The death is announced of former Agriculture Minister Scott Gblorzuo Toweh, which sad event occurred over the weekend in the United States of America, following a period of illness.
Mr. Toweh served as Minister of Agriculture during the regime of Head of State Samuel K. Doe.
Mr. Toweh was a staunch member of the defunct Liberia Action Party (LAP), one of the two leading political parties that participated in the 1985 presidential and general elections. Those elections were widely believed to have been won by LAP and its standard bearer, Jackson Fiah Doe of Nimba County, but they were horribly rigged by Samuel Doe and his Elections Commissioner Emmet Harmon, giving the victory to Samuel K. Doe and his National Democratic Party of Liberia (NDPL).
In 2005, Scott Toweh attempted to run as a presidential candidate during that year’s presidential and general elections, the first since the end of the civil war, on the ticket of the National Democratic party of Liberia (NDPL). But the party instead chose as its standard bearer Counselor Winston Tubman, who lost in the first round to George Oppong Weah of the Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) and Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s Unity Party. It was in the run-off that Ellen emerged as the winner, becoming Africa’s first elected woman President.
Prior to becoming a member of the NDPL, the late Toweh was rumored to have been tipped by some top officials of the Unity Party (UP) to become the running mate of Madam Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. But the UP standard bearer instead chose Lofa County’s Joseph N. Boakai, who became the Vice President.
S. Gblorzuo Toweh was a distinguished personality on the Liberian political scene. He served Liberia in several capacities, including lower-level positions, Minister of Agriculture, Minister of Posts and Telecommunications, Deputy Minister of Posts and Telecommunications, Deputy Minister of Local Government, Rural Development and Urban Reconstruction. He was also appointed Assistant Minister of Local Government, Rural Development and Urban Reconstruction, and Director of Cooperatives in the Ministry of Agriculture.
He established good relations with foreign governments and as a result Government received grants from some foreign governments, including the KR2 (Kennedy Round – Two) program from the Japanese Government; support programs from the South Korean government; and the Food and Agriculture Organization.
The German Government, through its international development agency—GTZ and the Korad Adenauer Foundation, extended the Nimba Rural Development Project for a total of US$8 million at the rate of US$2 million per year for four consecutive years.
For four years, Dr. Toweh served as a member of the Executive Council of the FAO, where food and agricultural policies of member countries were addressed.
At the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications, Scott also established a very good working relationship with foreign governments. As a result of these relationships, the U.S. Government gave Liberia a US$300,000 grant to erect two regional post offices in Nimba and Grand Gedeh counties, and to purchase postal equipment, including 15 postal trucks for mail delivery purposes. He also obtained scholarships from Brazil, Great Britain, Germany, Switzerland and Norway for staff development in postal management.
Mr. Toweh obtained a Master of Science degree in Agriculture from North Carolina State University at Raleigh, North Carolina, USA; a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture from North Carolina A & T State University, Greensboro, North Carolina; a Diploma in Agricultural Mechanics from ORT NATHANIEL, Israel, and a high school diploma from the Booker Washington Institute (BWI), Kakata, Liberia.
Scott Gblorzuo Toweh was born in Toweh Town, Nimba County, Liberia, to the union of Paramount Chief Gblorzuo and Madame Mahtee Toweh.
He was married to Kaymah Vaye Toweh of Tappita, Nimba County on March 16, 1974, a marriage that lasted until his death.
He was the father of six children.