Several Yekepa Communities Lack Safe Drinking Water

first_imgSeveral communities in Yekepa are currently facing an acute shortage of safe drinking water, compelling the residents to fetch their drinking water from the jungle.The Daily Observer, on a tour of some of the camps in Yekepa, including areas N, L, O and others, discovered that these communities are facing severe water problems which they claim have been brought to the attention of the Arcelor Mittal  Management.Eric Yarwiah, a resident of area “L” in Yekepa, said, “We fetch our water from the spring right down in the valley because we are not benefiting from water provided by Mittal.”“We do not have even a hand pump within this community and continue to get drinking water from the spring in the jungle down the valley,” he added.When this reporter visited areas “L and N, people were seen getting water from the valley, about a 20 minute trek away somewhere around area “P.”Most of those seen at the spring drawing water were children of area residents.“My name is Theresa. I lived around area “O” and I come here daily to get our water because we do not have a well or pump around us,” a 12 year-old girl told our reporter.Yekepa is getting crowded, with people coming from across Liberia seeking for jobs and better living conditions.Some citizens expressed frustration over the failure of Mittal to provide them with safe drinking water or even electricity during the night.“We need electricity in our homes and this is absent. But Mittal is yet to install one light pole for street lights during the night. We are so surprised at the way they are separating us from their workers,” said Mary Bangura, resident of area “P”.Presently, Yekepa is divided into two, with workers of Mittal living in some of the camps already renovated with pipe borne water and 24-hour   electricity.But, the rest of the camps are yet to benefit from any of these amenities, forcing many of the neglected communities to get drinking water from the spring.When contacted the public relations officer of Mittal, Mr. Jerry Mwagbe, said the company only provides water to where they have their workers.Most of the areas in Yekepa are yet to be renovated almost 10 years after Mittal took over operations of Liberia’s leading iron ore deposit in Nimba.The renovated camps where Mittal workers are living have been barricaded with wire fences and presently the company is issuing ID cards to all occupants to distinguish them from non-workers.  However, according to the public relations officer, the fencing was intended to maintain security and monitor random movement.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Teen charged for 2 counts of armed robbery

first_imgA teenager was released on $100,000 bail after being slapped with two counts of robberies under arms charges earlier this week.Eighteen- year old Tishan Welcom, of Hadfield Street, Wortmanville, denied that on October 17, 2018 at Cornhill Street, Georgetown, while being in the company of others and armed with a knife; he robbed Bisnauth Narine of a Samsung cellphone valued $90,000 and also $20,000.Another charge stated that on the same day at the same location, while being in the company of others, he robbed Kiren Persaud of one Samsung S8 phone valued at $190,000 and $90,000. However, the teen denied both charges.Police Prosecutor Rorrel Thornhill objected to bail, citing the seriousness of the offence and the fact that personal violence was used on both victims.However, the prosecution is contention that on October 17 about 18:20h, Bisnauth Narine and his cousin, Kiren Persaud, were in the vicinity of Cornhill Street, Georgetown when the teen and his accomplices pounced on them with a knife and demanded that they handed over their valuables.Following the robbery, a report was made at the Brickdam Police Station and an investigation was carried. The defendant was later arrest with the knife in his waist and according to Police, he was positively identified by the victims.Magistrate Fabayo Azore released the teen on $50,000 bail for each charge. The case will continue on November 28.last_img read more