Montserrado District #6 representative hopeful, Ambassador Kanvee Gains Adams, on Independence day did something very unusual in Liberia when she gathered a team of supporters and went around cleaning parts of the district she is opting to represent at the 54th National Legislature.
This act carried out by someone seeking public office is yet to be traced in Liberian history, particularly in reference to the nation’s Independence Day when almost every citizen looks forward to eating good food and celebrate in grand style.
Adams, an accomplished and renowned Gospel artist turned politician, told residents in the Kpelle Town Community on the SD Cooper Road that the gesture was her own way of identifying with the residents and said even though there are some gains the country still has a lot more to work for.
“While there may be some gains many people are getting sick on a daily basis because Monrovia and its environs are extremely dirty. Cholera, diarrhea, malaria and many other diseases that are preventable and curable are snatching the lives of our fellow citizens because of poor sanitation. What is there to celebrate? With diseases all around and there are no good health centers in the country which can handle the very diseases we have to direct our celebrations to real life actions such as strengthening the laws of sanitation by setting examples in cleaning up our streets and neighborhoods,” she said.
She added that cleaning the environments is not the sole responsibility of the government but every Liberian. “We all have to take charge of sanitation if malaria and other diseases that come from dirty environments are to be prevented,” she noted.
“My office as a representative of this district will set up a sanitation office in consultation with the Paynesville City Corporation that will go from zone to zone to educate people on keeping the environment,” she noted.
Commenting on Adams’ initiative, a resident of the community, Mr. Valentino Frank said he was amazed when Adams’ step in celebrating the Independence Day. “What she is doing is very significant. This is what we need; I mean leaders with hearts who are prepared to champion the cause of their people through actions. I believe Kanvee will make a great difference when given the opportunity to serve us at the House of Representative,” Frank noted.
For his part, the chairman of the community, Mr. John T. Clarke said Adams is a Christian who sings Gospel songs with real meaning. “I think she is worth trying for our district because she is a woman of virtue prepared to lead,” he said, adding that he is prepared to work with anyone who wants to change the living standards of people through good deeds.”