Widespread swimming habit among teenagers in the densely populated impoverished township of West Point in Monrovia has claimed the attention of a female child advocate here, warning parents to monitor their kids.
Speaking to reporters on Wednesday, 5 November, Mrs. Comfort Benson Togba, laments that it is very troubling that children of West Point Township are frequently seen in the Atlantic Ocean while their guardians overlook the danger and risk involved.
Many kids have died in Monrovia and other parts of the capital as a result of drowning in the Atlantic Ocean, which bounds the southern coast of Liberia. A campaigner for safe children and safe environment, Mrs. Togba notes that she is working along with the Liberia National Police (LNP) to arrest and send to court both parents and guardians whose child or children are caught swimming in the Atlantic Ocean.
She emphasizes the need for parents and guardians to take responsibility for their children’s wwellbeing, noting that they fail to safeguard their kids, who cannot contain any eventuality that may arise in the event of threat to the lives.
She says most parents in the township are careless about the wellbeing of their children thus, leaving them alone to roam beaches with impunity.According to her, the prosecution of careless parents will not only restrict children, but also serve as a source of revenue for the government, while reminding parents of their obligations to their children.
In a related development, authorities of the Liberia Immigration Service (LIS) and the National Agriculture and Fisheries have deployed their personnel along the Atlantic Ocean to monitor movement of canoes entering the township from fishing and other expeditions.
The personnel are housed under a makeshift shelter covered with tarpaulin, but no electricity supply to help provide lighting to the area, which is about few kilometers away from the West Point Fish Service Center.
By Emmanuel Mondaye–Editing by Jonathan Browne