Residents of Weala District in Margibi County, through Representative Emmanuel Nouquoi, have written the House of Representatives to assist the district with US$50,000 to combat the uncontrollable flood currently affecting the district.
The residents furthered indicated that approval of the amount in the 2010/2011 fiscal budget will help them (residents) complete the scientific analysis of the flood.
The communication, addressed to plenary dated July 7, 2010 read yesterday, July 13, 2010 during the regular session of the House indicated that the citizens of Cinta and Borlorla townships complained of pollution of the Wea River by the Salala Rubber Corporation.
They alleged that the waste water from the company emptied into the Wea River, making the water unsafe for usage by the inhabitants of the district.
“On the other hand, the Salala Rubber Corporation contends that the waste water from its factory, which empties into the Wea River, is cleaner than Wea itself,” the letter furthered explained.
” The Salala Rubber Corporation further contends that it has done overseas scientific analysis of the water and the results show that the waste water from the factory was cleaner than the Wea River”, the letter noted.
According to them, they have written the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and that the EPA has gotten involved with the matter with deep concerns.
The residents, in the letter, also noted that the EPA has conducted more analysis of the water to establish the facts but added that it (EPA) needed funding from central government to do further analysis on some of the parameters that cannot be locally analyzed, as it was done in the case of Firestone Liberia sometimes ago.
Following the reading, the communication was strongly resisted by Montserrado County Rep. Koukou Dorbor on grounds that several counties have suffered from problems of such nature.
She stressed that the first branch of government was not a revenue-generating institution to support such cause, adding that every county has development funds to undertake such project.
Her argument was defeated by Reps. Edwin Snowe of Montserrado and Emmanuel Nuoquoi of Margibi Counties that the county development funds were inaccessible to the county officials.
They both stressed that the situation of Weala was urgent and needed rapid action. Meanwhile, plenary has forwarded the communication to committee room for advice.