Rep. Cole identifies with storm victims in Bong
Jorquelleh District #3 Rep. Josiah Marvin Cole has donated 100 bundles of zinc to Gbarnga City Corporation for onward distribution to victims of recent violent storm disaster in the County.
Recently, a storm disaster destroyed several houses and left several others homeless in Gbarnga and its surroundings. The storm also removed the roof of the government – run John Flomo Bakalu Elementary and Junior High School, Dolokelen Gboveh High School, St Peter High School, and Nathaniel Varney Massaquoi High School, among others.
The storm also damaged some Churches in the county and some advertising sign boards planted by businesses for commercial purposes. The donation from the office of the Lawmaker also included a drum of fuel a cash of US$500.00 to the Gbarnga City Cooperation.
Speaking in an interview with this paper after the donation, Rep. Cole stated that his work at the Legislature is to ensure that citizens of his district and the County are satisfied.
He adds that once he is a representative at the Liberian Legislature, developments will continue to intensify in Bong County. According to him, 75 percent of those that were victimized in the process do not have the means of renovating their houses, stating that he decided to help them in the process as a lawmaker.
He said the donation is just an initial contribution, promising that he is lobbying with Vice President Jewel Howard – Taylor, Deputy Speaker Prince K. Moye and the Liberia National Disaster Management Team to ensure that those that were victimized by the storm can be given compensation from government.
In response, the beneficiaries of the donation extended commendations to the Rep. Cole and promised to use the materials for their intended purpose.
“We will never forget about what Hon. Cole has done for us. Even if I get ten sheets of the zinc, I will put it over the room that is in use then I’ll be looking for money to work [on the] other rooms,” Kwata Gbarmee, a widow who has three children joyfully told our Bong County correspondent.
She said her only concentration is to go in the bush to live and make farm, adding: “I had no hope to live in the city because I had nowhere to get money for inc.”
“For me I am very happy and I don’t know what to do. Seeing our lawmaker donating such number of zinc, I don’t just know what to say but only thank you,” Alexander Vakpalee, one of the beneficiaries told this paper.
By Joseph Titus Yekeryan in Bong County–Edited by Winston W. Parley