When all the arguments and counterarguments over the relevance of President George Manneh Weah’s adventure into the rural parts of Liberia are settled, irrespective of who wins, there is one fact that is irrefutable: the host communities go blitz with spirited encounters between the rural people on the one hand and national leaders and prominent Liberians they would otherwise not come close to on the other. And, of course, commercial activities boom for a while. Also, an unusual spotlight is placed on the rural people and the harsh situations that they endure, and even the most heart-hardened politician gets softer to see and do something, quickly, for the people. Since early February, the goodies have been going from county to county. This time, the die falls on four counties—Margibi, Grand Bassa, River Cess and Sinoe County—and as the President and entourage arrived in Upper Margibi County Monday, the heavily excited locals took on broad smiles on their faces owing to the fruitful discussions held with the president who assured them he “will not let them down.” The Analyst reports.
It is said that a good leader must always be in touch with his people or subjects. Such is to keep him or her informed of development within the territorial confines of his reign and to know the plights of the diversities of the people that he leads.
Apparently within the spirit of such good leadership culture, President George Manneh Weah since last month, March, launched a nationwide tour that started with Bong and Nimba Counties and took him across the Southeastern region including Grand Gedeh, River-Gee, Maryland and Grand Kru Counties.
The President did not stop there, he embarked on the second leg of the nationwide agenda which covered Western Liberia including Bomi, Gbarpolu and Grand Cape Mount counties.
Knowing that Monrovia is not Liberia with his determination to decentralize the country, the President is continuing his tour to Margibi, Grand Bassa, Rivercess and Sinoe before Lofa and Montserrado.
According to The Analyst’s senior editor and executive travelling with the President on the Phase-3 of his citizens’ engagement tour across Liberia, the Liberian chief executive has been sermonizing with a uniformed message, geared toward thanking them for his election to the presidency and knowing their needs for better acquaintance.
Touching the soil of Margibi, the President encountered seas of locals who drenched the streets and every gathering to grace the president’s visitation with the Liberian leader assuring the people of efforts towards the massive development of the country.
Speaking at the official program at the Kakata City Hall Monday, April 19, 2021, President Weah said the citizens of Margibi County and Liberians in general do deserve the developmental support of the Coalition for Democratic Change-led government.
“Liberia’s problem is not today’s problem; rather it’s a problem of 173 years which we can all solve together once we remain peaceful and united,” the President said.
The Liberian leader’s statement was in response to several requests made by citizens of Margibi County during a series of Town Hall engagements on day one of the third leg of the President’s nationwide tour which landed him in Margibi.
He said: “Today, I am here not to get personal glory, but to say thank you for the confidence you reposed in me amongst many candidates who contested the 2017 elections”.
Amidst huge cheers from the crowd, President Weah indicated that his government is under obligation to deliver on those developmental requests from the people of Margibi County and the country at large.
He said Margibians and Liberians in general deserve better development; a reason he indicated for which he was elected by Liberians.
Expressing regrets over the underdevelopment of Liberia as a nation since its establishment in 1847, he noted that his government will ensure that Liberians get the basic social development needs for which they have longed over several decades on the African Continent.
“I came from the football field to politics, though there were challenges, you still supported us to victory; so I came to this leadership with a set vision for national development and nothing else,” the president declared.
The Liberian leader noted that his election in 2017 was a trial and a test given him by Liberians and he is therefore prepared to deliver once Liberians collectively work together in line with his government’s vision to develop Liberia.
He however boasted about his government’s achievements in three years, emphasizing that the level of work the CDC led government has done surpassed any government three-year achievement in the history of the country.
According to President Weah, his government’s deliverables in the first six year term will create the platform for his second term opportunity so as to continue the CDC led government’s vision for national development across the country.
The Liberian leader has however vowed to light up the Kakata with street lights through solar power.
He added that the solar lights will serve as backup to that of the electricity already being supplied by the Liberia Electricity Corporation (LEC) in the county.
He also promised to support the Margibi County disabled community’s USD 23,000 headquarters project, the construction of a youth center that include a library, and also support the construction of an administrative building in Weala amongst others.
Speaking earlier, several citizens of Margibi County representing various groupings thanked President Weah for his government’s development initiatives throughout Liberia.
The head of the traditional chiefs in the county has announced that the Gibi Mountain which hosts the traditional shrine of that county agreed for president Weah to pay a visit at the peak of it where traditional talks will be held between the Liberian leader and traditional leaders of the county.
The President’s third leg of the President carries the same objective of thanking the people of Liberia for his election and to acquaint himself with the people and development Projects.
Already the president has started receiving an overwhelming welcome treat in Margibi, where he had visited several places and dedicated several developments projects, having hosted a series of town hall meetings based on his itinerary.
Internal Affairs itinerary issued for the President’s visit to Margibi said on April 19, which was Monday, 2021 the President & delegation departed Monrovia at 10:00AM, arrived at BWI Bridge Kakata at 10:45AM and were received by Margibi County Authorities, followed by an hour and a half of a town hall meeting at Nancy B. Doe Stadium from 11:00AM-12:30PM.
By 12:45 noon, the President and entourage were served lunch at the LUNCH at NASSCORP Guest House which lasted up to 1:30PM after which dedication of Water Kiosk in Benda Community behind the Kakata Administrative Building was done at 1:45PM-2:00PM.
According to the Internal Affairs itinerary, the eight-lean modern faucet pump was constructed with funding by the Religious Advisor to the President, Ousman T. Jalloh.