Former Education Minister, Dr. Joseph Korto, who unsuccessfully contested the 2005 general and presidential elections, on the ticket of the Liberian Equal Rights Party, has released the platform for his senatorial run in Nimba County.
Dr. Joseph D.Z. Korto made the statement on Thursday when he walked into the Benson/McDonald streets office of the Daily Observer newspaper in Monrovia.
He is this time around contesting the Senate seat on the ticket of the National Democratic Coalition, whose motto is, “Let Us Build Our Nation.”
According to him, the core of his campaign message surrounds the development, unity and above all, the educational advancement of the county, where the various institutions of learning will produce the needed caliber of scholars, who upon graduation, will become viable on the job market.
“I hold as a vision, with true commitment, to bring leadership that will enhance ethnic, social and political unity, among other things for the good of the people of Nimba.”
Based on his life-time philosophy, which he described as radicalism, Dr. Korto stated that he sees himself as “radical in that I desire development and unity as exemplified by my past activities in the county. I am overly confident that I will emerge victorious come December 16, 2004.”
“I will equally ensure execution of the needed development and human service programs, and promote good local governance, he asserted with a broad smile.
His idea is to make Nimba County a place where Nimbaians from all walks of life will be proud to call a home.
It was during Dr. Korto’s regime as District Education Officer in the 1980s that the present offices of the county’s education system in Sanniquellie were constructed.
Prior to being relieved of his post as Minister of Education, R.L. in 2008, Dr. Korto introduced education decentralization, which led to the emergence of community colleges in five of the 15 counties.
“We need to address the progress in the county on a collective level, but with a responsible leadership, which should emphasize the development of the road network, revamping the healthcare delivery system and quality education.”
According to him, unless our lawmakers, one of whom I am poised to become, come December 16, should provide collective leadership with extreme sincerity, the county will go nowhere.
The Nimba County senatorial seat is also being contested by the incumbent, Prince Yealue Johnson (PYJ), whose name remains a household word in the county.
Apart from Dr. Korto, Senator Johnson is being challenged by a well-versed lawyer, Cllr. Yarmie Quiqui-Gbeisay, Sr., the managing partner of the Monrovia-based TIALA Law and Associates. Others are the ‘very vocal’ former Superintendent of the county, Edith Leanue Gongloe-Weh, Mr. Peter Weato, who manages the privately-owned Zoe-Geh Medical Center, and the erstwhile Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL) Chief of Staff (COS), Lt/Gen. John L. Teah.