By Philip N. Wesseh
(The Inquirer Newspaper)
There have been incessant reports in the media about how erosion has been causing havoc in some parts of the country, especially Montserrado County. Noticeably some of the areas in Montserrado County that have been highly hit are New Kru Town and the densely populated Township of West Point. In recent time, these two areas have continued to feel the pinch of the effect of erosion as their homes and properties are being destroyed.
Sadly to note, this catastrophe continues to render residents homeless and completely dispossessed. Today, in the Borough of Kru Town, the fast-moving erosion is not only a threat to residents but is equally threatening the only public high school in the area- the D. Twe High School.
Presently, the erosion has destroyed a significant portion of the fence of the school. There are fears that if nothing is done about this, the Liberian government would lose an important high school in the area and that the erosion may sooner or later eventually affect the Redemption Hospital which is in the proximity of the school and that gradually, may sweep away the entire town, which recently marked 100 years of existence.
Because of the effect of the erosion, a three-member delegation of West Pointers who converged at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to raise concerns about their relocation on Tuesday, April 19, 2016 met with President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf in Monrovia. At the meeting, the Liberian leader urged the West Point Erosion victims to work closely with the Monrovia City Corporation Mayor, Clara Doe Mvogo and the Commissioner of West Point, Sampson Nyan to fast-track the various processes being initiated to ensure their relocation.She assured the delegation that some actions will be taken to assist the most vulnerable while the long-term process of relocating all the affected residents be pursued.
At the meeting, Monrovia City Mayor Honorable Clara Doe Mvogo and West Point Commissioner Sampson Nyan who briefed President Sirleaf and the delegation about the relocation process assured them that the situation will be remedied subsequently. They called on the affected residents to work with them to bring relief to their people. The West Point delegation included Reverend Demoe W. Moore, David S. Grant and Ma Lucy Barbior.
Similarly, the situation has also claimed the attention of the administration and the Alumni Association of the D. Twe High School, for which this year’s celebration of the school’s anniversary centered on creating more awareness for the Liberian government to act promptly to save the school built during the administration of the late William R. Tolbert, as part of the “Rally Time” Project, initiated by the government at the time.
Frankly, the issue of the erosion is not something new to this government, as there have been numerous reports about the devastation that erosion continues to cause in these areas. Regrettably, it seems that this has not acutely claimed the attention of this government, as nothing has been heard about any effect to remedy the situation, as erosion continues to have an untold effect on many residents.
The government could initiate similar measures as done in Buchanan, Grand Bassa County. During a recent visit to that county, I observed how the use of rocks or breakwater is serving as a measure to prevent the erosion. Certainly, I believe that if similar measure is used in these areas, this could diminish or minimize the effect of erosion in those areas.
It is time that the Liberian government look into this matter seriously and design programs and measures to protect those areas. The country cannot afford to lose an important institution like the D. Twe High School and also the Township of West Point , New Kru town and other areas in other parts of the country. Indeed, something must urgently be done to save those areas from further destruction.
Until this government realizes that these areas need to be protected to save properties and lives, or else, the government would be seen as being insensitive to its people and be considered misanthropic. I Rest My Case.
(The Inquirer Newspaper)