A Liberian entrepreneur in Tappita, Lower Nimba County, has said he has adequately prepared himself to contest the 2017 representative seat for the County Electoral District #9 currently being occupied by Rep. Ricks Toweh.
Rep. Toweh was elected to the post during the general and presidential elections in 2011 on the ticket of the National Union for Democratic Progress (NUDP).
In an interview with this newspaper yesterday when Mr. Josephus Menwoe Paye, Sr., walked into our McDonald Street office in Monrovia, he has said he had gained the support of the business community as well as the youth population of the district and many other organizations including the ones headed by elders and women.
“I am being motivated to contest the seat come 2017 because I have the political will to deliver the people of Tappita, who over the years have been denied their rightful place with respect to achieving the needed development,” Mr. Paye stated.
He said he will not only contest for the seat, but will win and lead the people by introducing important bills in the National Legislature for the benefit of the people.
Mr. Paye, now in his 40s, graduated from the St. Martin’s High School in Gbarnga, Bong County, in 1992. He subsequently returned to Nimba where he says he has been contributing meaningfully to the development of Lower Nimba County, particularly in Tappita City.
He has worked with various organizations including serving as district field officer for Nimba Women’s Development Association (NIWODA), a local NGO, which implemented a micro-finance project for the American Refugee Committee (ARC). He has worked as a social advocate, a volunteer community worker, and a business-minded person since 1993, says Paye.
He is the proprietor and chief executive officer of the Yeawoe Trading Center, an entity that operates a 13-bedroom City View Motel and the TapAqua Mineral Water, two of the leading businesses in the district.
Mr. Paye said his decision to run stems from his desire to see Tappita District transformed through politics, which will require the bottom to the top approach in decision-making that affects the lives of the people positively.
Transformation, he believes, has to do with changing social habits that negatively affect the residents, providing opportunities for pursuing and achieving academic excellence, vocational and professional training that will give the residents access to employment opportunities and upholding values that promote unity in diversity.
Mr. Paye also promises economic transformation by which he would explore the private and public sectors to encourage involvement in agro-industries because of the vast forest land with which the district is endowed.