The New Dawn (Monrovia)

14 January 2013

Liberia: Grand Bassa to Tackle Sea Erosion

Grand Bassa County Superintendent, Etweda A. Cooper, has disclosed plans to tackle threatening sea erosion that has engulfed the port city of Buchanan.

Speaking to this paper, Superintendent Cooper said the Government of Liberia and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) are exerting effort to construct a concrete wall around Buchanan to prevent the sea from taking over the city.

"All I need is massive support from the people of Grand Bassa; be it physical, moral or spiritual", she said. She said the project will cost thousands of United Stated dollars, and is expected to begin this month.

"As our friend (UNDP) is helping us, we as citizens residing in this county need to work very hard to save our county from this natural disaster", she urged.

Superintendent Cooper said currently her administration has embarked on completing projects that were left behind by her predecessors, including roads and drainages in Buchannan, and the Grand Kola Road and Worr River Bridge as well as the David High School.

She said educational system of the county is being improved, but stressed that access to education entails providing qualified teachers and conducive learning environment.

"Making our students coming out with flying colors in the West African examination (WAEC) is what I went so see as Superintendent of Grand Bassa", she added.

She the county is also working on several other development projects, including rehabilitation of the Doris Williams Sports Stadium at an estimated of US$538,482, saying "As we speak, we are working on Taye the Town Community Hall, which is at a roof level, and the total project cost about US$ 65,000, covering furniture, contractor and others."

Superintendent Cooper said the county has also signed a Memorandum of understanding with the United Methodist Church for the completion of a health center, costing about US$309,000.

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