Senator Stephen J.H Zargo says the people of Lofa County are very disappointed in President Sirleaf’s Annual Message, which ignored her earlier promise to pave roads in the county.
Senator Zargo, who represents the opposition Liberty Party, said Madam Sirleaf received huge votes from the people of Lofa during the 2011 Presidential election, but they are dissatisfied with her leadership.
Speaking on the President’s Annual Message, he said, his perspective is based on the “crippling effects of the Deadly Ebola Virus and the lessons it has taught us as Liberians.”
Senator Zargo noted that Ebola has no boundary and has affected the entire country, but by the grace of God, the virus could not wipe off everyone from the face of the earth.
He narrated that the Ebola virus brought a serious deficit in a very important sector of the state structure – health system, economic sector, private sector and others.
“In the past years we believed that the health system was in a good condition with the infusion of the international community but in the President’s message, she said there was much desired to be done by the institution of the state”, he recalled.
He said the Liberty Party along with other Liberians proposed to the government to concert with governments of the two other affected countries, to temporarily close their respective borders to notice the few cases that were noticed and to also bring deterrence mechanism at major borders to avoid unobstructed movements of people and goods.
He noted that engaging international partners with relevant skills to collaborate with the Government in dealing with the disease and embarking on a community base approach was also a proposal.
Senator Zargo said the Liberty Party on its own effort made contribution to care giver institutions and other initial Ebola situation, providing a cash of US$10,000, the party did not stop there as its eminent partisan and ex-standard bearer, Cllr. Charles W. Brumskine was involved with seven counties, and donated 700,000 Liberian Dollars to support local efforts in procuring anti-Ebola materials.
“We thank all international partners who heard our cries, echoed by President Sirleaf and came to our rescue”, the Lofa County Senator added.
He thanked Montserrado County Representative Saah Joseph, who headed the First Respond Group and went beyond duty in providing physical and material support, and also thanked Dr. Jerry Brown of ELWA Hospital for his level of innovation to help save lives.
Senator Zargo said the Ebola virus will be a thing of the past and survivals of affected families will find peace and overcome the trauma they now endure.
By Rewina Juduh