10 December 2012

Liberia: Youth Group Reminds Ellen of Campaign Pledge

A youth group under the banner of Battery Factory Woodsfield Business Association is reminding President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf of her campaign pledge she made to them. The youth group said President Johnson-Sirleaf made the promise when she met with the leadership of the Woodsfield Business Association in Battery Factory during the 2011 elections.

According to them, President Johnson-Sirleaf promised to construct a one- kilometer road to link Woodsfield to the rest of Battery Factory once she was re-elected as president. Woodsfield was relocated from the Free Port of Monrovia by the Government of Liberia in a bid to give the country's number one port a facelift and decongest the area.

In a weekend interview with this paper, the Chairman of the youth group, Mr. Nathaniel B. Brown, said the one-kilometer road, when constructed, will link their businesses with the rest of Battery Factory, thereby improving their business.

He lamented that the new business area is inaccessible, particularly during the rainy season. He said the inaccessibility of the area is greatly impeding their business. Mr. Brown averred that the President had assured them that road construction project would have been completed by December of this year.

But Mr. Brown expressed frustration that up to present, the President through the Ministry of Public works is commence the road project. He pointed out that business community in Battery Factory voted for Madam Sirleaf primarily on the basis of her promise to construct the one- kilometer road.

Hear Mr. Brown: "The road here is completely damage. This is the road that during the campaign season Madam Sirleaf promised to help us as a business community to build. She brought us here from Freeport of Monrovia, with the hope that she will make things better but now we have been left alone, our businesses are completely at standstill. At this time, we think it is prudent to call on her to do the honorably thing by making good her campaign promise because we trust her word and that is why we voted for her."

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