Citizens of Gbarzon District, Grand Gedeh County have appealed to the Government of the Republic of Liberia to help improve their living conditions by quickly intervening in the areas of road, education and communication.
The people of Gbarzon made this plead Thursday when Information Minister Hon. Lewis Brown visited Jarwondee, the administrative center of the district, as part of his development impact assessment tour of five counties. Residents of Jarwondee told the Information boss that the only school accessible to youths of the district is an elementary school, which is grossly understaffed. “If you don’t have the hand to send your child to school to Zleh Town or Zwedru after 6th Grade, that child will get married or leave the district for good.” They explained.
The citizens said they have been completely isolated from the rest of the country due to the lack of roads and communication towers in the district. It was revealed that there are logging companies operating in the Gbarzon forest who have reneged on a prior agreement to rehabilitate the road connecting that part of Grand Gedeh county with River Cess County — a route, according to locals, that reduces the Grand Gedeh-Monrovia journey to a mere 4hour drive.
Calls in Gbarzon District are made from specific locations with faint GSM signals. The spokesperson of the people of Gbarzon during the hour-long interaction with Min. Brown said their lives would be a lot better if there were communication towers in the district. “We want to be in contact with our people in other places but we can’t do so unless there is a communication tower here.” They noted.
Minister Brown assured Gbarzon citizens of Government of Liberia’s commitment to improve the living condition of everyone and pledged to be the one to “blow” their “trumpet”. He told them that President Sirleaf is concerned about their well being and she will take serious measures to address the challenges they face. “Your Superintendent [Mr. Peter Solo] is a fighter. I will work with him to fight on your behalf so you can have good roads, and your children can go to school here. We know how important these things are…” The Information boss assured them.
While in Jarwondee, Minister Lewis Brown inspected a newly constructed $84,000 bridge, an “ongoing” $78,000 District Administration Building and toured a historic Presidential Resident in which Late President William R. Tolbert, Jr spent a night in 1976.