The Mayor of Cestos City, the capital city of Rivercess County, has charged that lack of incentives and needed logistics are some of the causes of the city’s under development.
Mayor Sarah N. Zeo made the complaint in an exclusive interview with the Daily Observer at her office recently.
She explained that her administration continues to apply all efforts to carry out clean up campaigns but with a limited staff of 17 persons, she and her staff are unable to overcome the challenges.
Among the challenges faced by the Cestos city mayor is the deliberate refusal of land owners to clean their respective properties during clean up campaigns organized to give the city a face lift.
She said the city’s poor lay-out without streets and alleys for the free movement of citizens and residents is another major problem.
She disclosed that some time ago, a surveyor from the Ministry of Lands, Mines and Energy, Mr. Bismark Addy, was hired to lay out the city with streets and alleys, but nothing has been done.
She frowned on the lack of revenue agents in the county to collect government revenues, a portion of which could be used to help develop the city, the mayor pointed out.
“In fact, logging and other companies operating in the county have their offices in Grand Bassa County, instead of Rivercess County where they could pay royalties to the City Corporation for development purposes,” she contended.
Mayor Zeo appealed to the County’s Legislative Caucus and national government to help curtail the hindrances against the development of the city.
It may be recalled that Rivercess County was the 5th District under Grand Bassa County for decades, until 1984 when the late President Samuel Kanyon Doe, then Chairman of the People’s Redemption Council (PRC), declared Rivercess a county.