Bensonville City in Ruins, Marginalized

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Leadership of YUSP certificates Rep. Lawrence Morris

-Lawmaker wants it turn into tourism City

In other countries, the capital city of the main political province (county) is equally developed or at least less developed than the country’s capital city and there are visible decentralization in infrastructures. Unfortunately, in Liberia it is the other way around.

Liberia is a Unitary State, with a Republican form of Government. This consists of three separate but coordinating branches of government that include the Legislature, Executive and Judiciary.

Despite being the seat of the government, Montserrado County’s capital city, Bensonville, which once housed former Liberian Presidents, lies in ruins and appears to have been marginalized.

Montserrado County District #1 Representative Lawrence M. Morris told journalists that “he is building a consensus” to get budgetary support to the City of Bensonville, which he hopes to turn into a “Tourism City.” Other cities in Bensonville are Bentol and Croizerville.

Rep. Morris made the disclosure on Wednesday, March 7, when the Youth United to Sustain Peace (YUSP) certificated him as the 2017 ‘Best Humanitarian Person.’

YUSP chairperson, Mark Chea described Rep. Morris as a ‘man with good heart.’

Before he got elected in the October 10, 2017, legislative election, Rep. Morris served as MRU Ambassador to Liberia.

He announced that his office is formulating plans to also restore beauty to Bensonsville.

“Historically, Bensonville is actually the Capital City of the seat of government, which county is Montserrado, and it is marginalized… Bensonville and Careysburg are gateway to Montserrado County. They are not in the budget-line, in spite of being historic cities that would attract tourists.

Bensonville is the  birthplace of William R. Tolbert, Liberia’s 20th President. Before his death in 1980, Tolbert had planned to make Bensonville the country’s new capital city.

Bensonville is a commercial center for the surrounding agricultural areas. Prior to the country’s 14-year civil war, Bensonville’s industrial activities included the production of milled rice, saw wood, soap, plastics, paints, furniture and fixtures, cement blocks, oil, processed fish, and confections.

The Daily Observer has learned that at least US$3.2 million is needed to renovate some of Bensonville’s infrastructure, including the residence of former President Tolbert.

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