Thursday, June 20, 2013 10:58
Work To Halt Erosion In Buchanan Begins Soon
Story by By Alva M. Wolokolie
In the wake of the many calls by residents of Buchanan, Grand Bassa ounty appealing to both the government of Liberia and some local and international NGOs to help prevent the sea erosion that is furiously eroding the coastal city of Buchanan, Senate Pro-Tempore Gbehzohngar Findley has disclosed that construction work to prevent the sea erosion in that Port City is expected to begin next month.
The incident of sea erosion in Buchanan stems as far back as 2006 when a torrential rainfall wiped away several houses. County officials have been doing everything possible to ensure that the sea does not wash away the remaining houses that residents are presently occupying while others feel that the calls to save the city have fallen on deaf ears.
But yesterday at his regular press briefing held at the Capitol Building, Senate Pro-Tempore Gbehzohngar Findley told Legislative reporters that the frightening long-talked-about sea erosion that has vehemently threatened and destroyed structures located along the coastal stretch on Atlantic Street in Buchanan has come to a conclusion. He said the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) including other relevant agencies have given the assurance to county officials that work will commence effective next month.
Though Sen. Findley did not reveal the actual cost of the project but experts who toured the affected area and the presentation of the county's plight to the House Committee on Lands, Mines and Energy in June 2011, unveiled a damage-control package of over US$2million needed to tackle the gradual catastrophe which is still deeply eating the soil of the county and at the same time destroying homes.
“UNDP has the funds. They have put out tender for crush rock and equipment to commence the work on the sea erosion in the Port City of Buchanan,” Senate Pro-Tempore Findley told legislative reporters yesterday.
Commenting on other matters emerging from the Senate, Pro-Tempore Findley openly told reporters that the issue with Monrovia Acting City Mayor Mary Broh and the Liberian Senate has come to an end. Sen. Findley indicated that the Senate has taken a decision to forgive Madam Broh and revoke its vote of no confidence taken against her few weeks ago.
He explained that apology is good enough for the Senate but he wants the public to know that forgiveness is not weakness because the Senate has an oversight responsibility which he believes was fittingly exercised.