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Vice President Theresa Dorkor Montserrado County Electoral Distrist#17 Representative William Dakiel, has come under serious criticism from market women for doing very little for the district.

Market women of Jah Tondo Town in Brewerville outside Monrovia expressed serious disappointed in Representative Dakiel, whom they said, has failed the people. Speaking to this paper over the weekend in Brewerville, the vice president for the Jah Tondo market women, Mrs. Theresa Dorkor, who sells potato greens for survival, said Representative Dakiel had promised them to build a market building in the district, but they are yet to see him.

According to her, they are currently squatting on someone’s land to sell and paying 1,800 Liberian Dollars rental per table to sell on the spot. Madam Dorkor said there is no public toilet in the market so they are constrained to run in the bushes to attend to nature, while there are no garbage cans in the market.

She said since representatives from the Liberia Marketing Association or LMA visited the Jah Tondo Market in November 2015and promised to have provided garbage cans to enable them keep the market tidy, the LMA is yet to fulfill the promise.

Another marketer, Madam Irene Sheriff said, there is no safe drinking water in the entire Jah Tondo community due to lack of hand pump, and wells there are not up to standard.  Madam Sheriff disclosed there are two public schools in the community, are not up to high school, and the administrators of those schools usually request money from students.

The people of Jah Tondo Town also complained of poor health facilities, noting that there is no government clinic in the community, and private clinics there are expensive. According to them, during the Ebola crisis, whenever they called Rep. Dakiel to help them respond to an emergency case, he always told them he was busy and never showed up until the patient or person dies before he went there with one bag of rice and US$40 dollars to sympathize with the bereaved family or community.

The NewDawn was not however immediately able to contact Representative Dakiel for comments on these allegations.

By Ethel A. Tweh-Edited by Jonathan Browne

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