By: E. Geedahgar Garsuah
MONROVIA: Kakata City in Margibi County has been effectively overwhelmed by ghettoes, leading many young people to become wayward, according to many residents and some key policymakers.
This situation was over the weekend also affirmed by Senator James Emmanuel Nuquay of Margibi County.
According to Senator Nuquay, the number of ghettos, amounting to 36 in Kakata is primarily responsible for the upsurge of the number of disadvantaged youths, widely known as “zogos” in that part of the country.
The Margibi Senator puts the number of ghettos in Kakata, Margibi’s Capital, at 36 and said they are having harmful influences on the county’s predominately youthful inhabitants.
“In Kakata, we have about 36 ghettos. This is getting out of hand, and we need to do something about this development,” the Senator said.
Senator Nuquay who is the Political Leader of People’s Unification Party (PUP) was the running-mate to former Vice President Joseph Nyuma Boakai during the 2017 Presidential and Legislative elections.
For the crucial 2023 presidential and legislative elections, Senator Nuquay seems to be a supporter for the reelection bid of incumbent President George Manneh Weah.
He stressed the urgent need for policy-makers, a category in which he himself falls to quickly drive mechanisms directed at the rehabilitation process of the youthful population who has succumbed to the use of narcotic and other dangerous drug.
He highlighted the necessity for the National Legislature to apply its oversight responsibility on the proliferation of drugs in the country.
The Margibi County Senator further disclosed that the leadership of Margibi will forward the matter to the Pro-temp of the Liberian Senate, Albert Chie, and House Speaker Bhofal Chambers.
Interestingly, however, Senator Nuquay, for months, served as Speaker of the House of Representatives during ending era of Madam Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf when former House Speaker Alex Tyler was booted out of office by his colleagues.
According to the Margibi Senator, aside the increase in the number of ghettos and the proliferation of drugs in his County, the reconstruction of the CH-Rennie Hospital is major issue central government needs to address.
He indicated that in spite of funds being allocated in the National Budget to underwrite the reconstruction cost of the hospital since it was gutted by fire about two years ago, the hospital still lies in its current state of destruction.
Senator Nuquay: “The people in Margibi need to be assured that their interests are being addressed. There is another issue about the pavement of a road in Kakata, and we will be making a request for pavement because these are things that will determine how our people vote in October.”
The increase of the number of disadvantaged youths across the country due mainly to drugs addiction is a serious topic of discussion across the country, he said.
Several counts of reports have indicated citizens’ strong conviction that the rise in the presence of disadvantaged youths across Liberia is a looming security risk that needs urgent intervention.
Many policymakers and other stakeholders are all of the view that the urgent need to rehabilitate and empower these young people with Technical and Vocational Training Skills (TVET) cannot be overemphasized.