Careysburg Mayor Commends UNICEF, Dutch Gov’t, Others for Services to City

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The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the Dutch Government, and several others have been commended by Careysburg City Mayor, Mrs. Anna Urey-Phillips, for providing valuable and sustainable services to the City.

During the recent dedication of three modern latrines in the city, Mayor Urey-Phillips explained that the latrines constructed by UNICEF have four stalls – male and female sections, hand-washing areas and are also handicap accessible. There are also shower facilities with pipe borne water, she told citizens at the dedication, adding “you must show appreciation by making good use of the facilities.”

Mayor Phillips also informed the audience that UNICEF and the Japan International Corporation Agency (JICA) have built the best elementary school in the city at Harris Town, Lower Careysburg City.

“Although this school was turned over to the Ministry of Education in 2014, it still lacks teachers and teaching materials for hundreds of its students,” she said.

Other assistance from UNICEF include fencing around three schools among them the only high school in the city, as well as the provision of basic skills training and quilt making for many young women. All of these developments were sponsored by UNICEF under the leadership of Mr. Shelton Yett, Country Director, said Mayor Urey-Phillips.

She also commended Merlin, the European Union and West Concept, for providing solar panels to the community clinic, Save the Children for building schools, wells and helping with the clinic and Water Aid for providing pipe borne water to the clinic. UNMIL also received appreciation for training one hundred and sixteen young people in eight different disciplines. Those trained are now providing livelihoods for themselves and their families.

Mayor Phillips list of donors also included UN Women for providing skills training and awareness, CEMENCO for contributing cement to build toilets and renovate the market, Mr. Desere Satia, who donated paint for the market and Mr. Benoni Urey, for his moral and financial support.

The Mayor praised the World Lebanese Cultural Union (WLCU), represented by Mr. Ezzart Eid, for breaking ground in May this year to construct a modern public kindergarten school, slated to open in early January 2016.

On the other hand, the Mayor said that there were some organizations whose services did not meet the standards set by her administration, and were politely asked to leave the city. She believes, however, that those organizations will come back in the near future and make good with the people of this ‘little city.’

“To those who are not mentioned here and are contributing to the city, we do apologize for the oversight,” added Mayor Phillips.

During her interview with the Daily Observer, Madam Phillips revealed that when she was appointed Mayor of Careysburg City in 2012 by President Ellen Johnson, she was informed that the city was never placed in the National Budget and therefore her mandate would be collecting municipal taxes and fees, and to solicit assistance from friendly donor partners.

She said that due to the lack of electricity and pipe borne water throughout the city, “It is difficult to attract businesses that would pay these fees, but even with these constraints, some progress is being made within the city.”

The Mayor said one of the ongoing projects for which she is soliciting assistance is the renovation of the building currently being used by the kindergarten school, which served as a cafeteria for the public high school before the war. She wants to do this for safety and health reasons in this era of Ebola. The cost for this project is estimated at US$13,000.

Another project, which she said is estimated at US$19,000, is the renovation of a building on the high school campus that was once used as a student arts center. Mayor Phillips wants to convert this building into a student center equipped with laptops, chairs and tables, a generator, water pump, basketball court, teachers’ lounge, restrooms among other facilities. This, she believes, will help to alleviate some of the psychosocial issues facing students in the area.
Careysburg City is open for investment, even the possibility of providing pipe borne water and electricity that can be generated from within the City, for a fee, Mayor Phillips said. She used the opportunity to urge Liberians and foreign residents to visit the city and see the new developments and possibilities.

“Come and see our potentials,” Mayor Phillips said in closing.

The highest peak in Montserrado County is located within the City of Careysburg. Below this peak, on Gold Dust Street, there is a beautiful amusement park ideal for wedding photographs and other outdoor functions, not to mention Wullei and Quelue Farms to name a few attractions in the area.

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