— Says it was more political than about improvement of lives
Gbapolu County Senator, Daniel Naatehn, has condemned President Weah’s recent presidential county tour to Western region of the country, mainly Gbapolu county.
Senator Naatehn said President Weah’s tour does not have social and economic benefits on the lives of the people of the region and particularly of Gbapolu County, terming the installations of the solar panel light in Bopolu as total waste of National resources.
According to him, the Ministry of Education recently retired about eighty teachers in Gbarpolu County thus forcing about thirty schools in county to be shut down, affecting hundreds of students in the county.
Senator Naatehn noted that such things should be the President’s concern, but he has rather chosen to allegedly go on his campaign trail.
He noted that most of the students in the county are out of schools due to lack of teachers in the class room. “These are some of the challenges confronting the citizens of Gbapolu County; President Weah chose to carry few lights poles which cannot provide lights to the city thus leaving the entire city into total darkness .
Senator Naatehn said the citizens of Bopolu City will bring their mattresses in the street because of few poles, saying the few light poles do not have an economic impact on the lives of the citizens.
He revealed that the two million Liberian dollars given by President George Weah to the People of Gbarpolu County has created serious confusion amongst the people of the county, stressing that the money cannot serve all the towns and villages in the county.
According him, the hundred bed-room hospital construction in the county is untimely saying there are lots of communities’ clinic in the county which need improvement instead of building hospital which may not serve the people for the intended purpose.
The ANC senator stressed that he is planning to hold a town hall meeting which is intended to bring the people of Gbarpolu County together as a result of the December 8th 2020 midterm elections.
He lauded the people of Gbapolu County for selecting Senator Botoe Kanneh as their next senator during the December 8th 2020 midterm elections, saying he will help Senator Kanneh for the common interest of the people of Gbarpolu County .
Senator Daniel Flomo Naatehn recently warned of a huge looming disaster in the wake of the growing wave of illicit mining in his county.
“These illicit miners who are predominantly Ghanaian nationals, are causing huge environmental degradation that is now threatening the very livelihood of Liberian citizens living in places with huge concentrations of the illicit Ghanaian miners,” Senator Naatehn’s February 18, 2021 communication noted.
He disclosed that the miners are using an immeasurable volume of very dangerous chemical called mercury to extract gold, and has made all the rivers unsafe for humans, wildlife and domesticated animals that depend on the rivers for drinking, washing and other purposes.
The Senator lamented that the Ministry of Lands, Mines and Energy which has the statutory responsibility to grant mining licenses and also institute measures to ensure the safety of Liberian citizens in mining communities, is said to be complacent in the illegal mining atrocities in Gbarpolu.
“Hence, the Ministry’s inability to take legal measures to curtail the illegal mining or totally abolish the act is not healthy for our country. Colleagues, we have a huge disaster looming right now.”