18 February 2013

Liberia: Youth Council Lambasts Rep. Richmond Anderson

A group calling itself Montserrado County District #12 Youth Council has accused Representative Richmond Anderson of failing to make good his campaign promises.

In a release issued in Monrovia during the weekend, the youth group named among other things, the lawmaker's failure to provide them scholarship opportunities and advocate for basic social services are reasons for their outburst.

They urged him to live up to the purpose for which he was elected, so as to pave the way for a second term.

The Youth Council said: "After assuring residents of the District of an open decision making process, the representative imposed on the people a non-touch developmental plan (District Office) with a cost over $100,000.00USD (hundred thousand United State Dollars). Something that was not prioritizes by the people. In addition a Project Management Team (PMT) for the district was setup without the participation of the youth."

With this action, the Council said, "we knew the representative had some exterior motive at the time. We waited for the fullest of time to prove ourselves right. The   PMT and the representative submitted  to the office of the superintendent  of  Montserrado County a proposal containing a district office and two markets centers with an attached cost $150,000.00USD (One hundred fifty one thousand) without the consent of the people. This news came as a surprise in every corners of the District."

"Representative Anderson again,  in an effort to appease the patience minded people of District Twelve (12), his district office printed forms and distributed it among the fifteen (15) communities  of the district to list their priorities, ranging from education, sanitation, health and empowerment. Community leaders filled those forms with high expectation and submitted them more than nine (9) months ago, but yet to see any action. Furthermore, less fortunate students were given a slap in the face by the representative after assuring them through the youth council that they will be in school in the coming academic year 2012-2013 while schools were still on vacation as far back in September.  But again, he failed to meet up with that promises of which the District Youth Council has taken the issue up through the media. This attitude on the part of Representative Anderson has caused us serious embarrassment as youth leaders," the youth group noted in the release.

They further asserted that upon his return from Nigeria in October 2012, Representative Anderson informed members of the DYC that his tripe was successful and he was on the verge of establishing a company in the District to provide jobs opportunity for the people. He continued by adding, his partners were expected in three (3) weeks period in the country for assessment. The three (3) weeks period had elapsed with additional thirteen (13) weeks running out. Once more we are still waiting on the arrival of his partners, from Nigeria.

Representative Anderson could not be reached up to press time, as his mobile phones rang endlessly without any response.

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