Montserrado County’s District # 17 Representative, Mr. William V. Dakel, has called on citizens of the district, especially those he considered as ‘praise singers,’ to contribute to development in the district.
At a groundbreaking ceremony for the construction of a multi-purpose headquarter in district 17, including Red Hill Field Community in Lower Virginia, outside Monrovia, Representative Dakel Monday, January 13, stated that gone were the days when people in district # 17 only sang praise songs for others while they sat and watched major developmental projects taking place in their district without them making any contributions towards the process.
The lawmakers added that over the years he has observed that many citizens of the district— especially some of the youth— only sit and criticize and don’t want to support developmental initiatives.
According to him, while what is right should always be said because it demonstrates true democracy, “don’t hide any wrong doing for anyone; because ills that affect the community also affect us as individual Liberian citizens. Let’s all be contributors to the success of the country,” he asserted.
During the ground breaking of the headquarters, the lawmaker said when completed, the project would serve the people of the district.
Mr. Dakel explained that funds used for the construction of the district headquarters came from the Montserrado County development Fund (MCDF). In addition, he told citizens of the district to always address their concerns before their lawmakers without fear or favor, adding that it is their right to do at any time; especially when it is done in a peaceful manner.
Also speaking at the occasion was Montserrado County Superintendent, Florence Brandy, who commended the China Union for helping the county to carry out its development projects. She indicated that the union remains one of the contributors to supporting projects of the county.
According her, the union provides US$875, 000 annually to the county development fund as their contribution.
She also urged the youths of the community to stand against violence and put education first. Mrs. Brandy stated the need to be prepared for the future should be their motivation.