Residents of Twe Farm Community, on Bushrod Island, have responded to an appeal by a group known as Concerned Citizens, and are providing materials to rehabilitate the deplorable road leading to the former Island Clinic.
Mr. Nelson Oniyama, owner of the Oniyama Specialist Hospital, promised twenty truckloads of laterite, a Lebanese resident made an initial donation of L$9, 000, and more pledges came from earthmoving company, CAT, Latter Day Saints and others. Distant neighbor, Mr. Jerry Carpenter, contributed US$100.
Residents, numbering about 1,500, according to acting Twe Farm Community chairman Jerry Williams, will be asked to donate what they can afford for the workforce that will be mobilized for the project.
The initiative, recommended by Roosevelt J. Monger and former soccer star Jonathan Armah Baxter, got the blessing of elder Leroy Dunbar, 83, grandfather of Liberian soccer player Omega Roberts, and former resident Karku Gargar.
Monger told the Daily Observer in an interview that the project was initiated to ease the suffering residents undergo during the rainy season.
“The road is so bad in the rainy season that some residents park their vehicles elsewhere and are carried on the backs of people across the bad road to their homes for a fee,” he said.
As a result, and supported by Mr. Baxter, Monger carried out consultations in the community, which led to everyone agreeing that soliciting residents’ support to rehabilitate the road was the best thing to do.
Acting chairman Williams told the Daily Observer that the project has been his administration’s dream and commended Mr. Monger and Mr. Baxter for their farsightedness. Williams, who has been acting chairman since 2012, initially opposed the project because he was not consulted by the Concerned Residents, and wanted their subsequent meetings halted.
“But in the end, the community leadership is working along with the Concerned Residents of Twe Farm for the success of the project,” added Baxter.
Although Williams did not reveal his administration’s next project, Monger, who heads the Concerned Residents, said after the road project, four additional projects remain to be tackled. They include the fencing of the Twe Farm Cemetery, provision of additional street lights, a bridge to connect to New Kru Town, identifying elders and their needs and a community school.