Gborga: A Town without Safe-drinking Water, Health or Other Facilities

0
872

Gborga Town, about 176 miles away from Monrovia, is located deep in the forest of Morweh District, Rivercess County.

This small sized settlement is a home to approximately 2,500 inhabitants.

They reside in an estimated 150 dotted thatched huts, and earn their living from subsistence farming.

The town has two quarters, namely:  Gborga and Bunns, but the inhabitants within that quarterly division, are united for development, considering the dearth of basic social services. Principally, the town lacks a hand pump (source of safe-drinking water), a clinic and school.

The Town Chief, James Gweh is assisted by a Quarter Chief of Gborga, Friday Zor.

The town was founded in 1976 and named after in-laws  of the original residents of the area—the Gaunma people,  whose taboo remains chicken—which, in keeping with tradition, they don’t eat.  Neither do they sell the chicken.  

“At first, we wanted to name the town after our son named Lemuel or Joshua Logan, founders of the town,” Mr. James Sammie, 61, told the Daily Observer during an exclusive interview during a visit.     

Divided over who exactly the town should be named after, the townspeople later resolved the impasse when the only government elementary school there was named in honor of one of the contending names–Joshua Logan Public School. Thus, the town was named after the Gborga family who had the support of Lemuel Logan.  

But one thing that keeps reminding them of their destitution is the lack of basic social services, paramount among them—a health post and at least a hand pump to provide them safe drinking water.

With the coming of the raining season, the residents will have to fetch drinking water from nearby creeks, including the one closer to the town—the Borlahn Creek.

Another issue which, if not immediately addressed by the government would make living more frustrating for Gborga residents, is the deplorable condition of the motor road. In dire need of reconditioning, it threatens to cut the area off from the rest of Rivercess County.

The residents expressed fear of any looming ‘water-borne disease’ including diarrhea. But in spite that fear, coupled with their hardships, the residents believe that one day the nightmare will become something of history.

True to the residents’ beliefs, the town is expected to witness a construction of a multi-million dollar school complex—the Daisy Bopah Memorial Academy.  The school project is expected to contain the needed development, including the construction of hand pimps, clinics or health posts, etc.

A ground breaking ceremony paving the way for the construction of this school was held in April this year. It was welcome news for residents as it revived the academic hopes of parents and their school-age children desirous of continuing their academic sojourn.

The Daisy Bopah Memorial Academy, to be built on 100 acres of land, will be the first privately-operated high school and the only two-storey modern complex in that region of the Morweh District. When completed, it will stand as a representation of the county’s developmental achievement, which promises to bring in safe-drinking water as well as construction of health-post and other facilities.

The school will eventually provide an adult literacy program, vocational education, a modern gymnasium with a courtyard for other activities, and teachers and administrative staff housing units.
Part of the infrastructure for the school, according to the man behind its construction, Mr. Daniel Menyon, the design calls for the use of solar panels, to provide clean energy (electricity) for the entire complex as well as the town and its surrounding hamlets.  Mr. Menyon is a son of Daisy Bopah, a woman after whom the school is named.

Leave a Reply