The Voinjama, Kolahun and Foya road corridors are in very deplorable condition as the raining season reaches its peak, commuters have said.Reports from the three administrative districts speak of businesspeople, farmers encountering serious difficulties to travel on the road in Lofa County.Reports also revealed the presence of large potholes in various parts of the road.Travelers and farmers have reported that the extensive use of the road by bigger commercial trucks has contributed to the poor road condition.They said the regular seven hours travel time from Monrovia to Voinjama City now takes nearly 12 hours by commercial vehicles.“It took us nearly 12 hours from Foya to Monrovia and most of our produce got rotten due to the prolonged drive from our farm areas in Lofa County,” a farmer said.As a result, commercial drivers have begun to hike transportation fares to and from the affected areas in Lofa County, travelers said.Interviews conducted with farmers on Monday and Tuesday at the Red-light market in Paynesville exposed the need for an urgent attention to fix the affected roads in Lofa County.Businessman Moses B. Mulbah, 55, told the Daily Observer Tuesday that majority of his profit margin was used to transport his goods.“The trip cost me a lot of money because the transportation fares have gone high up to reach Monrovia,” Mulbah said.Cocoa and Coffee farmer Kollie B. Yonkedeh, 50, said too much money was spent to transport the few bags of the processed coffee and cocoa to Monrovia.“I’m now constrained to seek the sale of my produce to the nearest markets of Guinea-Conakry and Sierra Leone,” farmer Yonkedeh lamented.Peanut and bitter balls producer Kebbeh G. Karzaku, 45, said she is not happy because of the high cost of transportation.“Out of the eight bags of the peanut and bitter balls that I brought to Monrovia, five bags got rotten on the highway,” Madam Karzaku said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Roma and Lazio both have 67 points from 34 games with Roma ahead on head-to-head clashes. Inter Milan are just outside the Champions League places in fifth one point behind after a hard fought 2-1 win over Chievo.Lazio dominated Sampdoria in their Stadio Olimpico with Sergej Milinkovic-Savic breaking through after 32 minutes and a Stefan de Vrij’s diving header giving the hosts a second just before the break.Immobile tapped in a Milinkovic-Savic assist five minutes from the end, quickly adding a second to consolidate his position as leading Serie A scorer with 29 goals this season.“We’re not in the top four by chance, we’ve earned this on the pitch,” said Lazio coach Simone Inzaghi. “Roma and Inter are also going strong, but we’ll fight to the end and hope to leave one of them behind us.“We’ll give our heart and soul to make it.”Sampdoria, meanwhile, are now four points off the Europa League places with four games to play.After being pegged back in the first half by 16th-placed Chievo, Inter’s top scorer Mauro Icardi broke through on 50 minutes — for his 26th Serie A goal this season second behind Immobile — with Ivan Perisic adding a second six minutes later.Mariusz Stepinski pulled a goal back for Chievo who are just two points above the drop zone.The battle for Europe could go down to the wire with Lazio hosting Inter in their final game of the season.“I don’t know if it’ll be the key, but this team has realised it’s in the running right to the end,” said Inter coach Luciano Spalletti.– Benevento relegated –Atalanta moved sixth into the Europa League places with a 2-1 win over Torino at the expense of AC Milan who dropped to seventh after a 1-0 defeat at home to bottom club Benevento on Saturday.Benevento’s relegation from Serie A was confirmed after just one year in Italy’s top flight and less than 24 hours after an impressive 1-0 win at AC Milan. Crotone’s 2-1 victory away to Udinese on Sunday condemned Benevento to an immediate return to the second division after they were left 14 points from safety with just four matches to play.The club based some 60 kilometres to the east of Naples began the season in disastrous fashion, losing 14 consecutive matches to break the record for the worst start to a campaign in any of Europe’s top five leagues.The arrivals of Bacary Sagna, Sandro and giant Malian striker Cheick Diabate — who has scored seven goals in eight games — in the winter transfer window helped Benevento improve but couldn’t spare them from the inevitable drop. 0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Lazio’s Ciro Immobile celebrates with Dutch defender Stefan de Vrij © AFP / Andreas SOLAROTurin, Italy, Apr 22 – Lazio and Inter Milan kept their push for Champions League football alive on Sunday with champions Juventus and Napoli set to meet in a top of the table clash in Turin.Ciro Immobile scored a brace as Lazio crushed Sampdoria 4-0 to return joint third with Roma who warmed up for next week’s Champions League semi-final against Liverpool with a 3-0 win at SPAL on Saturday.