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|Rep. Sokan-Teah Wants Citizens Educated On Lawmakers’ Role|
|Published on May 29, 2008||Email To Friend Print Version
Montserrado County District #10 Rep., Regina Sokan-Teah, has underscored the need for civil society and the media to help educate citizens on the roles lawmakers.
She observed that the constituents seem to believe that those people representing them at the Legislature are solely responsible for all initiatives at community level, with less input from the residents themselves.
Rep. Sokan-Teah made the observation at her Capitol Building office on Tuesday, when she highlighted progress which the district has made since her ascendancy.
She said while the lawmakers have the obligation to improve the lives of their constituents, the citizens should be educated by the civil society and media that the citizenry need to close rank to ensure development without leaving the burden on the lawmakers alone.
“Our people have not really understood the role of their Representatives, so people just feel that when you are a Representatives you suppose to send the people to school or find daily food for the people…” she noted.
Rep. Sokan-Teah disclosed that her first priority, which was road rehabilitation in the Samuel K. Doe Community, has gone 65% and if completed it would ease traffic congestion on the Somalia Drive.
She lauded the Ministry of Public Works for assisting in the endeavor, noting, “as soon the road came in, Water and Sewer decided to bring in water, backed by their partner Concerned Worldwide and the entire community is now drinking pipe borne water.”
The lawmaker further revealed that plans are underway to undertake a clinic project as well as a public school in the community, while other communities in the district are to also be made assessable including Clara Town, Jamaica Road, the road in Central Free Port and the Terminal Island, which is described as “criminal base.”
In order to combat crimes in the area a parcel of land has been secured for the construction of a police depot on the Freeway.
Rep. Sokan-Teak has at the same time urged the media and civil society organizations to independently monitor the initiatives of lawmakers to ascertain whether they are working in the interest of the people who elected them.
Commenting on the wave of armed robbery and other criminal activities in Monrovia and parts adjacent, she said joblessness and abject poverty are major contributing factors to the imbroglio. She then appealed to Liberians to return to the soil to create self-employment, since the government alone cannot provide jobs for every citizen; writes Lewis K.Glay