The Analyst (Monrovia)

Liberia: Gbarpolu Still Impoverished! - Gbarpolu District #1 Representative Malai G. Gbogar


Gbarpolu County district #2 Representative Malai G. Gbogar has alarmed of increased poverty rate in that Western part of Liberia.

Representative Gbogar told this paper recently that citizens of the county were sleeping in huts, barely roof.

The Lawmaker narrated, "Most of the people in Gbarpolu put on real rags, exposing their private parts. They can not even afford a square meal a day; I really pity the condition of the people back there and wish I had the World to give them."

She attributed the condition of the people to the lack of employment opportunities, education and pliable roads to transport farm produces to the market.

"There is no school, no hospital, no GSM network coverage, police officer (s). I mean the place is like another nation," Representative Gbogar lamented.

The Lawmaker is calling on national government, None-governmental Organizations (NGOs) and all well meaning Liberians to urgently rally some assistance for the people before they all die in abject poverty.

Meanwhile, representative Gbogar has donated assorted food and none-food items to citizens in all 15 towns and villages within her district.

Though, she did not disclosed the actual cost of the items donated to the people, it is believe that the Gbarpolu Lawmaker spent over US$50,000.00 on the initiative which put smiles on the faces of several families.

The donation which lasted for 21 consecutive days was an emergency endeavor single handily sponsored by Representative Gbogar to ease the situation while she solicit help.

She is also sponsoring the construction of a number of a number of feeder roads so as to ease transportation in the district, thus to put a stop to long distance walking.

In 2010, the Liberian government boasted of the successful implementation of a three year Poverty reduction Strategy (PRS), stating that it positively affected the lives of all Liberians.

The PRS had four pillars including Governance and the Rule of Law, Infrastructure Development, Peace and Security.

Under Infrastructure Development, the government claimed to have scored high marks, as it build major farm to market roads, schools and medical centers in all 15 counties.

Ironically, Gbarpolu can not identify a tangible from the PRS, as the road leading to the famous Belley Yallah which President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf thought would have been a legacy is yet to be completed sine December 2009.

Since the founding of the county in early 2000, citizens of the area are still hoping of God to give them a taste of road network-a means of inviting the in and out flux of commercial vehicles and a halt to walking long distances for hours just to commute from area to another.

The county can not boast of a complete junior, least to speak of a senior secondary school.

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