The Daily Observer Publisher has often considered the theme ‘God and One Man.’ The idea was rekindled yesterday when he stumbled upon a new “one man” in Assistant Editor C.Y. Kwanue’s comprehensive story published in yesterday’s edition on last Saturday’s launch of the Booker Washington Institute’s novel agricultural program.
Reporter Kwanue, one of the newspaper’s longest-serving employees (1986), is also our Education and Defense Correspondent.
He told the story of how BWI’s new agricultural program got its beginning. It was inspired by a similar program in the Republic of Benin, a West African country bordering Ghana, Togo and Nigeria. The program was started by ONE MAN, a visionary young Dominican priest named Father Godfrey Nzamujo.
Father Nzamujo is, in our perception, not only “one man” but also ONE African PhD who has truly made a difference in the world.
It was he who many years ago started the Songhai Agricultural Project in Benin, training and developing young African entrepreneurs who went out and expanded the project throughout Benin. The project has been so successful that it is now spread to 15 African countries.
Now that it has reached Liberia, we deem this a very serious opportunity to spark the transformation of our agriculture.
But who will become our “one man” to make this happen—to make an agriculture project so successful that it is replicated in every Liberian county and change forever Liberia’s agricultural productivity landscape?
In yesterday’s editorial, we challenged BWI Principal Tarnue Harris and Board Chairman Jackson Paye to focus on this agricultural program and follow it to its successful conclusion. This means replicating it somewhere else in Kakata and in each of the 15 counties. This could indeed spark the transformation of agriculture in Liberia.
The program could be given a great boost should the Ministry of Agriculture (MOA) become actively involved by doing everything in its power to foster it in every technical way possible—helping with seeds, fertilizers, insecticides, farm implements and well-trained personnel that BWI may seek.
But we would like to stress that this assistance from the MOA should not mean that it is an MOA project. It is an initiative undertaken by BWI and should be seen and dealt with as such. We are asking only for the MOA’s supportive involvement, taking pride in the fact that one of the nation’s institutions teaching agriculture is venturing out into agricultural production in a determined bid to feed itself, save money hitherto spent on food purchases and at the same time help needy people and institutions with food.