The commissioner of the Township of Millsburg, across the St. Paul River in Montserrado County, has called on the Liberian government and locals residing outside the township to come to the town’s rescue.
Commissioner Gordon L. Cisco told the Daily Observer in an interview recently that the township’s most urgent needs are funds and materials to rebuild the only public school and its major highway that links the township to other communities.
“We have a student population of about 400 and sadly the only public elementary school is broken down,” Commissioner Cisco lamented. “Students sit on benches and there are only four teachers.”
He said until recently, the Millsburg Public Elementary School had a junior high section, but due to inadequate support the junior high school section had to be scrapped and junior high school students are compelled to continue their education elsewhere at a high cost to parents.
He said, “The entire township has a population of at least 5,000 inhabitants who are involved in farming cassava and sugar cane for ‘cane juice,’ among other things.”
He explained that the income generated by the people is not enough to help the township’s reconstruction. “It is therefore necessary for locals who have left the township and can afford to spend some resources to rebuild the township, to come to their aid,” he said.
Though Millsburg is one of the few Liberian communities that was spared by the recent raging Ebola virus, which he credited to its poor road network that made it difficult for suspected Ebola virus carriers to have sought refuge there, “Our community must benefit from better roads to make sure that our farmers are able to send their produce easily to other markets.”
“Life is extremely hard for our farmers during the rainy season because they are unable to transport their produce cheaply to distant markets,” he explained.
He revealed that reports of crime are absent in the township. The nearest police depot takes about four hours to reach. Comm. Cisco stated that such an ideal community deserves some development attention by the central government.
“We don’t have a town hall to discuss issues that affect our community,” Mr. Cisco, who is in his second year as commissioner, said.
He meanwhile informed the Daily Observer that a community service gathering is slated to be held on March 29, at the Millsburg First Baptist Church to raise funds to jumpstart its road project. He could not give an estimated cost of the road improvement project.
“We’re hoping to raise not less than US$4, 000.” Commissioner Cisco said.