By: Staff Writer
A renowned son of District Number 4 and political aspirant in person of Prof. Dr. Emmanuel K. Urey Yarkpawolo, over the weekend continued his community engagement within the district.
Flanked by the district Coordinator of the Dr. Urey Yarkpawolo Foundation for Development, Mr. Joshua T. Gbarnah and scores of supporters on his one-day trip, Dr. Urey Yarkpawolo had interactions with hundreds of motorcyclists and Community Watch Forum (CWF) members in electoral district 4, in Bong County.
Dr. Urey Yarkpawolo interaction was predicated upon an invitation extended to him by the leadership of the CWF.
Dr. Urey Yarkpawolo and his team arrived in the populated town of Gbarnga-Siaquelleh under a downpour of rain. He made a brief stop and spoke with scores of motorcyclists. Dr. Urey Yarkpawolo told the motorcyclists that he conducted research on the causes of motorcycles’ accidents in Monrovia in 2011. This was his master thesis topic. The Professor, who teaches Political Ecology and Environmental Science, told the attentive motorcyclists that the number one cause of motorcycle accidents was “the lack of larger motor vehicles’ drivers to detect motorcycles in traffic. The number two reason was the lack of proper training and attitudes of motorcyclists, and the number three reason was the inability of police officers to enforce traffic laws.
The Representative Aspirant, who is championing the issue of integrity at the National Legislature, informed the motorcyclists that once he is elected, one thing he will work on will be soliciting support to carry on adequate awareness among larger vehicle drivers on the presence of motorcyclists in the traffic. He also advised motorcyclists to behave properly and think of driving motorcycles as a form of business.
“How long do you want to ride motorcycles”? It is a risky business, and you need to be thinking about doing this business temporarily and transitioning to other businesses that are less risky. You are young but at 50 or more years, you will not be interested in riding motorcycle”, Prof. Urey Yarkpawolo cautioned the motorcyclists. “But as your representative, comes 2023, we will change the narrative”, Prof. Urey Yarkpawolo encouraged the motorcyclists.
For their part, the motorcyclists expressed support for the representative bid of Dr. Urey Yarkpawolo and promised to work with him to ensure his election comes 2023. They thanked him for providing tools and food to support road maintenance in the district.