Superintendent’s Residence Lies in Ruins in Gbarnga

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Back view of the building

-Residents raise concern

The official residence of the Superintendent of Bong County lies in ruins as it seems that no attention is reportedly being given the building since a violent rainstorm devastated the structure early March of this year.

The building which is the official home of  the Superintendent of Bong County, was constructed during the administration of President William V. S. Tubman; it was, however, badly damaged during the long years of civil war in the country.

Speaking to this paper via mobile former Bong County Legislative Caucus Chairman and former Representative, George Sylvester Mulbah, said the county expended a little over US$82,000 from the County Social Development Funds (CSDF) to renovate the building in 2009 in order to give the Superintendent of the county a befitting residence .

“The building, lying in ruins at this time seems to be a glaring manifestation that the local county leadership is reneging to renovate the compound possibly for political reasons”, former Representative Mulbah intoned.

Following the reconditioning, it played home to former superintendents Ranney B. Jackson, Lucia Herbert and Selena Polson Mappy.

For his part, Bong County Assistant Superintendent for Development Anthony Sheriff informed this reporter that his office made assessment on the damage to the building in early March and it was estimated that the county leadership will need US$65,000 to recondition the entire building.

He said the assessment report was forwarded to the Superintendent Madam Esther N. Walker for implementation.

Mr. Sheriff said the county leadership has been making frantic efforts as well as SOS appeals to people of good will and companies including the MNG-Gold to help renovate the building.

“Right now the county does not have money, to repair that building; it will take us some time,” Assistant Superintendent Sheriff admitted.

The roof of the building was destroyed in early March of this year by a violent rainstorm and since then it has not been rehabilitated.

Ceiling destroyed by rainwater

According to the Daily Observer the ceiling of the building is being forced down by rain water and the floor soaked with rainwater could damage the structure if the roof is not replaced ahead of the usually heavy August and September downpours.

It was established by this paper that the entire compound is without watchman/security guard and some of the air conditioners as well as doors have been taken away reportedly by criminals.

Jerry Flomo a resident of the Civil Compound community a community in which the Superintendent’s Residence is located said on Tuesday July 31, 2018 at about 9pm unknown persons attacked him and made away with his smartphone and ran in the building.

Another person Esther Dunn who was victimized by the purported criminals said her computer and other valuables were taken away in the same place on her way home at about 8pm.

“If the county leadership does not renovate the building or assign security guards, nobody would dare pass that area at night hours” the victims maintained.

Front view of the building

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