Deputy Speaker Outlines Successes, Challenges in ‘Mid term Report’ to Constituents

Deputy Speaker Cllr. J. Fonati Koffa is presiding in the absence of Speaker Bhofal W. Chambers.

The Deputy Speaker and Grand Kru County District # 2 Representative, Cllr. J. Fonati Koffa has presented his 3rd Annual Report to constituents, cataloging successes and challenges from 2018 – 2020.

The report was presented Tuesday, April 27, 2021, in Barforwin, Lower Bolloh, Dorboh Statutory District. Over 100 constituents in attendance represented the Six Statutory Districts in Grand Kru County District #2, including delegates from the local county authority, the ruling party, and line ministries.

The delegates from each of the Statutory District comprised of Statutory Superintendents, District Commissioners, Women, Youth, and traditional leaders. The six Statutory Districts are Kplio, Buah, Sasstown(Jroah), Jloh, Dorboh, and Forkpoh.

During the first segment of the presentation, Cllr. Koffa displayed 12 indicators where he made interventions in education, healthcare, and support to COVID 19, agriculture, microloan for women, natural disasters, Sports, and Communication Towers.

According to the presentation, over 800 students are benefiting from a full scholarship or financial aid, attending schools in Grand Kru, Maryland, and Montserrado Counties from elementary to higher education (vocational, colleges, and universities).

Among the three elementary schools under construction in three communities;  George T Worjloh Elementary School in Sasstown, the Taybue Elementary School, and the Chemgbettee Elementary School in Chemgbetee, only the Chemgbetee Elementary School has been completed. And also, over 50 schools in the six Statutory Districts have benefited from renovation packages.

In an effort to support the healthcare system, the Deputy Speaker provided a 45KVA generator and 5KVA generator to the Rally Town Referral Hospital in Grandcess and the Domo Nimene Hospital in Sasstown respectively along with fuel and food items. The lawmaker also mentioned his contribution towards the renovation of more than 25 health centers and provided essential medicines. 

During the COVID 19 pandemic, the report said the Deputy Speaker was the architect of the establishment of the Grand Kru County COVID 19 Technical Team and was the highest funder, as well as contributed hugely to awareness and sensitization against COVID 19 to promote the Presidential directive, and health advice to develop a regime of safety and precaution including what is now referred to as social distancing. The Grand Kru County lawmaker also provided food and non-food items during the pandemic.

The report also highlighted contributions to farmers with the provision of farming tools and  support to subsustence farming in Grand Kru County District #2, including the Plantain and Vegetable farms for Rabasco T. Chie.

Rep. Koffa informed his constituents that in the last three years serving as chairman of the Judiciary, he carried critical legal expertise to the Legislature and worked on several landmark pieces of Legislations; most notably the Domestic Violence Act of 2019 which had lingered in the Legislature for over six years. This act provides protection for women, men, and children against sexual-based violence.

The Deputy Speaker reported that over L$3m was distributed in microloan to the women in Doeswen and Barforwin, and more than L$300,000 was expended during natural disasters, especially flood and storm victims in Barclayvile.  For the first time in 37 years, over 6,000 residents of Forkpoh Parluken were able to communicate to their families, love ones, and friends have benefitted from a communication tower. The installation came through the instrumentality of the Grand Kru County District#2 Representative.

Besides lobbying for the site of Parluken, the Deputy Speaker spent over US$9,000 to transport the team of the Liberia Telecommunication Authority and K-net for assessment visit. Also, serving as Chairman of the Steering Sports and Mobilization Committees, the Deputy Speaker is the single highest funder and supporter of the Grand Kru County football team, which led to the claiming the trophy during the 2019/2020 National County Sports Meet.

The lifting of the trophy of the football edition by Grand Kru is the first time in over 35 years. Touching on the international front, the Deputy Speaker said: “We were pleased to be invited to join H.E. Dr. George Manneh Weah for an ECOWAS extraordinary session in Niamey, Niger. We were also pleased to be invited by his Excellency to join him in France for the Paris Peace Conference and to Dubai for the 5th Annual Global Business Forum for Africa.

“We were also pleased to be appointed to the delegation to attend the 74th  United Nations General Assembly and to also travel to Washington DC to lobby with the United States Congress on behalf of the Republic of Liberia. During all of these trips, we were able to develop important networks that we believe will yield fruit to our district and county in the future,” added the Deputy Speaker.

As for challenges, the Grand Kru County lawmaker among other things named the global financial crisis and bad roads. Meanwhile, in his prospects for the remaining three years, the Deputy Speaker said he would focus on communication network, education, health and roads.

To ensure students in the hinter part of the District get familiar with taking computerized tests or electronic type written tests and graduate from taking tests from the chalkboard and writing answers on copybooks sheets, Representative Koffa said he will provide five photocopier machines and sheets of solar plates to provide power (electricity) as well as stationeries to be distributed in Forkpoh Dweken, Bolloh Jlateken, Jloh Betu and Nifu and also Dorboh Barforwin respectively.

In furtherance to education, the Deputy Speaker has committed himself to complete the  George T Worjloh Elementary School in Sasstown, the Taybue Elementary School and increase the volunteer teachers to 100 to provide monthly stipends.
In the area of health, the Deputy Speaker committed to singlehandedly fund the operations of the Bolloh Doeswen and Buah Jlateken Clinics, providing monthly fuel to the Buah Health Center and contribute to the renovation of health centers across the District.

As for road, especially in Dorboh Statutory District, the Deputy Speaker has committed to rehabilitating the roads, and would install a communication network in Dweken.


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