa, he has honestly worked in reconciling the people of Lofa County. He has been a champion for various developmental initiatives including poverty eradication, capacity building for young people, humanitarian assistance, and donations to worthy causes among others. Through the ‘Sumo Kupee Humanitarian and Education Foundation’, the New Managing Director at the Liberia Petroleum Refining Company (LPRC) has striven to provide humanitarian assistance and educational aid to the people of Liberia in general and citizens of Lofa in particular. Continue reading “Heralding A New Day At LPRC: The Man, The Challenges & Possibilities For Liberia’s Down Stream Sector”

USAID, Chevron Construct Modern Latrines for Paynesville Residents


Residents of three communities in one of Liberia’s biggest urban municipalities, Paynesville, have become the latest beneficiaries of the construction of three modern latrine facilities.

The three communities are the Samuel K. Doe Sports Complex Community, Weh Town in the Commercial District of Red Light and the Paynesville City Corporation Community in the Paynesville Town Hall Area. Continue reading “USAID, Chevron Construct Modern Latrines for Paynesville Residents”

Leading The Roads To Sinoe And Grand Kru For Independence Day: Can Gyude Moore Make The Challenge?


By D Kaihenneh Sengbeh/Freelance Journalist

Introduction

A deplorable scene on the Sinoe Highway (2013): FPA photo
A deplorable scene on the Sinoe Highway (2013): FPA photo

“We have resolved that the 26th celebration this year shall be in Greenville and Barclayville. And we will travel there by road,” President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf stated categorically and collected a huge applause from the audience. When the Liberian leader spoke these 22 words in her 2015 State of the Nation Address, she spoke with uncompromising confidence. Continue reading “Leading The Roads To Sinoe And Grand Kru For Independence Day: Can Gyude Moore Make The Challenge?”

Feature: Public Works Resurrects To Do The People’s Work: Is Gyude Moore Showing Early Footprints?


By D. Kaihenneh Sengbeh

Liberia’s New Public Works Minister Gyude Moore has begun showing signs that he might make progress in helping revamp the country’s public infrastructure
Liberia’s New Public Works Minister Gyude Moore has begun showing signs that he might make progress in helping revamp the country’s public infrastructure

“What kind of trouble is this?” he complained. “This is not time to fix roads; it should be done at night,” he menacingly added, though an opposed equal response would follow by a fellow passenger, a female. “People like you will never be satisfied,” a she countered. “When the people work, you vex; when they not work, you vex. Your give the people chance to do their work because we want good roads.”

Many Liberians in a around Monrovia, where road repair works are currently being done by the Ministry of Public Works are involved in heated exchanges like the above. One group of people argues that the Ministry needs to immediately respond to damaging roads across the city that are undermining free vehicular movements, while the other argues that it was inappropriate for the Ministry to “be fixing roads in the day” especially during rush hours. Continue reading “Feature: Public Works Resurrects To Do The People’s Work: Is Gyude Moore Showing Early Footprints?”

Liberian Journalists Undergo Environmental Reporting Training


1.Partial view of participating journalists in an engagement with an official of the EPA during a field trip of the training
Partial view of participating journalists in an engagement with an official of the EPA during a field trip of the training

The President of the Press Union of Liberia (PUL) K. Abdullai Kamara has welcomed the environmental reporting training for Liberian journalists as a significant initiative that is poised to help society save itself from the devastation of climate change.

Speaking Wednesday at the opening of the training organized by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), in Buchanan City, Kamara lauded the training as a useful activity that will prepare journalists to professionally report on the environment, in supporting human survival and sustainable development. Continue reading “Liberian Journalists Undergo Environmental Reporting Training”