Bo Waterside Town Chief Zuannan Cole is alarming here that more has to be done to enhance security at three recognized and legal crossing points along the Liberia-Sierra Leone borders.Speaking over the weekend in Grand Cape Mount County, Western Liberia, Mr. Cole alarmed that there are 53 illegal crossing points between Liberia and Sierra Leone, and only three recognized crossing points.
According to him there is lack of manpower in term of security in that part of the country as the ECOWAS Protocol seeks to enhance trade and economic activities.He notes that there are only two police officers in that area, but they do not have means of transportation.
The local authority says this causing the criminal rate to be on the increase there. He laments that the entire Grand Cape Mount County has only one police car assigned to convey officers. He also complains of the lack of electricity as a social factor among several problems there.
Residents on both the Liberian side of the border and Sierra Leonean side have spoken out at the occasion.
The residents called for the need to increase security, the provision of logistics, respect for the rights of citizens and the prevention of corruption at the border.
By Bridgett Milton–Edited by Winston W. Parley