Lofa River Bridge
Women Barricade Lofa River Bridge
By D. Ignatius Roberts, Grand Cape Mount County Correspondent
ROBERTSPORT, Feb 25 (LINA) - Over 500 women from Grand Cape Mount and Gbarpolu Counties have barricaded the Lofa River Bridge, to pressurize Government to rehabilitate the Lofa River Bridge which is reportedly on the verge of collapse.
The women, most of whom are farmers, marketers and ordinary businesswomen, said it was regrettable that the only bridge that links the two Counties (Grand Cape Mount and Gbarpolu), is on the verge of collapse, and that the government is not doing anything to rehabilitate it, despite many pleas.
Appealing to the striking women of Grand Cape Mount and Gbarpolu Counties, to call off their strike action, the Assistant Superintendent for Development of Grand Cape Mount County, Madam Tenneh Kpedebah urged the women to exercise patience, as government was prepared to address their demands.
Madam Kpedebah who failed to convince the striking women, appealed to them to abandon their strike action and give government some time to look into their demand.
But, speaking earlier in an interview with the Liberia News Agency in the area Tuesday, the spokesperson of the Women, Madam Massa Gola said the road block will remain in place until authorities at the Ministry of Public Works begin rehabilitation work on the bridge.
She said, as a true manifestation of their determination to continue the road block on the bridge, women of the two counties have mobilized to change shift on a daily basis, to replace women who stay on duty at a given time.
Madam Gola indicated that that their road block protest, which is in its second day, is necessary, because they are tired running behind officials of the two counties to complain about the bridge, even though they themselves ply the road and know its condition.
According to Madam Gola, the condition of the bridge is worse than a death trap, noting that it is incumbent upon the Liberian Government to recondition it now, so as to save people in that part of the country from being cut-off from the rest of the country.