Says residents depend on her for developmental agenda
Vice President Jewel Howard-Taylor has challenged the newly appointed superintendent of Bong County to be the sole custodian of the life of the citizens because they all depend on her, a release from her office has said.
VP Taylor also reaffirmed her commitment to work with the new county administration to ensure that whatever good the government intends for the country, the county will have her equal and appropriate share to develop itself.
According to the release, VP Taylor made the statement recently in Gbarnga at a program marking the induction ceremony of the Superintendent, Esther Walker, who is the county’s third successive female superintendent. She replaces Selena Polson Mappy.
“Over the next few years, we will continue to work together to lift not only Bong County, but the whole of Liberia,” VP Taylor said.
She then called on Supt. Walker to administer the affairs of the county and its people with special care by providing a level playing field for inclusive governance.
Supt. Walker acknowledged that the locals deserve a better life, assuring them of a cordial working relationship to improve the county.
“Indeed, our people deserve a better life; a life that will make them feel part of our country,” Walker said in her remark.
“Our people are not slaves and must not be treated as such. They must be respected, for they are all that we have,” she told her audience while thanking President George Weah for appointing her to serve her people.
Madam Walker noted that she would shortly embark on a county reconciliation drive that will bring together traditional leaders, past and present county officials, civil society actors, religious community, women and youth groups.
House Deputy Speaker, Representative Prince Moye of the county, assured Supt. Walker of the Bong Legislative Caucus’ willingness to work with the office of the Vice President to ensure that the county is developed.
Moye called on everyone in the county to forget the political past and chart a new course for development. He assured Supt. Walker of the caucus’ support to her leadership for the overall good of the county.
The induction ceremony was attended by Internal Affairs Minister, Varney Sirleaf; the chairperson of National Council of Chiefs and Elders of Liberia, Zanzar Kawor; former superintendent, Selena Polson Mappy; members of the Bong County Legislative Caucus and scores of citizens including women, youth, and traditional leaders.