22 February 2013

Liberia: Lawmaker Poised to Construct Police Station - Doe Community to Benefit in 35 Years

Representative Abraham V. Corneh, III of District #14, Montserrado County has disclosed plans for the construction of a police station to address the growing problem of armed robbery and other forms of criminalities.

Doe Community, the nucleus of District #14, is a slum community that has an approximate population of 36,000.

Rep. Corneh, III said the police station which is expected to cost US$4,000 will be constructed by his office, saying "When constructed, the facility will provide security for residents of the community since the last 35 years will and help as a platform for law enforcement among citizens of the area as well as other surrounding communities."

"The official kick-off for the construction of the sub police station will take place at the end of this week where other authorities of the district along with representatives of the Ministry of Justice and the Liberian National Police to break grounds for the project."

Upon the completion of the facility, Rep. Corneh said it will be turned over to the Liberian National Police and the Ministry of Justice.

According to him, his action to undertake the construction of the facility is predicated upon several calls by residents of the community as well as surroundings on the increase level of armed robbery and other criminal activities in the area.

"On many occasions, community leaders have informed me that there is an increase in criminal activities in the community and recently two persons were allegedly shot by armed robbers who made away with several valuables", the lawmaker said.

Other salient issues he said his office intends to consider are the proliferation of illicit drugs and other dangerous substances as well as ghettos in the community, saying "the presence of ghettos in the area is a contributing factor to the increase in crime in many communities across country."

According to Rep. Corneh, young people who are addicts can easily slip into unlawful activities which increase the level of insecurity in the environment.

He used the occasion to seriously warn members of the district who are engaged in activities that tend to undermine his development agenda for the district to desist from that or to criticize more constructive manner that will not affect other citizens in the district.

"Many young people in the district are in the constant habit of calling on radio stations to criticize the performance e I took over as representative for the district", Representative Corneh added.

He said he was involved in other constructive initiatives, adding Public Works is currently carrying out community road construction in Clara Town that will be followed by other communities in the district.

Besides, he promised to construct a modern high, hospital and administrative building in the district after the completion of the police station, adding "there is a great need for such facilities to be available in every major community in the country. "

He made the disclosure when a youth organization under the banner "Youth United for Development (YOFOR) Liberia honored the lawmaker as philanthropist lawmaker of the year 2012.

Doe Community established by former President Samuel Kanyon Doe in the early 1980s is one of the four populated "slum" communities in district #14 on the Bushrod Island with over 36, 000 inhabitants without police station, needless to say court, high school, clinic, hospital and even electricity.

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