After 43 Years, Bong’s Kayata Citizens Get Reconditioned Road

GBARNGA, Bong – Citizens of Kayata in Suakoko District’s Kporquelleh Clan lined the main entrance of their town, singing, clapping, and dancing to celebrate the rehabilitation of their road.

They awaited the arrival of their representative, George Mulbah, accompanied by the speaker of the House of Representatives, Emmanuel Nuquay.

Administratively, Kayata is located in Suakoko District, and electorally in Bong’s third district.

The 15 km road, although still unpaved, was rehabilitated for the first time since 1974, through the intervention of Mulbah.

At a well-attended road delegation program recently in Kayata, Mulbah said he promised the citizens during the 2011 elections that he would fix their road if they voted for him.

“As a community, you listened and voted for me,” the representative said. “Even though it delayed for me to do the road because I was sourcing funding, but thank God that today, you people can have vehicles entering here with ease for the first time.”

Mulbah said the road reconditioning cost US$19,000 and the Gbarnga-based Engineering Brigade of the Armed Forces of Liberia implemented it.

He encouraged citizens of Kayata to remain united and supportive of his leadership for “more sustainable development” in their community.

In appreciation for the road, the chief elder of Kayata, known simply as Chief Yarkpawolo, said the reconditioning of the road has brought relief to their community.

He said pregnant women and sick people can now be taken to Phebe Hospital to access medication, and their locally produced commodities are now easily transported to the market.

He said since 1974 when the road was done, this was the first time for earthmoving equipment to be seen on the road reconditioning it.

“We have collected monies on several occasions to recondition this road, but all those efforts have failed,” the chief said. “To see Representative George Mulbah alone fixing our road, we are out of words to appreciate him.”

Yarkpawolo said since the community initiated a project to build a clinic, it has taken 16 years now and the project cannot be completed due to lack of financial support.

He appealed to Mulbah to help the community complete the project.

Also making remarks in Kayata was the Speaker of the House Emmanuel Nuquay, who cut the ribbon and dedicated the road. He thanked Mulbah for a “wonderful community initiative.”

From left: Speaker Emmanuel Nuquay, Internal Affairs Minister Henrique Tokpa, Rep. George Mulbah cutting the ribbon for the Kayata Road.  Photo: Moses Bailey

From left: Speaker Emmanuel Nuquay, Internal Affairs Minister Henrique Tokpa, Rep. George Mulbah cutting the ribbon for the Kayata Road.  Photo: Moses Bailey

Nuquay stressed the need for continuity within the legislature in government, a point he has been making recently as dissatisfaction with lawmakers across the country has peaked with calls to boot out all current lawmakers.

The speaker called on citizens to elect Mulbah to the House of Representatives for the third time, promising to complete a clinic in the area if Mulbah is reelected.

Nuquay said development and the effective running of government are ensured when leaders who have the “requisite experience” in government are maintained.

Liberia’s internal affairs minister, Henrique Tokpa, who is also a native of Kayata, also attended the dedication ceremony.

The newly renovated John F. Bakalu Elementary and Junior High School was also dedicated in Gbarnga following the dedication of the Kayata Road.

The renovated John F. Bakalu School. Photo: Moses Bailey

The renovated John F. Bakalu School. Photo: Moses Bailey

Unlike the road project, the renovation of the school was a Legislative Earmarked Project, included within the national budget.

The renovation, which cost US$34,000, included reroofing, painting, installation of new doors and windows, among others.

Featured photo by Moses Bailey

Moses Bailey

Moses started his journalism career in 2010 as a reporter at Radio Gbarnga. In 2011, the Press Union of Liberia awarded him with the Human Rights Reporter award. He is also an Internews Health Journalism Fellow. Aside from his work in the media, Moses is also the regional coordinator for NAYMOTE-Liberia, an organization working with youth to promote democratic governance.

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