Maryland County Representative Bhofal Chambers
Chambers wants Pres. Sirleaf Talk In Liberia/Ivory Coast Border Closure
By: Winnie Dixon
MONROVIA, August 23 (LINA) - Maryland County Representative Bhofal Chambers has called on President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to use her “international charm” to ensure Liberia is not economically strangulated by the closure of the ports and borders of neighboring countries.
He lamented that the closure of the Ivorian border is leading to a scarcity of some basic commodities in the Southeast as well as a serious reduction in economic activities in Pleebo and other areas that are heavily reliant on cross-border trade.
Chambers, who spoke to the Liberia News Agency on Saturday via telephone, raised specific concerns regarding the closure of the Ivory Coast border and airport and seaport of Ghana as having the greatest impact on Liberia.
He said even a partial re-opening of the Liberia-Ivory Coast border to consider only those counties without Ebola cases, namely Maryland and Grand Gedeh, would be better since those counties could serve as transit points for goods needed in Southeastern Liberia.
Chambers hoped for the speedy resolution of the Ebola situation to prevent further hardship in Liberia.