The Commissioner of the Township of West Point has disclosed that about 5,000 victims of the recent erosion will be relocated when permanent structures are constructed in the VOA community in Brewerville after the rainy season.
Commissioner Sampson Nyan told this paper that over 140 of 500 persons with dire and emergency situations have already been relocated to temporary makeshift zinc homes in the VOA’sBrewerville Township. “But over 4,500 persons will be relocated permanently when construction of permanent homes are completed.” No date was provided on when the permanent structures would be completed but construction not likely to begin until the following dry season.
On the living conditions of those in the temporary homes, Nyan said construction of latrines andhand pumps are among amenitiesbeinginstalled by the government.”Before the relocation, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf toured here and provided rice and clothing.Since then, we have made available other items such as cooking utensils, mattresses, lights, so that they can start up.”
Our reporter also visited the offices of the Disaster Victims Association of Liberia, Inc, where the vice chairman, Daniel S. Grant, and staff accompanied him to see the latest havoc caused by the sea.By his measurement, it was observed that the sea was only 10 meters away from the main and only paved road in that still densely populated West Point slum community.
“This is just a warning of what is to come in July through October, when the force of the sea is very strong,” Grant said with a worried look, and pointed to an area in the sea about 60 meters away where he recalled a bakery once stood.
He disclosed that the yellow machine is presently clearing a land area (361 acres) donated by a governor in Brewerville,Soko Wiles, for the disaster victims.
Grant said units to be built on that land will be modern structures like those at Cabral Estate.
Meanwhile, most West Pointers are bracing themselves to manage through the heaviest of the rainy season July through August.
Speaking on the latest data as of yesterday, Grant said the number of disaster victims in the zinc shacks is now 248; and while showering thanks on President Sirleaf, he appealed to her to urge international and local goodwill humanitarians to come to the aid of West Pointers to help complement her efforts.
Meanwhile, Commissioner Nyan has disclosed that “absolutely there has been no cooperation between the Montserrado County Legislative Caucus and I and I will tell you frankly that the Legislators of this county, especially those assigned to this district, have totally neglected the people.
“There were several occasions the people went to them and they shouted at them. For example, Solomon George, on a daily basis insults the people who go to him for assistance, and tells them that he was not the one who told them to come and live in West Point and that he has absolutely nothing to do with relocation.”
Since his appointment, Nyan said, he has received no support from either Senator George MannehWeah or Geraldine Doe Sherif, even though he said there have been several calls to them from the affected West Point residents.