…Due to undignified and poor conditions of service
One of the longest serving female clan chiefs in Nimba County, Madam Julie Y. Freeman of Duo Clan, Gbi Chiefdom, Gbi and Dorlu Administrative District, has called for early retirement after 27 years in the position.
Madam Freeman told the Daily Observer in Ganta, the county commercial hub, how she was now tired walking on foot covering long distances in the district, where the condition of the roads remain deplorable.
“I am tired and want to the government to retire me, so I can go and rest,” Madam Freeman said.
According to her, all the road networks connecting one town to the other are far apart requiring one to walk at least for six to 11 hours to reach a particular destination to hold development meetings or to settle some civil dispute.
Madam Freeman complained of lack of logistics, not limited to a motor bike that would take her from one end to the other as a way of dignifying local functionaries. She spoke of similar situations were there was no office space for her sit and then settle clan related matters.
“We usually sit outside of my private home to look into matters brought before the clan. I think is is ridiculous because it has reduced me to public laughter for so long and is about time the government retires me,” she said.
Gbi and Dorlu is one of the remotest districts in Nimba, where the residents have threatened to seek incorporation into River Cess County, because they feel their people have been politically marginalized by local authorities of Nimba.
A plan, Madam Freeman said, was master-minded by some of the citizens, who felt marginalized, and wanted to seek incorporation into River Cess to benefit from some of the development projects there.
“For me I am in support of leaving Nimba, but we want development in the district to reduce the hardships our people are facing,” she said.
Up to date, the district remains isolated with not even GSM communication facility.