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Angry citizens of Maryland County Electoral District#2 have frowned on Speaker Bhofal Chambers, who is their representative, for failing to complete projects initiated in the county.

The projects include market and school buildings, among others. Marketers at the Pleebo district small market, students and others want the Speaker to complete projects he started in the district.

Speaking to this paper over the weekend, they said Speaker Chambers began these projects during the 2017 election, having earlier served the district under former President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf thus, the long-serving Representative ever in the history of the County.

According them, despite his long-term service, the Pleebo Sodoken District Lawmaker is yet to complete three of his projects identified since 2017. They added that since Speaker Chambers’ election for third term, he has always visited the county but his last visit there during the December senatorial by-election, he was overwhelmingly welcomed with the hope that he would have addressed their concerns.

But during his visit, Chambers made huge cash donations, including food items, medical supplies and sanitary materials without mentioning any intention of completing the projects he has embarked upon.

According to the aggrieved citizens, while in the county last year, the Speaker toured several towns, villages and held meetings with them, rather focusing on need to revisit the Concession Agreement with the Cavalla Rubber Cooperation (CRC) and the Maryland Oil Palm Plantation (MOPP).

They disclosed the incomplete projects are Speaker Chambers’ Legislative Projects that were funded during the previous regime, but came to standstill in 2017, due to his constant attacks on the then administration.

Responding to the allegation, the constituency coordinator in the Office of the Speaker Robert P. Weah said, Chambers hasn’t abandoned the projects, adding that plans underway to ensure they are completed and dedicated. Mr. Weah said about US$36, 000 is being earmarked for completion of those projects.

Patrick N. Mensah, Maryland County–Editing by Jonathan Browne

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