PMC Laments Delays In Kpanyan Bridge Completion

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GBARNGA, April 21 (LINA) - The Chairman of the Bong County Project Management Committee (PMC), Mr. Lawrence Y. Plator, is dissatisfied over delays in the completion of the Kpanyan Bridge project.

He said despite payment of 50 percent or US$21,198.88 for the execution of the project to 70 percent level in keeping with the contract, the contractor, Black Water, has delayed the work after receiving the money.

He said only 50 percent of the work has been done, saying this has caused his office potential embarrassment.

The Kpanyah Bridge connects the Ganta and Lofa highways and benefits Zota and Jorquelleh in District #3 in Bong County.

The delay in the completion of the Kpanyah Bridge project has caused an outcry from the public.

Mr. Plator said the Kpanyah Bridge project, which was part of the 2012/2013 County Development Resolution, is valued at US$42,397.75.

According to him, Blackwater, a local construction firm which won the Kpanyah Bridge contract following a bidding process, started work on July 15, 2013 and should have completed the work in November of the same year but is yet to do so.

He said, however, since work on the bridge recommenced in March this year “a lot has been done in a short period of time,” and hoped the project will be completed in the shortest possible time.

Meanwhile, Plator is appealing for a reduction in the bureaucracy between the Ministries of Internal Affairs and Finance which, he said, causes serious delays in accessing funds to implement approved projects.

The Special Development Council Sitting for 2012/2013 allotted US$726,000 for several projects, including the Kpanyah Bridge, a Youth Center in Belemu in Panta District, furniture for schools, construction of commissioner compounds in Suakoko,  Belefanai, Handi, Gbatala and a clinic in Tamata Jorquelleh District #2, among  others.

Each year, Bong County receives a total of US$2,634,000 from ArcelorMittal, China Union, BHP Billiton, Amlib Liberia and the Government of Liberia as County and Social Development Funds, all of which are used to fund development projects in the county.