23 January 2014

Liberia: Mount Barclay Rejoices Over Health Center Groundbreaking

Monrovia — For the first time in the 50-year history of Mount Barclay a community that is situated less than 10km from Monrovia the Capitol of Liberia a Health Center is expected to be constructed in that area. On Wednesday a ground breaking Ceremony was held in the community for the construction of a 13 bedroom hospital to be funded by the Liberian government.

The construction of the health center if achieved will alleviate the difficulties faced by residents of a community and environs who are compelled to travel forty to forty-five minutes to have access the nearest health center.

According to Madam Eltha Wion a resident of the area, Mount Barclay a community in the Township of Johnsonville has for so long suffered from the lack of a health center and people of that area are being subjected to traveling over forty minutes especially pregnant women to seek medication.

Madam one said: "This community has a population of over 15 thousand residents. This issue about health center for this community has been an issue that we have yearned for so long.

At some point in the past women of this community undertook a self-help project initiative to construct a mini-health center, but it was not successful because we never had the money to do so, standing here today witnessing a groundbreaking ceremony for this identical project, I am happy and we as women and residents of this community are grateful to the Government especially the Representative of this district Mr. Sekou Kanneh."

The project valued over seventy-eight thousand United states dollars (US$ 78,000.00) according to the Superintendent of Montserrado County Madam Florence Brady is among 34 other projects undertaken by the government of Liberia in Montserrado County.

She also told residents of the area that the construction of a health center in that community is not a decision made by her office or that of the Representative but rather a decision of residents of that community and called on them to give the project the necessary cooperation.

The Montserrado County Superintendent though, did not say how but said she hopes the project will create short and long term jobs for Liberians especially young people of that community.

Also speaking at the ground breaking ceremony, Representative Sekou Kanneh (UP-District #2 Montserrado County) said residents of the area that the money to be used for the construction of the clinic is their portion of Montserrado County Social development fund allocated in the past budget by the Legislature and Executive Branches of government.

Kanneh said: "I am happy today, we are about to undertake this project. The delay of this project has cost me many accusations and insults from residents and non-residents of the district whom I do not hold responsible, but the system where bureaucracy instituted by some past government officials caused the hindrance.

Before today people said all kinds of orthodox things about me, some said I have personalized the money, but let me say to you today that it is not possible for one man to eat money allotted by government for the Citizens and I am happy that we are starting this project."

The District #2 Representative also cautioned the contractors undertaking the project to demonstrate excellence and professionalism in the discharge of their duties and called on residents of the area to give the contractors that needed collaboration.

The project is being implemented by the Milton Roberts and Son Construction firm a Liberian owned company which, according to the leadership won the bidding process.

Meanwhile, at the ceremony also graced by Internal Affairs Minister and acting chair of the cabinet in the absence of President Sirleaf thanked members of the County Caucus and the superintendent for the level of cooperation and collaboration exhibited since her appointment by the President.

Florence Brady was appointed by President Sirleaf as Superintendent of Montserrado County after a vote of no confidence was passed in former Superintendent Grace Kpaan by the plenary of the House of Representatives as a result of a conflict between Madam Kpaan and the than caucus chair Representative Edward Forh in the famous 'You-Eat-I-Eat' saga.

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