By Alexander Musa (Grand Bassa County Correspondent)
As the rainy season is intensifying, citizens of Geegbahn in Grand Bassa District two are calling on Central Government to help recondition and construct some damaged bridges connecting the district and the rest of the county.
Speaking to this paper recently in the county, the Commissioner of Geegbahn, John Garduor Tarr says the lack of road is causing serious problem for the thirty thousand inhabitants of the 365 Towns and villages in Geegbahn.
Commissioner Tarr lamented that because there is no good road, the prices of things had gone sky high causing difficulties for the survival and sustainability of Liberians living in that part of Grand Bassa county.
“We are finding it very hard in this place, like for now we are buying a gallon of gasoline $650 and in some places and $700 Liberian Dollars,” Tarr added.
Tarr also said the prices of bathing and watching soaps had gone up (bathing soap from LD 40-60&70) and watching soap from LD 20-LD40) because the business people too paid a lot of money to transport their goods on motorbikes to Geegbahn.
For their parts, women’s and children of Geegbahn cautioned the CDC led government to put the interest of the Liberians first.
Speaking on behalf of the women, Madam Julia Dehkpa of Molon’s Town, Geegbahn, stressed they are suffering in that part of the country and need government’s quick intervention as they are currently buying one small fish 50LD, vita LD20, salt LD100.
She further indicated that Representative Mary Monceemar Karwor has seen the need and has undertaken the construction of the road but can’t do it alone because there are major bridges on the road to be constructed and the lawmaker actually needs help from partners to fast track the work.
Also commenting on the road issue, Rep Karwor said the Ministry of Public Works helped in the construction of one of the major bridges but there is another one to be constructed which is the biggest bridge, but US$500,000 is the cost of the bridge project. She said all can’t be done by her as individual. The lawmaker disclosed that she spending US$21,000.00 monthly on the road and it is about time that meaningful citizens and central government help as the road is nearing completion.
In another development, the people of Geegbahn are appealing to the Grand Bassa County Health Team and the Ministry of Health to provide them a Health center as a result of untimely deaths due to the lack of Clinic/ Health Center.
They told this paper that pregnant women died through child birth because of the distances they walk to access healthcare in Lower Bong County. They explained that citizens walk 4-8 hours to go to hospital in Ferntree, Bong County.
Meanwhile Commissioner John Garduor Tarr confirmed the lack of Health Services in Geegbahn, District two, Grand Bassa County.
He said a pregnant woman died recently in the district after the Men of Molon’s town carried the lady in a hammer to the Ferntree Health Center in Bong County.
The lady died because the guys have to walk for five hours before reaching to the clinic.
“So, let me add my voice to the voices of the women, men and children of this environment and plead with our health authorities in this county and the country at large to please help us,” he said.
He concluded by saying that Representative Mary Karwor Constructed ten bed rooms house to be used for clinical purposes but the building is yet to be equipped with health materials and drugs.