‘If I Meet President Sirleaf Today’

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“If I were to meet President Ellen Jonson Sirleaf today for any formal discussion regarding the nation and its people, I will tell her Liberia needs a sustainable road network for development.” The assertion was made by Bishop Jensen D. Seyenkulo (Lutheran Church of Liberia) in a Daily Observer interview recently in Monrovia.

Bishop Seyenkulo added that a majority of Monrovia’s neighborhood roads are in very deplorable conditions that need government’s urgent attention.

He said most of the community roads in Monrovia and its environs are difficult to use by vehicles and as a result they make daily commute a hardship.

The affected areas he named include Tubman Boulevard in Sinkor, from the 11th to 18th Streets in Monrovia, and Bushrod Island.

He said the government must pay attention to roads because the daily commute to town and other areas should make it easier for the people to reach their places of work and residences.

Bishop Senyenkulo argued that it is critical for Liberians to commute without impediments.

He also revealed that churches and other religious institutions may want to partner with the Liberian government to drive government’s development agenda.

Bishop Seyenkulo stressed that the deplorable condition of roads in Monrovia and other parts of the country have impeded partnership arrangements and therefore the government must rehabilitate roads to ease the suffering of Liberian workers and traders.

Relief and development arms of local churches, missionaries and foreign churches have programs to empower Liberians in the country.

But, Bishop Seyenkulo said poor access to hard-to-reach areas in the country makes it difficult to take such vital relief assistance to the needy.

He said the government should consolidate towards sourcing solar energy for some parts of the country.

Dr. Senyenkulo made reference to Germany’s energy program that is principally geared towards the provision of electricity through multitudes of solar panels.

He explained that much could be realized if the government supplies reliable energy to the Liberian people.

Bishop Senyenkulo disclosed that the Lutheran World Service Liberia field office has begun digging wells to provide safe-drinking water in several parts of Gbarpolu County.

Meanwhile Bishop Seyenkulo lauded the Liberian government and partners for the pavement of the Buchanan- Monrovia-Gbarnga and Gbarnga-Ganta highways.

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