Montserrado County district #9 Representative Mannuh Pelham Youngblood has informed residents of her district that over US$10,000 has been allocated for road construction and other projects in the district.
According to Representative Youngblood, an estimated US$9,000 of the amount has been appropriated to rehabilitate the Fanti Town Road in Old Matadi Estate, while the balance US$1,000 is a leftover of funds that were allotted during the Ebola fight last year, which claimed more than 4,000 Liberians and foreign residents.
The Montserrado County lawmaker made the disclosure over the weekend at an emergency meeting with residents of the Matadi Right Wing Community in Sinkor, Monrovia.
She told the residents the leftover Ebola money will be used to honor and certificate contact tracers, case finders, and all those who worked tirelessly on the district’s Ebola Task Force.
“This money is small; we cannot divide it; neither can we pay people for the work they did during such a critical period; so we have resolved to honor and certificate people so that they will have something to present or remember as their contributions during the Ebola crisis.”
However, Representative Youngblood has clarified that the US$68,000 Bridge linking Matadi to 12th Street is not her personal money but rather money from the Legislative Quick Impact Project.
She said the first segment of the project, which is to connect MatadiEstate to the Frederick Island at a cost of US$37,000, has already been completed, while the second phase which connects to 12th Street will require additional money, and is expected to begin next week.
She explained that the additional cost is intended to erect new pillars as the existing ones have outlived their usefulness. At the same time, the Montserrado County lawmaker has lamented the persistent male dominance in the Liberian society, despite a global campaign to break the gender gap.
In remarks, the Chairman of Matadi Right Wing Community in Matadi Estate, Kollie Kamara, lauded Representative Youngblood for her intervention and clarification, which, he said, has put to rest speculations of funds being misappropriated within the community.
By Ben P Wesee-Edited by Jonathan Browne