Dr. Chan said the US Government through USAID for the past three years continues to support rehabilitation of several rural roads.
He said 85 kilometers of rural roads have been completed while work is ongoing 75 kilometers and in the next few months work will also resume on an additional 55 kilometers.
Dr. Chan made these remarks on Monday, September 12, 2016 at the start of a five-day training and capacity building in Gbargna, Bong County for community-based organizations from Nimba, Bong, Lofa and Grand Bassa Counties. The event is organized by the Feeder Roads Alternative and Maintenance Program (FRAMP), a four-year USAID-funded project.
The USAID mission director however, expressed fear that if there is no proper management of these projects, there is risk of losing over 75 percent of it.
Officially opening and launching the five-day training, Public Works Minister Gyude Moore said the USAID- FRAMP Initiative will help to make farm-to-market roads last longer.
Minister Moore said the involvement of local stakeholders is a new dynamism that will make them a part of maintaining roads in their own communities.
He said under the project four new seals will be tested for future road rehabilitation in the country apart from the asphalt and lateral pavement that are common in Liberia.
For his part the acting Chief of Party for USAID-FRAMP, Dr. Frederick Were-Higeuyi, said the training of CBOs is intended to stimulate and strengthen community-based participation and ownership of feeder roads in the counties.
Dr. Were-Higeuyi also said they are focused on preparing counties to take on the responsibility of routine roads maintenance in line with the decentralization policy.
“FRAMP-USAID will provide construction and capacity building services on a total of 450km of farm to roads located in Bong, Nimba, Lofa and Grand Bassa counties. These 450km of roads were designed under a previous USAID activity. These roads are engineered gravel roads using the principle of basic access using the Liberia feeder roads design standards. Road rehabilitation works will be funded and procured by USAID directly through a separate mechanism outside of FRAMP scope. FRAMP will provide some technical assistance during procurement including but not limited to pre-bid sit visits, unit rate analysis and bid evaluation”, he noted.
Dr. Were-Higeuyi intoned that the training is to equip participants with technical knowledge, managerial skills and positive attitude needed to effectively carryout routine maintenance of feeder roads, noting that FRAMP-USAID will also work with the universities and community colleges to identify students for internship in Monrovia and the counties.