Officers of the Liberia National Police (LNP) operating in Paynesville, with contributions from taxi drivers, marketeers and some community dwellers in the commercial district of Red Light, Paynesville, have begun repairing major potholes on the main streets.
Police depots at Zones 5 and 9 jointly initiated the project over the weekend. The venture is expected to curtail the huge traffic that usually stalls movement of vehicles.
The field coordinator of Du-port Road taxi parking station, D. Wellington Saye II, said he and his colleagues are impressed with the new dimension police operations have taken, particularly so with the police embracing communities as partners, not only in fighting crimes but also in contributing to infrastructural development.
“These holes are causing lots of damage and too much of time to all of us here as we use this road. Because of the need to watch out for pedestrians and street sellers, drivers have to always be more careful than required in driving on this road. But with the Police’s engagement of the community nearby and all of us as drivers, we welcome their effort and are supporting it through contribution of money to buy cement and crushed rocks so as to make it very solid,” Saye said.
He said while national government looks for money to rehabilitate or construct roads, it is important that residents of communities across the country take some initiatives, particularly in taking care of holes that pose danger to moving vehicles and pedestrians.
“It happens in other countries where people don’t wait for government to pave or recondition an alley or even a major street. They care and believe that it is about their well-being and community improvement,” he noted.
Even though he did not say how much his team has contributed towards the closing of potholes with cement and crushed rocks, Saye noted that they will stand by the police until all the major holes impeding free vehicular movement in Red Light are taken care of.
For his part, a commercial taxi driver, Jerroh Lighe, said he was delighted that police officers are not just pursuers of criminals and violators of laws but development-oriented persons.
“The police are getting responsible, professional and mature in dealing with issues now as compared to recent years. At least these days violations, though not seen as crimes, are taken care of professionally; even though some police officers are still not on track in terms of knowing how to handle cases. We hope the new Inspector General of Police will do his best to support the pro-poor agenda of President George M. Weah,” Lighe said.
When contacted via mobile phone, the spokesperson of the LNP, Woods Nyanton, said what the police in Paynesville are doing is welcoming. He hopes others across the country will follow suit.
“Even though I cannot tell you how much that project will cost in total, the commanders at Zones 5 and 9 have told our office that they are in a good relationship with drivers, business persons and nearby community dwellers that are also willing to contribute according to their own capacities towards the fixing of the roads,” Yonton said.
He commended the leadership of the LNP in Paynesville for the initiative and admonished them to be professional in doing what they have started.
“When the many potholes are taken care of, traffic control will become easier and there will not be too much delay in entering or coming from Red Light,” Nyanton said.
Nyanton promised, in consultation with the Inspector General of Police, Patrick Sudue, to find out from the commanders of Zones 5 and 9 on what will be the total cost of repairing the potholes. He encouraged the police to be loving and friendly with the people they serve.
“Activities, such as what they are doing, speak of police preparedness to serve with humility and sacrifice in the interest of our fellow citizens and all others who reside within our country,” he boasted.
He said Zones 5 and 9 commanders have informed him that the project will resume on Sunday, March 25, as done over the weekend. This will help prevent traffic congestion or the inconvenience of the movement of people while work is being done.