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Officers assigned at the Gbarnga Regional Hub in Bong County are abandoning their assignments due to food shortage at the Hub.

Our correspondent says on Thursday, 28 March, scores of Border Patrol Unit (BPU) officers including the Police Support Unit (PSU) of the Liberia National Police (LNP) took appeals to eminent business people and authorities in Gbarnga to beg for food and other needs.

The officers were led by the commander of the Hub, Jackson Pah.Officers at the Gbarnga Regional Hub speaking to a team of journalists recently in Gbarnga,

Two of the officers Emmanuel K. Weah and Harris Tokpah told reporters in Gbarnga recently of the shortage of food, electricity, safe drinking water and security materials.
They complain of major factors undermining their operations in the central region.

When contacted in Monrovia Monday, 1 April, Police Spokesman Moses Carter says the regional Hub in Gbarnga had just been supplied with 100 bags of rice ahead of this paper’s inquiry with him for a comment.

Mr. Carter admits that the entire police force has logistical issues, but he notes that those problems are being addressed gradually, including the case at the Gbarnga Regional Hub.

The Gbarnga Regional Hub was established lately in 2014, under the administration of ex- President Ellen Johnson – Sirleaf as part of efforts to provide maximum security for inhabitants of Bong, Lofa and Nimba Counties.

The Hub which is presently accommodating the state securities, is managed by TogbahGowee and is gradually declining since his narrow ascendancy as manager after the death of the Hub’s former manager, Hezekiah Siakor.

Report says, upon the inauguration of President George Manneh Weah, the securities’ hub has been faced with several challenges in Bong County.

Emmanuel K. Weah and Harries Tokpah also states that they lack security materials in order to safeguard the Regional Hub and citizens of Bong County and its environs.

The officers used the occasion to call on the government of Liberia to assist officers at the regional Hub with food to improve their welfare as members of the security sector.
The officers appeal that if government wants safety to be provided for Liberians, securities must be given the necessary materials for the overall improvement of the security sector in the Country.

“When we came newly, we used to eat three times a day, but it has drastically dropped to one. And secondly, we do not have food presently on the compound since the past one and the half month,’’ Emmanuel K. Weah laments.

Earlier, the Gbarnga Regional Hub Manager TogbahGowee had promised to address the press in the soonest possible time when he was contacted by our correspondent on the issue.
TogbahGowee says he needs to schedule time to officially respond.
By Joseph Titus Yekeryan in Bong –Edited by Winston W. Parley

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