29 May 2016

Liberia: Krutown Youths Plan Anti-Erosion March - As Other Municipal Groups Pledged to Join

Monrovia — Liberia's land space continue to be threaten by persistence sea erosions victimizing densely populated slum communities along the coast, including New Krutown and West Point in Monrovia and elsewhere in Grand Bassa, Sinoe and Grand Cape Mount Counties.

The havoc caused on the residents of these coastal slump communities has moved the residents in the Borough New Kru Town on the Bushrod Island to a decision to peacefully protest to the Liberian government and traditional partners with intention to ensure that their plights are addressed.

In an effort to claim attention of government and Liberia's international partners, the New Krutown residents have planned to massively turnout in the streets ofMonrovia from their respective slum closets early next week to express their frustrations over the flooding of major streets in the Borough.

Our reporter who lives in the community has said hundreds of inhabitants of the Borough have already begun to sign in for the protest march, and are expressing their commitments, support and participation in the peaceful protest that is intended to petition members of the House of Representatives and the Liberian Senate.

Besides, the residents have also planned to continue their peaceful protest journey to the Executive Mansion, the seat of the Liberian presidency and onward to several embassies near Monrovia to raise their concerns to the world on the danger sea erosion has subjected them to in their slum communities.

In recent weeks, sea erosion has intensified and is sweeping away many homes thereby making hundreds of residents homeless as well as destroying major government facilities, including the famous D. Twe High School in New Kru Town.

Speaking on the waves of erosion attacks on the community of New Kru Town, President of Federation of Borough Youth (FOBY) Inc., Mr. Augustine Nagbe, said residents of the community can no longer remain silent on the current threats by sea erosion to their survival as occupants of the Borough.

The FOBY President indicated that because of this threat, FOBY has decided to organize the peaceful protest that is expected to pull over 10,000 persons from New Kru Town, a densely populated slum at the outskirt of Monrovia, and other areas the sea erosion has affected.

Nagbe said this will showcase their plight to the Liberian government and other nations and may be the basis for assistance and/or remedy.

Participants of the peaceful protest, he said, are expected to gather in the morning hours on Broad Street in central Monrovia on the set day, and will match to the targeted areas to have their petition read and presented to both the Liberian government and partners through their respective Embassies.

The petition, he further said, would be presented to Liberia's traditional friends in the comity of nations, especially the United States of America (USA) and China among others.

He said there have been several calls from the people of the Borough through its local leadership including Montserrado County District #16 lawmaker, Dr. Edward Forh for the government and its international partners to come to the aid of that slum community and its people, but the calls have fallen on deaf ears.

According to Nagbe, the protest will be 100% civil and peaceful to ensure that residents of the Borough of New Krutown are ready to seek public support and genuine assistance from stakeholders and partners of Liberia.

The Borough of New Krutown stretches from St. Paul River Bridge to the overhead Bong Mines Bridge and train track on the Free Port Duala road.

This parcel of land area plays host to several private and public facilities, including but not limited to D. Twe high school, the Redemption hospital, the Liberia Electricity Cooperation (LEC) sub-power plant, the St Mary Catholic School and Beer Factory among others.

"This is Liberia only municipality, not just that it also host many public facilities that benefit the people of this Borough and other Liberians," Nagbe said.

He added that D. Twe high, the only higher public institution in the area, produces prominent individuals in the country, while the Redemption Hospital has been highly contributory to the health sector by providing healthcare services not only to residents of New Krutown, but to others from every part of Liberia.

Nagbe also expressed the need to protect the LEC sub-station that also supplies power to other areas.

The Borough youth leader said it will be a total shame on the part of government if the country's only Borough that hosts many government and private facilities that are impacting lives and stimulating the economy to be allowed to be swept away by sea erosion without any action.

The sea erosion recently made thousands of Liberians homeless not only in the New Kru Town, but also the Township of West Point, the city of Buchanan in Grand Bassa County and Grand Cape Mount County.

Accordingly, this natural disaster continues to posed threat to the lives of Liberians living along the coastal line; something every coastal dweller in the country wants government to address.

Several community chairpersons of the twenty-five communities in the Borough expressed willingness to join the struggle in saving the coastal communities of Liberia.

He told this paper that the protest has been planned in consultation with major stakeholders in the Borough, including Governor Alice B. Weah and Rep. Edward S. Forh of District #16, Montserrado County.


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