Lau/Mbaelelea people suffer bad roads and bridges


A truck struggling to cross a broken down bridge at Kolofe, a community of Lau/Mbaelelea constituency. Photo courtesy Phathrishia Phakhanie

COMMUNITIES of the Lau/Mbaelelea constituency have called on the national government to address the problem of their deteriorating roads and bridges.

Driving up north of the Lau/Mbaelelea constituency is a major challenge to service providers and passengers as current status of roads and bridges is not safe and under deteriorating conditions.

Such situation imposes negative impact to communities of Lau/Mbaelelea, giving them insecurity when traveling to Auki and returning, doing business, high transport fee and low customer support.

Just last week, during the heavy rain, one bridge at Kolofe broke down and the road was too muddy that trucks could hardly passed.

People used ropes to pull trucks through huge mud bogs; and this practice is common there.

Community leaders from the Lau/Mbaelelea constituency are calling on their Member of Parliament and the national government to look at this situation which has been left unsolved for years.

Speaking in Lau/Mbaelea Forum, Mr Ambrose Dolofera said most bridges in North Malaita need repair or thorough maintenance.

With the bad state of roads and bridges, Dolofera said it’s always the cry of every man, woman, and children there.

“The collapse of Kolofe Bridge is a wakeup call for responsible authorities to come out from their hideouts to do something about,” Dolofera said.

Recently, MP Augustine Auga under National Transport Fund purchased new heavy machines for construction of highway road to mountainous region of Lau/Mbaelelea constituency.

The new machines are planned for the construction of new roads and fixing the old ones.

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