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If Liberia is Getting Better, Why are Outlying Counties’ Capitals Still Undeveloped?

first_imgA week ago, I travelled to Robertsport, the capital of Grand Cape Mount – located in western part of the country, to assess its tourism potential.My expectations of Robertsport were high. I expected to see improved infrastructure, even socially and economically, since my last visit there three years ago.However, things turned out to be the opposite. Although the city has a huge potential for tourism, which still remains largely untouched or undeveloped, nothing has changed in terms of infrastructure and social and economic development.My first depression came about when the taxi I was in turned off the paved road leading to the Liberia-Sierra Leone border, and started on the road to my destination, which was unpaved and muddy.Though the country has not fully entered the rainy season, during which most of the roads are in a deplorable state, the one leading to Robertsport has started to disintegrate, and will get worse during the rainy season.Despite the rough ride to the city, when I arrived, I was delighted to experience the beauty of Robertsport and its undeveloped tourist spots, which still has lots to offer visitors.I took a canoe ride over Lake Piso, saw the bay mouth of the lake connecting the Atlantic Ocean, visited historical sites, and the famous Massatin Island,, home to monkeys and different bird species.Nevertheless, the happiness was short lived as the city is still undeveloped, and still the way it was during my previous visit there. The city’s infrastructure is old, most buildings with tourism potential lie in ruins, there are no recreation centers or parks, and day or night, the city is dead.Once a beautiful place before the civil war, Robertsport can only boast of having one bank, without an ATM, no restaurants, no supermarkets, not even an internet café. There is also no electricity.The only hotel in town is very expensive, though it lacks a bar, gym or spa.In addition, the city is filthy, as heaps of rubbish surrounds it; and worst of all, the city has a very poor internet connection; you even have to walk up a hill to get mobile internet connection.Meanwhile, Robertsport’s fishery industry has not improved; it remained stagnant like the way I left it years back. Also, half of the communities are covered in bushes, as if to say ‘nobody lives around here.’Moreover, since the city’s infrastructure has not improved, the economic wellbeing of the people looks worse than people in the Monrovia. Although the people appear happy, they are materially poor. Very Poor! Socially, the 21st century youth of Robertsport are living like it’s the 20th century.Sadly, Robertsport is not the only city facing this challenge; Tubmanburg, Bopolu, Greenville, Cestos City and Barclayville, just to name a few, fall into this same category. They are lagging behind in everything; and it is sad to say that people are still living like in the 19th and 20th centuries.The bushes surrounding half of the city’s paved roadShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more


first_imgDonegal Gardai are seeking a European Arrest Warrant for the brother of double-killer John Gallagher.John GallagherIt follows a complaint by John Gallagher that his brother tried to ram him in his car on August 16th last in Lifford. The issues arise out of a family dispute between the men going back over a number of years.John Gallagher appeared at Strabane Court this morning charged with harassing his brother Donal.However solicitor Oliver Roche outlined the case and said his client had made a complaint against his brother Donal.He also revealed that John Gallagher also went to Gardai to complain that his brother Donal had smashed his windscreen.Judge Nigel Broderick was told that a European Arrest Warrant for Donal Gallagher, who lives in Strabane, is now being sought by Gardai.Donal Gallagher is expected to appear at Strabane Court tomorrow as a witness in the case of harassment against his brother.A previous court sitting heard how it is alleged that John Gallagher pulled up outside Donal Gallagher’s workplace and made the shape of a gun with his fingers.DONEGAL GARDAI SEEK EUROPEAN ARREST WARRANT FOR DOUBLE-KILLER’S BROTHER was last modified: October 10th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Donal GallagherDOUBLE KILLERJohn GallagherLiffordstrabanelast_img read more