Residents of the sprawling community of New Georgia, near Caldwell (across the train track) on Bushrod Island, have appealed to the Ministry of Public Works to help ease their transportation problems and to give the community a sense of dignity.
During a tour of the community last week by the Daily Observer, many of the people interviewed complained their community has been abandoned to suffer.
“I’m sure you came by a motorbike and you experienced what we have been experiencing for many months,” Willie Logan told the Daily Observer reporter. “It was not a good experience.”
Logan said the poor road has made it extremely difficult for the community to engage in other projects that are supposed to make life better for them.
“We worry about the poor road condition,” he said. “There are several large potholes filled with mud water. Traveling on a bike from your house to the main road means you need to stop somewhere to clean yourself.”
He said while the recent dedication of the Caldwell Bridge showed the government’s interest in making life easier for Caldwell and other residents, “the government should know that roads that join the main Caldwell road are horrible.”
“The danger is that whenever any resident here is sick we don’t have the means to rush them to hospital because vehicles are not available here,” he said.
Another resident told the Daily Observer, “I am losing faith in those who have the duty to represent our district but would not do what is necessary to in this situation.”
The resident, a female student at the University of Liberia, said she could not understand why the Ministry of Public Works or Rep. Adolph Lawrence never saw the urgency to get the road rehabilitated.
She wondered the value of voting people into office when it makes no difference in their suffering.
The community is in District #15, represented by Adolph Lawrence, whose office told the Daily Observer that he is aware of the prevailing situation and promised a workable solution to rehabilitate the road.
“Reconstruction of road networks in the district has always been a priority of Rep. Lawrence, who believes that the people he represents at the House deserve better,” his office said. His office could, however, not explain Lawrence’s lack of contact with the community to know what is going on.
Several students interviewed in the community expressed disappointment about the deplorable road condition and appealed to the government, the Ministry of Public Works and Rep. Lawrence to rush to their rescue.