National Patriotic Party (NPP) senatorial aspirant Saah Richard Gbollie has assured citizens of Margibi County that there will be no secrecy in the management of the County’s Development and Social Funds if he is elected Senator on Saturday, December 20.
The NPP candidate told hundreds of supporters that the citizens of the county are not feeling the impact of the CDF and SDF from China Union and other companies owing to secrecy among the county leadership. He said he would immediately tackle this problem upon his election to the Senate.
The former Margibi lawmaker said he would also seek a review of the Firestone concession agreement to further improve the livelihood of citizens and residents of the county.
“Where is your US$1m from China Union? You won’t know because there are a lot of secrets going on, but when you elect me, you will know about all your money,” Mr. Gbollie said.
He gave the assurance on Monday when he was invited by the leadership and members of the Elders Itayee Center and the Forum for Intellectual Discussion Itayee Center, located in Harbel Market on the Firestone Plantation.
The 2011 defeated Senatorial candidate also assured the people of Margibi of sustainable development, good health, women’s empowerment and human resource capacity building.
“Vote for me for proper representation, accountability and leadership,” the former Margibi lawmaker said.
In the Margibi County senatorial race, Mr. Gbollie and 12 other candidates are contesting for the lone seat, occupied by incumbent Senator Clarice Jah.
The head of the secretariat of Saah Gbollie’s campaign team, Ebenezer Wilson, said his candidate’s senate race is based upon his past records.
According to Mr. Wilson, nationally, from 2006 to 2012, Mr. Gbollie was credited as the lead lawmaker for the Security Sector Reform process for leading major reforms in the Liberian Security Sector thru the crafting and sponsoring of key legislative instruments, including the New Defense Law.
He said that Mr. Gbollie became known among his peers as forceful and a floor fighter in his stance on national issues.
“At the District and County level, he supported and is still supporting scholarship, tuition aid and youth exposure schemes. He built a medical facility and constructed modern bus stops along the Harbel – 15 gate routes to shelter commuters waiting for commercial vehicles. He also facilitated broad based Economic Empowerment Initiative for his constituents,” Mr. Wilson said.
“Rep. Gbollie used his oversight to advocate for reform in Firestone; something which saw direct benefits to the people of Firestone thru quality medical service, education and improved housing for employees and dependants of the Firestone.”
He added: “
Harbel Multilateral received direct support from the Renegotiated Firestone Agreement because of the argument proffered by Gbollie and his peers and for the first time in 80 years, Firestone runs a functional and well equipped high school; second to none in the Republic.”
A female supporter, Ruth Nah, said: “We have followed SRG (as he is affectionately called) and those things he did never happened through natural means, because as the man in whose district these things became visible, he had to make laws, represent his people and use his oversight responsibility for their protection and benefit. That he did and that I am sure he will do more if given the chance by the people of Margibi County this year.”
Meanwhile, prior to Mr. Gbollie becoming a lawmaker, he served as senior police personnel during the regime of former President Charles Taylor. He was one of Taylor’s leading generals who participated in the civil war.