Since Sunday, January 25, residents of Benson and Lynch Streets in Monrovia have lived in fear of a “death trap” created by an LEC light pole that is hanging precariously over the intersection putting pedestrians, petty traders, vehicles and buildings at serious risk.
According to eyewitnesses, the already rotten pole was knocked off its base by a speeding lorry nearly two weeks ago. But since the incident, the menacing pole has remained hanging over the street posing a serious threat to the safe movement of vehicles and pedestrians along that route.
Up to press time last night, LEC’s Public Relations officer, Hassan Kiawu, who was contacted on several occasions about the danger the damaged pole poses to residents and passers-by, has not prompted any action from his management to remove or replant the hazardous electricity pole.
It may be recalled that on several occasions, LEC has neglected similar rotten or damaged light poles to the detriment of poverty-stricken citizens who eke out their livelihood from the street corners.
Meanwhile, most of the residents directly in the vicinity of the damaged pole, among them, Temacus and wife Sianeh, an elderly woman only identified as Dawo and her three children, are calling on the LEC management to remove the hanging pole to avoid a disaster.