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We’re dying from dust!

Residents of the densely populated Forestry Development Authority (FDA) community in Lower Montserrado County appeal to government to pave the road leading to their community, lamenting that they are suffocating from dust.

They made the appeal recently in an interview with reporters outside Monrovia.The unpaved road leading to White Plain, Harrisburg, Louisianan and other areas outside Monrovia had never been given facelift by previous administrations.

A spokesperson for the community, Jenkins Q. Johnson explains their children are the main victims of the dust as they walk the route to their various school campuses.

He observes that children of the community leave home properly dressed for the school, but when they returned, their uniforms are dirty, like they came from the farm.

According to him, the authority had assured them of plan to t pave the route, but since the dry season started, nothing is being done to arrest the situation and save their children from getting sick.
He adds that most of the homes are engulfed by dust, including the zincs which color has changed due to the present situation.

Mr. Johnson, who commended the Government of Liberia (GOL) for upgrading condition of the route, also craves for the Ministry of Public Works’ intervention in resolving the dust crisis.

The FDA community has a population of over 50,000 inhabitants most of whom do not have vehicles to take them to work and take their children to school and back.

Meanwhile, speaking at a local intellectual center recently, the Minister of Public Works Mobutu Vlah Nyenpan, asks Liberian to exercise patience as the government strives to provided modern roads for its citizens, who elected President George Manneh Weah to the presidency.
In a related development, residents of the FDA community also appeal to the FDA Management for close working relationship in addressing the road condition.

By Emmanuel Mondaye -Editing by Jonathan Browne

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