10 March 2017

Liberia: Public Works Asked to Help Avoid Disaster

The Commissioner of Garworlohn Township, Williametta Gooding Carlos, has appealed to the Ministry of Public Works to assist the community avoid an impending disaster.

The Garworlohn Township runs from Vai Town, on Bushrod Island, to the Bong Mines Bridge, and includes Siryon Town and Logan Town in Monrovia.

In an interview with the Daily Observer yesterday, Commissioner Carlos said the roof of the former Logan Town Cinema was seriously affected by the March 4 storm that swept through Monrovia and its environs, causing extensive material damages and injuries.

"A large chunk of the roof is presently hanging and threatening to fall on people," Commissioner Carlos said, "and I have been on my feet since the incident but I have not been able to get Public Works to help."

She said police officers at the Logan Town Depot have been cooperative to ensure that no one is hurt when the hanging roof falls.

Commissioner Carlos was seen on the phone frantically pleading with her contacts, including representatives of the Ministry of Public Works, to come to the community's rescue.

Since the storm, she said, "we are thankful to God that the roof is still hanging; and we don't how much longer before it falls if nothing is done to deliberately remove it."

Yesterday, Commissioner Carlos sought the assistance of people living close to the cinema to remove the hanging roof, but an expert informed her that she would need the involvement of the Ministry of Public Works.

"This is to ensure that no one suffers any injury; therefore, the Ministry of Public Works can best help remove the roof," she said, "and so we are appealing to the ministry to come help us today."

She noted that since the incident occurred, all her efforts to contact officials at the Ministry of Public Works have not been successful, "because the Minister has always been in a meeting."

She said she is hopeful that through her appeal in the media, Minister Gyude Moore would respond by sending technicians to remove the hanging roof, "because in the end it is human lives that would be involved and Liberia cannot afford to lose innocent lives when the situation can be prevented."

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