Since the end of the Christmas and New Year break, public schools in River Cess have not reopened, as some teachers in the county are demanding the payment of five-month salary arrears they say the government owes them.
A group of women from Maryland, Sinoe, Grand Kru, and River Cess have announced their resolve to establish a sub-regional advocacy platform for women’s rights to customary land. They note that there is growing marginalization of women’s rights to land by local leaders despite the passage of the Land Rights Act.
Churchemah Wesseh and other fisherwomen of Wesseh Town have seen their livelihood threatened since miners began arriving here on the Cestos River with huge dredges five years ago. This fisherwomen’s town is gradually being drowned into poverty. The same struggle ripples across other towns on the banks of the river in the Central River Cess district.
Local government officials in River Cess find themselves at the center of a brewing scandal. The officials are implicated in the double sales of scrap metals removed from the old Timbo River Bridge in the county.
Reports of rampaging forest buffalos are emanating from Weagar Town, River Cess, where the animals have destroyed numerous farms in the town and are causing farmers and surrounding villagers to abandon their farms and homes.
Despite the completion of reconstruction work on the Timbo River Bridge between River Cess and Grand Bassa, the road to the southeast remains nearly impassible due to its poor condition.
Six gunmen stormed the Yarpah Town Police Station on Saturday morning and took away a motorcycle and a cell phone worth US$300, according to police.
Marie Zoegoe, superintendent of the River Cess’ chapter of the Liberia Marketing Association, has been suspended for 30 days alongside her deputy Luke Blodyu, who runs the Yarpah Town Market.