By: Anthony Q. Jiffan, Jr.
The Deputy Registrar of the Cooperative Development Agency (CDA), Madam Regina Sokan-Teah Williams, lamenting the lack of logistical support, says it has been difficult for the agency to fulfill its mandate due to the challenges facing it.
Madam Williams said the agency the problem has not enable the CDA to assign a single person to the entire Southeastern region and one each in the rest of the other counties.
Speaking to the Analyst recently, the CDA deputy registrar indicated that the agency which is responsible to accredit and certify cooperatives and farmers in the country and also work towards enhancing food production lacks logistics.
She is therefore calling on national government to equip the institution logistically with additional vehicles and other essential equipment to enhance the smooth operation and the performance of its duties.
She said the staffs at the Cooperative Development Agency are efficient and passionate to doing their jobs, and are willing to help Liberians feed themselves in the nearby future, but working tools and mobility have being a major constraint confronting the institution.
She also disclosed that the CDA is working with hundreds of cooperatives in five counties namely; Lofa, Bong, Nimba, Gbarpolu and Grand Cape Mount Counties.
“We will shortly extend our services to the southeast to certificate three cooperative groups in Grand Gedeh and Maryland Counties, so we are moving forward with our work despite the logistical challenge”, Madam Williams stated.
According to Madam Williams, when she took over the CDA, there was not much attention given to its activities; but due to President George Weah’s interest to promote roads connectivity and agricultural advancement throughout the country, the authorities of the CDA are also prepare to showcase their performance.
At the same time, she urged every Liberian to get involve with agricultural activities and ensure that Liberians can feed themselves through their active engagement into farming.