The Commissioner of West Point Township, Sampson J. Nyan has urged residents of the densely populated township, which is threatened by serious sea erosion to take advantage of the ongoing relocation process initiated by the government.
“Let’s take advantage of the relocation process that the government is currently carrying on,” he urged. The vulnerable community was also badly hit by Ebola in 2014, which led government to have quarantine the entire township for 42 days, two incubation period of the deadly virus that took the lives of over 4,000 Liberians.
Commissioner Nyan gave the urge in an interview with The NewDawn during the weekend at his office in the township. He said it’s so hard to leave from where one has lived for so many years, but for the sake of preventive measures, he encourages all residents to consider the relocation as a gateway towards their growth.
He disclosed that in 2015, several homes were swept away by sea erosion in West Point, adding that before August 2016 about 5,000 persons were greatly affected, which is actually worrisome for government.
Commissioner Nyan said President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf was informed about the situation and she immediately setup a taskforce to see how best the problem could be mitigated.
The Commissioner added that the President’s intervention led to the relocation of several individuals, who became victims and now the process is ongoing at a new site in Brewerville Community, outside Monrovia, something he described as a milestone for both government and the residents.
Nyan said on the question of sanitation and safe-drinking water, there has been some relief thru a local non-government organization that has provided four descent toilets and few pumps to the new community.
He also emphasized that his administration is working tirelessly with the support of government to ensure every citizen live in peaceful co-existence without being molested by others. he also called on the residents, especially direct victims to exercise patience as the relocation process continues, saying “Let us be patience erosion victims as the relocation process continues.”
By Zee Roberts-Editing by Jonathan Browne