By: Ayeason Yeeba (Intern)
To rehabilitate less fortunate people commonly referred to as ‘ZOGOS’ in Liberia, Montserrado County Senator Abraham Darius Dillon, has broken ground to renovate a rehabilitation center.
Renovation work on the facilities which is depleted is expected to last for about three months, Senator Dillon noted.
Speaking during the ceremony Friday May 15, 2020 at the project site in Cooper’s farm Rehab Community outside of Monrovia, Senator Dillon noted that the project is in fulfillment of his promise made during the 2018 senatorial Bi-election in Montserrado county.
The Montserrado county Senator lauded the Friends of Dillon for believing in him to do the project, “when I went to America under the friends of Dillon institution in the various state we visited they raised about 16,000 United States dollars and entrusted me with this project, we least this property for 10 years and pay five years already.”
Senator Dillon further named Clinic, Recreation center, Dormitories, Training center and Two Mini chapels one of which will be for Muslim and other for Christian to worship their God.
Dillon indicated that, the project is positive and it will be positive for disadvantage Liberian and the country at large, noting that the project is a pilot project.
The facility which currently has seven bedrooms will be expanded to 11 bedrooms, furnished with state of the art equipment will cost around sixty thousand United States Dollars. “The current condition of this place will cost us over 60.000 USD.” Dillon noted.
Asked as to whether the project will be sustain if he is not senator, Dillon said, the project is for the people and not a Dillon’s project .
“This is the people’s project, is not Darius Dillon or Senator Dillon’s office project. I simply happens to be the driver, if am not driving this vehicle tomorrow, somebody else will drive it. It is being funded by the people’s money, not through government system” Senator Dillon asserted.
The Montserrado County Senator commended the people of the county, registering, that winning Montserrado without giving the people any rice or money was only by the doings of God and the people themselves.
“To win this county ‘Montserrado county’ with no money in your pockets, it must be the doing of God and the people trust in you” He said.
Making remarks on behalf of the community, the Chairman of the Cooper’s Farm, Rehab Community, David Cooper, lauded Senator Dillon for the steps taken and hope that the center will help rehabilitates disadvantage Liberians and reunite them with the society once again.
The chairman noted that, from time in memorial the facilities had been a humanitarian site, adding that his grandfather used the site to trained and educate people from diverse background, some of whom are meaningful in society today.
Also speaking, at the groundbreaking ceremony, was the head of the project, Mr. Horace Nagbe, who referred to the Senator as the holiest politician he has ever seen in the Liberian Senate.
He said when completed, less fortunate Liberians for the first time will have a place to call their home.
However, Senator Dillon said his first priority will focused on females, especially those ones with babies who feed and sleep with their babies in the opened.
He thanked all the institutions involved in feeding disadvantage Liberians or ‘ZOGOS’ saying that they too are part of many Liberians and foreign partners who are thinking in similar direction.
The Montserrado County Senator is at the same time calling for a collective effort, noting, that until that is done there remains a pending national security threat to the country.