West Point To Get Emergency Coastal Defense

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Courtesy: Julius Konton

The Government of Liberia is said to be initiating emergency response mechanism to urgently address the aggressive sea erosion that is gradually eating up the Township of West Point in Monrovia.

Currently, relevant government line ministries and agencies including the Ministry of Public Works, Environmental Protection Agency, National Disaster Management Agency and Ministry of Mines and Energy are working on technical details to urgently begin the commencement of the project.

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The emergency coastal defense force project upon full completion will save thousands of residents in the township from being made homeless.

Speaking Monday during a tour of the project site, President Dr. George Manneh Weah encouraged the technical people to work on fast modalities for the smooth implementation of the project.

In a happy mood, the residents of West Point commended president Weah for his timely initiative geared toward saving their homes from erosion.

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According to them, the initiative is the first of its kind and will help them greatly.

The densely populated township of West Point is experiencing several challenges including poor sanitation, extreme poverty, lack of latrine, safe drinking water, among others.

However, the township is benefiting from electricity supply as its major source of survival depends on fishing.

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It can be recalled that the former administration of President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf built homes in Brewerville, near Monrovia to relocate some residents who were affected by erosion.

Currently, several homes and structures in the Township have been washed away as a result of sea erosion. However, the current intervention from the government will help address the situation.

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