Theh Bong County leadership recently turned over brand new Yamaha Motorcycles to each district commissioner of the county in order to enhance their works in the county.
It can be recalled that delegates at the Bong County Development Council, in November 2012, agreed to raise US$65,000 for the procurement of 13 Yamaha motorcycles to be used by district commissioners.
Making the presentation, Bong County Superintendent Selena Polson Mappy, said the motorbikes are intended to further create efficiency in the local governance process of the county.
Madam Mappy said the Motorcycles will be used by the commissioners to effectively execute their functions in their respective districts.
She admonished the commissioners to make maximum use of the motorcycles in serving their people and the country by extension.
“The county through national government has decided to empower district commissioners, by considering the key role you continue to play in the development of the county and ensuring the maintenance of peace and stability in our towns and village,’’ Superintendent Mappy told the commissioners at the turning over ceremony.
The Bong County Chief Administrator told journalists: “Each of the commissioners would enter into an agreement with the county for the maintenance and sustainability of the motorcycles.”
Supt. Polson-Mappy said as government musters efforts to capacitate local leaders through the county development funds, it is the anticipation of the county leadership that the commissioners will make good use of the opportunity.
“Our citizens are appealing to you to help these commissioners to protect the bikes from criminals, because the bikes are the property of the county and we must all work to defend our county’s interest if we are to succeed in our development agenda” Madam Mappy challenged the citizens.
The Bong County Superintendent said though it was earlier discussed in the county sitting to purchase vehicles for the district commissioners but the county does not have the finances to procure the vehicles considering the overwhelming development priorities of the county.
Superintendent Mappy informed the commissioners at the turning over ceremony that there are guidelines as enshrined in the budget law relating to the usage of the social development funds in the county but the leadership of the county was constrained to procure the motorbikes in order to augment their works.
“The funds are basically centered on infrastructural developments but we cannot succeed in infrastructural development when the commissioners are not empowered to help in the working of the local governance system” Superintended Mappy further declared.
“Our county’s resources must also be used to build human capacity and empower these local leaders to sustain our current development path,” the Bong County Superintendent emphasized.
The motorcycles were presented to the commissioners along with helmets, rain boots, rain coats, and three gallons of gasoline per bike as a means of enhancing the transport capabilities of the commissioners to their respective districts.
Receiving the bikes on behalf of the county’s commissioners’ council, the council co-chairman, Commissioner Edward Yarkpawolo of Jorquelleh District thanked the county leadership for the donation and pledged the council’s commitment to closely working with its members for the maintenance of the motorbikes.
Jorquelleh District One commissioner extolled the citizens of the county for the decision to raise the money for the purchase of the bikes for the District Commissioners, and said that the motorbikes would help to alleviate the transportation issues they are (commissioners) faced with in getting to their citizens in remote areas.