(First Published June 2015)
By D Kaihennneh Sengbeh/Freelance Journalist
“They are sitting down and doing no intervention on this road,” he complained. By the middle of July if nothing is done at all, this whole Bardnersville road will cut from the rest of Monrovia,” the middle-aged citizen, riding on a motorbike along with this writer from Bardnersville Junction to Bardnersvile Estate, angrily lamented Wednesday evening (June 17, 2015).
By the time we arrived at our destinations, our trousers’ legs were already soiled as a result of the many pot holes filled with water that even the world’s best motorcyclist cannot escape.
While the just-come William Gyude Moore and his engineers might be restlessly working on revamping roads and bridges leading to the southeastern region for the hosting of this year’s Independence Day celebration (July 26), which is under only five weeks from now (at the writing of this article), his ability to adequately manage the country’s cumbersome infrastructure challenge is on the line in Montserrado — more especially in Gardnersville, Bardnersville, Johnsonville and Dixville.
The World Bank Group (WBG) has announced US$650 million as additional support to Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone for the next 12 to 18 months to help them recover from the impact of the Ebola crisis.
“What kind of trouble is this?” he complained. “This is not time to fix roads; it should be done at night,” he menacingly added, though an opposed equal response would follow by a fellow passenger, a female. “People like you will never be satisfied,” a she countered. “When the people work, you vex; when they not work, you vex. Your give the people chance to do their work because we want good roads.”
President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has challenged public officials to either perform their duties and responsibilities in the interest of the state or quit public service.
She said during the last three years of her administration, she will leave no stone unturned to ensure that her government realizes its goals, adding, “as such any public official, irrespective of who it may be, will be dismissed from public service if he or she fails to perform to expectation.”
According to the Liberia News Agency, President Sirleaf proffered the challenge Thursday (Jan 15) at a program marking the induction into office of Justice Minister Benedict F. Sannoh at the Ministry of Justice in Monrovia. Continue reading “Ellen Sounds Dismissal Caveat”
The United Nations development Programme (UNDP) has helped the Liberian government pay thousands of Ebola workers. Over $1 million dollars in cash payments were distributed across the country in January alone.
The workers were hired at the height of the crisis to help run treatment centers, help communities prevent transmission and track people that have had contact with victims. Many worked tirelessly without pay for months as the country struggled to cope with the epidemic. Continue reading “UNDP Helps Pay Ebola Workers In Liberia”
He mustered courage and strength in his old ailing muscles and stood to greet and welcome the visiting team into his house. He had never before seen such a delegation of his professional colleagues at his house. He felt it was very appropriate to wake up and greet them.
“No, no, you don’t have to do that,” the head of the delegation advised empathically. “We understand your situation; just sit down.” The ailing old man returned to his sunken wooden seat, where he now spends bulk of his days—in a zinc shack house—listening to radio broadcast and following national issues.