By Shout-Africa.com Correspondent from Monrovia,Liberia- The Paved Road commenced from the Liberia Electricity Corporation (LEC) compound and ends at Fanti Town in West Point. Residents of West Point, a very densely populated slum community by the famous inland water and the Atlantic Ocean was put into a jubilant mood over the weekend when President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf dedicated a one and a half-mile road constructed by the Ministry of Public Works.
President Sirleaf along with her entourage toured the road to the delight of the residents who said the initiative had brought them much relief in terms of transportation.
The road leads to the vote-rich and politically strategic community has been completely damaged for nearly two decades, with practically no vehicles going through the area but many people who live there have to make due by leaving their vehicles at a distance and walking to the town .
Most of the predominantly youthful residents, including elders and women groups expressed gratitude to the Government under the leadership of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf for the giant step taken in the best interest of the township.
A vast majority of the residents said the importance of the development initiative by President Johnson Sirleaf in their community cannot be overemphasized.
They expressed optimism that Government would go beyond the construction of roads to engage in other ventures like provision of electricity, latrines, literacy program, the overall sanitation of the nearly two-mile stretch of beach land used as latrines, among others in the community.
A member of opposition Congress for Democratic Change(CDC) and Montserrado County District #1 Representative in the Lower House of the National Legislature, Alomiza Mamie Ennos, lauded President Sirleaf for extending her development drive to West Point Community.
Lawmaker Ennos for years, resided in the township of West Point even up to her enrollment in to the Nation’s highest institution of learning, University of Liberia where she graduated from a few years ago.
She disclosed that she stands ready to work with any Government that is development oriented. “If the Unity Party (UP) administration can bring development, I will work with them. Development is not about which party you belong to or which part of the country you come from”. Lawmaker Ennos affirmed amid applauds by the residents.
Rep. Ennos described the West Point road project as milestone for the Government and that the people taxes were being used in the right direction.
She disclosed that early this week, the Ministry of Public Works would begin to construct the side walk of the road while the electrification of the township is pending. It may be recalled that some residents of West Point were disgruntled with the performance of Rep. Ennos, for her lack of developmental initiatives. But with the road project, observers believe she has made-up for her mistakes in the past and is ready to work with the ruling UP-led government to bring needed development to West Point.