PLP Political Leader Inaugurates 3 Bridges in Margibi District #4

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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.

— 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 cuts the ribbon leading to one of the bridges constructed by his philanthropic organization.

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.

6 COMMENTS

  1. Dr. Cassell:
    “Liberians and others who killed their fellow men to obtain public offices normally “die like dogs” and end their lives “miserably”.

    So true, Sir! It is biblical, let’s pray for our fellow countrymen to understand this basic commandment of God, “Thou shall NOT kill!”

    Dr. Cassell:
    “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.”

    WRONG, Dr. Cassell!
    You are what you are because of Liberia. Liberia has given you what no human being or nation can give you. It may NOT have been through government scholarships, free education, subsidies or any public benefits.

    If your mother and father are truly from Lofa, then Liberia gave you life that no other nation can ever give you.
    Liberia watched over your faltering steps, nourished you in its bosom, cared for you along the way and partly educated you before departing for the USA or wherever you may have come from. You are who you are because of Liberia, be grateful for that, Sir!

    A piece of advice from me
    Get a communication team to lead you in your actions!
    Never speak off head, lest you get yourself into trouble and make the Liberian electorate to frown on you.
    Your intentions are good, like Dr. Dr. Dr. George M. Weah, but know how to talk, for you are on a mined and treacherous ground!

    Critique of the humanitarian gesture
    I consider the use of US $250,000 to build 3 bridges on such dusty road a waste of valuable resources.
    Within a maximum period of two years (2 rainy seasons), given the heavy rainfall we experience in Liberia, these bridges will be clogged and even cause more damage to the local population than in the past. Take my word to the bank!

    Dr. Cassel, do not listen to Liberians who would want you to do something, or prove to do something before they can vote you in the presidency.
    Roads and bridges are projects that should be undertaken by the GOL. It entails environmental and technical studies, and therefore requires huge sums of money to pay different experts and the contractor/s. We do not have a polytechnic to ease some of these things. We wholly and solely depend on foreign expertise, and so very costly to undertake. Let’s learn to begin sustainable development in everything we do. Build a bridge for the people that can withstand natural disasters in the next 20 years.

    To really help the people free of (political) strains, the $250 kilos you spent on 3 bridges could have been used to build schools or healthcare centers or finance their farming projects to provide permanent and related job opportunities even beyond the 3 villages.

    I know you are directed by God to go into any community to help, but I will also admonish you to ask God for wisdom to know how to expediently and sustainably help the people.

    My regards and respect, Dr. Cassell!

  2. Defender,
    The year 2023 will arrive. We all hope that the omnipotent God will train His moral compass on us as we patiently await 2023.

    An Irresistible Reality:
    Weah is making news as he visits the counties of Liberia. Not flimsy news, but rather news of trustworthiness. By doing that, Weah builds momentum and gains credibility. Liberians love a down-to- earth leader. There’s no surprise that Weah shapes up to be the down-to-earth leader that Liberians identify with. More importantly, Liberians have a tendency to align themselves with a leader who shows machismo! As Weah continues his county tour, he touches the hearts of the Liberian people. It shows! Example, in recent days, we’ve seen with our eyes how some eligible voters have made the decision to cross over to the CDC camp.

    Disappointment In The Opposition:
    With all of this going on about Weah’s likeability, the fragile opposition (known for its outdated views and weakness) is scrambling for recognition. What’s even worse is that the opposition (of which the ANC is an affiliate) does not have a populist message.

    Question…
    Isn’t it about time that you’ve made the decision to part ways with the opposition?

  3. Part ways with the opposition? Yes, I have done that long ago.
    Part ways with the ANC? I have not even started yet! The ANC will be the first political party I will integrate in Liberia. In fact, the ANC is the first political party that has made me to talk politics in my life because of its pragmatism and patriotism in its views and actions.

    Weah’s likeability?
    Well, we are yet to see it. Are you watching images from the tour? Can you describe the number of people he receives as likeability?
    Revisit videos of Ellen’s state visits and compare the number of people who received her as compared to that of Weah.
    Grand Frere, wake up to reality!

    The opposition I claim to belong to DOES NOT need a populist leader; we are interested in technocrats with pragmatism to help Liberia embark on sustainable development.
    How can your Weah build a major highway with operational speed of 80 kilometers per hour, then breaking ground for the improvement of the port in the southeastern region? NO VISION, Grand Frere!

    If Weah had gone to school, he was going to know that the port in the South Eastern region is a major gateway to the leeward counties and neighboring forest Guinea. He was therefore going to prioritize building a good road network from Ganta to Harper, knowing that such road will be plied by trucks and other heavy machinery. In so doing, he opens the port in the South East to all the counties in the region, including Bong. Transportation of goods will increase in volume between Guinea and Liberia thereby significantly augmenting economic activities and naturally, improved infrastructure with substantial increment in government revenue intake.

    Taking precious resources to build economic buildings for the people in the South East wherein they do not have economic activities to maintain such properties is a WASTE OF PRECIOUS RESOURCES!

    Let me stop here, Grand Frere. I do not want to share all our plans with you guys before you begin to immaturely implement them. But as always, anyone stealing a project can NEVER implement it in accordance with the original blueprint.

    Tell Weah to leave things as they are. Our generation will build our country Liberia!

  4. What a joke! The structural integrity of this “pile of cement”/concrete projection (with no mathematics, strain test, etc involved) dubbed here as a bridge (a concrete patch mostly done by “who wan work?” masons) is bound to fail shortly.

    Liberians are impressed by nothing. This is not a bridge (doesn’t meet all requirements of a bridge from a structural engineering perspective) is just one of the many ways Liberian politicians fool lure our ignorant populace into voting for them. It’s sad our people will sing praises to these people!

  5. What a joke! The structural integrity of this “pile of cement”/concrete projection (with no mathematics, strain test, etc involved) dubbed here as a bridge (a concrete patch mostly done by “who wan work?” masons) is bound to fail shortly.

    Liberians are impressed by nothing. This is not a bridge (doesn’t meet all requirements of a bridge from a structural engineering perspective). This is just one of the many ways Liberian politicians fool/lure our ignorant populace into voting for them. It’s sad our people will sing praises to these people!

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