The Minister of Mines and Energy calls on residents of New Kru Town, Bushrod Island not to be discouraged of sea erosion because the Government of Liberia is doing all it can to stop the erosion.
Minister Gesler E. Murray urges residents of the borough to corporate with the technical team that is trying to prevent the sea erosion there by taking ownership of the project because it belongs to them.
Speaking to journalists on Monday, October 1, at the D. Twe Memorial High School, he also calls on the residents to stop mining sand from the beach because it is dangerous for them.
Minister Murray explains the Coastal Defense Project is intended to prevent sea erosion, adding they have deposited rocks to stop the erosion from carrying the D. Twe High School because few months ago, sea erosion was damaging houses in the community.
The Assistant Country Director of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) Dorsla Fararthy says UNDP is aware of the environmental problem Liberia is faced with and it has been working with the Government of Liberia and key stakeholders to address the problem.
She details that UNDP is in partnership with the government to try to mobilize funding to have the problem resolved, adding that all across the country, there are hot spots relative to coastal erosion and D. Twe School is just one of those areas.
He says their job as a development partner is to work with government to see how some of these issues can be resolved.A Geologist from the Ministry of Mines and Energy, E. Tenesee Wilson, recalls that since the project started in June, there has been great progress, and lot of houses have been saved from erosion.
By Bridgett Milton–Editing by Jonathan Browne