Several citizens of Gbarpolu County have expressed dissatisfaction over some situations they are faced with in the county.
They made their plights known over the weekend when they attended the World Press Freedom Day celebrated in Bopolu, capital city of Gbarpolu County. The World Press Freedom Day was celebrated in Bopolu City by the Press Union of Liberia (PUL).
Challenges, according to Gbarpolu citizens, include lack of access to save drinking water, inadequate education and health facilities, no farm-to-market roads, lack of electricity, amongst others.
Forty-two-year old Milton K. Dwana, a resident of Bopolu City hoped that the event will make the focus of the Liberian Government and its development partners to shift towards their county; “so that they can help us solve our problems.”
Dwana said their conditions have not changed for the better, over the years, because not too many events are held in the county to attract journalist, health workers, government officials and private institutions.
“Our voices must be heard. I want to thank the PUL because at least journalists are here to see what we go through. We lack many things here. Our radio station does not reach far for the government to hear us. Thank God that the World Freedom Day celebration has attracted journalists here so that they will help report on our challenges,” he explained.
He furthered stated that because of bad roads, they are faced with health problems and even educational challenges, not excluding their farms-to-market roads, which are badly deplorable.
“We only have one school here, and there are so many children attending the school. The school is not expensive so the children are too many for the little sitting.”
“We also don’t good drinking water in our city. We hope that our voices will be heard by the government.
Also speaking to this paper, Dennis Tewee, a 24-year old recharged cards seller, called on the government of Liberia to constantly sent representatives there to know what the community lacks.
“I sell my scratch cards before I am able to feed my parents on a daily. Nobody knows the things that happen here because our government officials hardly come around to check on us. The government has forgotten to know that Montserrado, Bassa, Margibi and Bong are not only Liberia,” he said.
Tewee also called on journalists to always visit Gbarpolu County.
“If we see two or three journalist here for two days, almost six months will pass before we see another group of journalists. The press is our only means to speak to our government, so we are begging them to always come around.”
Also speaking to the Observer, 41-year-old Sianeh Talley, a market woman, stressed that market women are affected greatly because of the bad roads. She said because of very bad roads, they (market women) cannot get their goods to the market on time.