— Vows to fight for the poor people
To help alleviate the numerous challenges farmers encounter in transporting their produce from their various farms to the market, the vision bearer and political leader of the People’s Liberation Party (PLP), Dr. Daniel E. Cassell, has dedicated three giant-size concrete bridges for the people in Margibi County.
The bridges, which link Larkayta to Cinta Township, are estimated at US$250,000 and were constructed by the PLP political leader through his foundation, the Cassell Foundation, headed by his wife Bindu.
The PLP vision bearer, who is also the chief executive officer of the Cassell Foundation, said the bridges will help ease travel in the township, especially during the rainy season.
People in these districts are primarily farmers producing foodstuffs and in some cases, rubber, and transporting their commodities during the rainy season is not possible because the twin creeks at the entrance of the one of the villages where the PLP political leader is constructing his properties become flooded to the point that the people use a raft or canoe to cross.
Dr. Cassell told the jubilant residents of the township that he did not come to Liberia to be President or looking for a retirement job, but instead to give back to his country, something he said it is God who has directed him to do so.
During the dedication, Dr. Cassell said he observed that for too long in Liberia, citizens have been marginalized and looked down upon by greedy and selfish politicians or government officials because of their current statuses in the Liberian society.
He said Liberians and others who killed their fellow men to obtain public offices normally “die like dogs” and end their lives “miserably”.
“I know what you people going through; and so, I am here to fight for you people. God has sent me so we can work together. I am not a politician; I have not been in politics before; I have not worked for the government before. My hands are clean and I never fear any human being. I never went to the dark world before to get my money. People who go to the dark world cannot do anything good with it because the devil does not have a free gift. I believe in the Highest and it is He whom I trust”.
Dr. Cassell said Liberia, as a nation endowed with natural resources, continues to linger behind other countries in the West African sub-region and the world at large in terms of infrastructural and economic development, as well as the provision of basic social and health services to citizens.
According to him, Liberia currently needs a spiritual leader to ascend to the highest office in the land if the country is to be on the right trajectory for the benefit of all its citizens.
“This nation needs a spiritual deliverance and therefore, we need a spiritual leader in this country”.
Dr. Cassell, however, called on religious leaders, including Pastors and Imams from the Liberia Council of Churches (LCC) and the National Muslim Council of Liberia (NMCL), respectively, to “Join hands in praying so that God can ascend to the throne of the country a spiritual leader who will know what it means to relate to another human being, help another human being, or what it means when somebody is suffering and you need to come to their aid”.
“God brought us here today for a reason. There are plenty of places around here that I could have chosen to carry development. I could have chosen my ma (mother) and pa (father) county Lofa; or where my wife comes from — Grand Cape Mount County”.
“But the good thing about it, I don’t make my own decisions. God is the one who can make it for me. So, wherever God sends me, that’s the place I can go. I can’t tell you why God sent me here, but God knows what he sent me for. And when he gave me instructions — obedience is better than sacrifice — and I can just obey. When I obey, God can do good, good things through me. He can make other people happy.”
Dr. Cassell pointed out that the completion and subsequent dedication of the three bridges constructed in the area was in fulfilment of a prophecy that God was going to send a messenger to ensure speedy and rapid development in the area.
He added that though he had no communication with local authorities or community dwellers in the township, the dedication of the bridges simplifies the way “God has orchestrated or made things to happen”.
“It is a clear indication that today is a historic day and therefore you wanted to be a part of history. Larkayta happens to be a proud recipient of one of our blessings. This is one of the many challenges that our country is facing,” he said.
“There are many people who want to help themselves. All that they need is support. Like the farmers, they are trying to help themselves by growing crops to take to the markets to sell and feed their families. But the challenge of road connectivity poses a major constraint to them. But we are very happy that Dr. Cassell’s Foundation was able to complete these bridges”.
Dr. Cassell, however, vowed to continue to address the challenges confronting citizens in various communities across the country, with no expectation of getting anything back from them.
“As we move in different communities and counties, as we see problems, as God makes it possible for us to solve, we will solve. I don’t call this giving back because people who gave back have been given something. Liberia has given me nothing; the voters have given me nothing, but I sympathize with them. I see their problems and I solve those problems not because I want something from you, but because I care”.
“I do what I do not because I have it. I love the Liberian people; I want to see the change in this country; I want to see improvement in their lives; that’s why I do the things that I do.”
Earlier, the PLP’s Vice Chairman for Administration and Finance, Tapple Doe said the construction of the bridges came as a result of the difficulties citizens, especially farmers have to go through in getting their produce to the market and nearby villages.
According to him, having witnessed the difficulties citizens faced; it was when Dr. Cassell decided to build the bridges to bring some relief to the people of electoral District#4.
He said: “Today is indeed a historic day for residents in the township, because after several years, our people will now move from one town to the other.”
For his part, John Barwoe, Town Chief of the Township, expressed gratitude to Dr. Cassell and his team for the new bridges, which he described as a total relief to the community.
At the same time, Commissioner George Cooper, on behalf of the Township, pledged their support in working with Dr. Cassell for the fast development of their township.