Grand Bassa Forging Ahead

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Grand Bassa County Superintendent J. Levi Demah said his administration will not leave any stone unturned when it comes to the issue of undertaking new development projects across the county.

Supt. Demah highlighted the construction of the new campus of the Grand Bassa Community College, the completion of the Liberia Opportunities Industrial Center (LOIC) vocational training center, the Buchanan City Hall, the County Service Center (CSC), as well as improvements to the Coastal Defense Project, among others, as projects being undertaken by his administration.

The improvement of the Buchanan Seaport, which now operates 24-7, he said, has augmented the status of the county as a revenue generating hub for the country.

Supt. Demah expressed satisfaction with the level of development that is currently going on in the county, noting, “Development comes when people work in one accord.”

“All of what we are now seeing in Bassa is as a result of the willingness of the Bassa people to embrace development and work collectively,” he said.

Supt. Demah made the comments on Monday when a team of Executive Mansion reporters toured major development projects in the county.

“With the level of cordiality that currently exists in the country, more development projects will be initiated to better the lives of the people,” the Superintendent said.

“I’m very happy about what is happening in this county. We are really forging ahead now.” He added that the community college will indeed become the pride of the country when all of the relevant pieces are put together.

Demah said the LOIC center, where scores of young people are currently enrolled, is serving as the center of empowerment for the young people of Grand Bassa and adjacent counties, namely, Margibi, Sinoe and River Cess.

The students are being trained in seven disciplines that include masonry, welding, home arts, tailoring, carpentry, engineering and electricity. LOIC training is an 18 month program.

Demah said the enrollment level at the center and the seriousness of the students to learn clearly indicates that vocational education will make a difference in the county.

The center was built with funding from the county’s social development funds, the Superintendent said, though he didn’t disclose the amount. He praised the president of the Grand Bassa Community College, Dr. Levi Zangai, for his level of leadership that is shaping the college in the right direction. He lauded President Sirleaf for the supports, which he said are making Bassa better.

The team of journalists also toured the Port of Buchanan where Port Manager Patrick M. Konneh indicated that the port is now on the right trajectory, being fully operational seven days a week and a 24-hour pilot service following the installation of a Pilot Aid Navigation System. The cost of the navigation aids is being put at about US$200,000.

Manager Konneh said as a result of 24-7 operations time, the Buchanan port is experiencing an increase in vessel traffic, which is economically beneficial because there is an increase in revenue generation through tariffs and taxes, as well as royalties.

The increase in service at the port is also making the port competitive through timely berthing of vessels, full utilization of all berths and berthing opportunities, and reduction in vessel idle time during berths.

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