The Chief Executive Officer and General Manager of Security Expert Guard Agency of Liberia (SEGAL), Momo T. Cyrus, has said that Lofians must take responsibility for the construction of Lofa’s roads, saying that it would encourage government to join and ensure that the county is liberated from bad roads.
Cyrus spoke to the Daily Observer on December 27 at his hometown in David Selma Town, Lofa County, during a celebration with farmers for providing adequate support that led to the cultivation of over 150 acres of upland farm rice for the last two years.
He said he is ready to provide his contribution to the construction of the road in order to alleviate bad road conditions in Lofa County.
“We can’t wait for government to do everything for us so we private citizens must take initiative to have the roads fixed because the bad road condition is a nightmare and an impediment for all of us,” he said.
Commenting on Agriculture, Cyrus attributed the lack of buyers of the farmers’ produce to the bad roads, which he said need the effort of every well-meaning citizen.
“Today I was at a youth program and expected vice President Boakai to be there, but he was not there. I contributed US$5,000 and LD$35,000 and was waiting to pledge to the construction of the road,” he said.
“If the road is paved, buyers will come for the farmers’ produce. This a serious challenge that farmers and buyers can’t solve. If we start, the government can come into the picture later and Lofa County can get a paved road.”
Talking about the celebration with the farmers, Mr. Cyrus said based on the good news of harvesting the previous 150 acres of farmland, farmers were encouraged to support this year’s farming activities, which he believes merits celebration.
“This group is here today because coming from nowhere, 21 towns in the Boni Clan participated in harvesting of rice this year. You need to imagine how people left their homes early in the morning to help harvest the rice,” he said.
He said the message to the people, particularly the farmers during said gathering, is unity, for the fact that they can assemble together in one place.
“So, during this Christmas season, we decided that people have done extremely well and we came to appreciate them. We decided that each of those towns will receive LD$10,000 as a way of appreciation as well as we killed a cow for them,” said Cyrus.
He said in previous years, they concentrated in rice production, and said that cassava, coffee, eddo, palm, potato and vegetable farming activities will commence in the upcoming farming season.
“We are now using the rice plots to plant other corps like cassava, palm and coffee. Lofa County was considered before as the breadbasket of Liberia and we have to go back and reclaim that history,” he said.
Cyrus said he is in good working relationship with the youth, as their role in maintaining peace is cardinal and has always motivated them to remain focused and engaged in activities that would promote their activities in the county.
The SEGAL boss said the residents of the county have the land space and the energy required for the county to be the breadbasket of the country, and that he is excited that the people are feeding themselves from their own production.