J. Freeman Garway says accountability in both public and private sectors remain cardinal to Liberia’s development, because that lack of accountability has killed the country over the years.
Garway, the first man to open a school in the Sand Town Community, located opposite the Isaac A. Davis School at ELWA Junction, made the remarks over the weekend at a program honoring several residents for their outstanding services to the Sand Town Community and the official launch of Sand Town Unification and Development Association.
Mr. Garway, who was also honored, called on citizens to support the government’s effort in the development of Liberia, and also be accountable to funds for development initiative.
“We have to provide the needs of the community and remain accountable to the people who we serve. There are thousands of graves out there, because of lack of accountability to the people,” he said.
Mr. Garway, who first moved to the community with his parents in the late 70s, said the development of Sand Town and the lifespan of the organization will depend on the level of accountability of the association.
“We don’t have a public latrine, which is bad for the entire community. There is only one hand-pump in Sand Town. The community dwellers and I will be looking forward to seeing the necessary changes,” he said.
Mrs. Patience Varkona, chairlady of the association, said she was delighted to see people of like mind coming together to support the development of their community.
“We intend to focus on cleaning the community, educating parents and girls about teenage pregnancy, which is on the increase in Sand Town. We will also encourage young boys and girls to take education seriously, providing an opportunity to enable them to go to school and other development initiatives,” Mrs. Varkona said.
An advisor to the association, Danieltta F. Sleyon, said they remain committed to the development of the community.
“We have to help instill a good behavior in our young people and also ensure that they are educated. Our young people do not know how to approach or talk to older people,” Madam Sleyon said.
According to her, the community lacks some basic things, including public latrines and hand-pumps, and these must be addressed.
Other residents honored included Mother Comfort Smith, Mother Sarah Gbotee, Aaron P. Sayon, Dr. Garmonedeh Clinton, Mother Hawa Moses, Isaac Marnwenh, Peter F. Clinton, James M. Strother, Alfred G. Juweh Jr., Mother Sarah Barcon, Amadee Kamara and Philip Nathan.