If controversy surrounding settlement of boundary between Lofa and Bong Counties is not set in the middle of St. Paul River as suggested by officials of the two counties, it is certain that boundary dispute will erupt in the area any time soon, the Daily Observer has gathered.
Accordingly, Gbarpolu County Senators Armah Zolu Jallah and Daniel Flomo Naatehn have called on the Senate’s Committees on Judiciary, Human Rights, Claims and Petitions, and Internal Affairs, Reconciliation and Governance to consider the middle of St. Paul River as boundary between the two counties.
In their recent communication addressed to the joint committee, Senators Jallah and Naatehn said as deliberations continue on a Bill seeking to create Bong Range as a county within Bong County, “it is important to consider the middle of St Paul River as boundary with Gbarpolu County so as to put to rest the long standing boundary dispute between the two counties.”
Gbarpolu (established 2001) is one of Liberia’s political sub-divisions, with Bopulu serving as the county capital — an area measuring 9,689 square kilometers.
The two Senators recalled that the boundary between Bong and Gbarpolu (formerly a statutory district in Lofa County) was declared by the late President William V. S. Tubman in 1964, and transformed the provinces to counties, and the Act creating Gbarpolu County of recent.
The two Gbarpolu Senators confirmed a long standing dispute between the two counties which, according to them, the case is yet to be resolved by authorities at the Ministry of Internal Affairs.
It can be recalled that Bong County Senator Henry Yallah, recently introduced a bill seeking to create Bong Range as a county in central Liberia.
According to the Bill, the geographic area, which is commonly known as Lower Bong and yet to be known as Bong Range County, comprises Yellequelleh, Sanoyea, Salala, and Fuamah Districts; five Chiefdoms, 20 Clans; and has approximately 200,000 inhabitants and a land space of 3,920 square miles.
The boundary description, as contained in the Bill, shows that the desired Bong Range County, will be separated and bound on the South by Nyanfur River, running downstream bordering Margibi County; on the Southeast with the existing boundary with Gbarpolu County, and on the East and Northeast with Grand Bassa County and on the North with Bong County.
Sen. Yallah said that the journey that is nearing realization started as far back as the regime of now jailed former President Charles Taylor, and paid special tribute to late former Representative of Bong, Martin Kerkulah and some Paramount chiefs.