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Ganta City Lacks Safe Drinking Water, Other Facilities
By Ballah M. Kollie, LINA
MONROVIA, July 23 (LINA) – Ganta City Mayor Benjamin Tokpah says the City lacks safe drinking water, public latrines, a food market and a site for the proper disposal of garbage.
He also cited the lack of a building to host city administrators and programs as one of many challenges facing the municipality.
Speaking to the Liberia News Agency in his sick bed at the E.J. Medical Center in Ganta Friday, Tokpah stressed the need for more hand pumps for the provision of safe drinking water as well as public latrine facilities to cater to the needs of the growing population of the city.
He stressed the need for the Ellen Market Project to complete the construction of a modern market facility it halted over a year ago purportedly due to the lack of money.
Tokpah said when the Ellen Market is completed, it will serve majority of marketers in the city, adding, “We are also in pursuit of an additional market facility for those living on the Guinea border side of the city as the distance is very far for everyone to sell and buy
at the Ellen Market.&
According to Tokpah, the city’s only cemetery is also filled and needs to be relocated which, he said, the city government in consultation with the city council is striving to ensure.
Meanwhile, the Ganta City Mayor has indicated that transforming cities across the country requires strong will and commitment to ensure unconditional enforcement of instituted regulations.
He said as in the case of Ganta, the city council was instrumental in passing a legislation that guides the kind of structure that is constructed in certain parts of the city.
According to him, the legislation provided for the construction of standardized quality structures along the main street in the city.
“The admirable outlook of Ganta City is credited to the passage of this legislation,” Tokpah noted.
The Ganta City Mayor wants administrators of other cities across the country to emulate the good examples of dwellers of Ganta in order to transform their individual cities.
He applauded both the business community and property owners for helping to enhance the implementation of the legislation by cooperating in its enforcement.
At the same time, Tokpah has stressed the need for the reconditioning of streets in the city as they have not been rehabilitated over the last five years.
He said reconditioning the roads will make communities more accessible and add value to the city’s outlook.