Liberia: Deputy Speaker Lights up Streets of Buah Geeken, Chenwriken, Worpluken, Tarken in Grand Kru County
Grand Kru County — Citizens of four communities in Buah Statutory District —Geeken, Chenwriken, Worpluken and Tarken Wednesday night took to the streets in jubilation of the 55 solar-powered streets light turned on by Deputy Speaker J. Fonati Koffa.
For many of them, this is a lifetime opportunity and arguably the first time in Grand Kru County.
In continuation to light up Grand Kru County District #2, Niplaikpo in Jloh Statutory District and Allawala City, Dweken in Forpoh Statutory District are expected to be switched on next week with 25 and 20 solar streets light, respectively.
Each street lights are powered by a mini solar panel, according to Grand Kru County District #2 Representative, Cllr. Koffa, which is guaranteed for 20 years, while the batteries can be changed every five years
House’s Deputy Speaker Koffa also told citizens in Geeken that in June and December respectively, additional 200 solar lights will be brought in the district to light up about eight communities.
Besides the six communities, the Deputy Speaker has also visited 11 other communities, namely; Dorbor Wakpo, Worriken, Doeswen, Jlateken, Chemgbetee, Weayen, Cherboken, Forpoh Parluken, Sartiken, Wropluken and Gbarken in the ongoing citizens’ engagement tour, which begun April 16 and would end May 5.
During his first seven day’s tour, the Deputy Speaker has donated over 70 bags of cement for the renovation of schools, and committed to install 12 handpumps, provide 250 rubber chairs, and will buy photocopiers, printers and solar panels for electricity.
The Deputy Speaker has also committed to take over the responsibility to fund the operations of Buah Jlateken and Bolloh Doeswen Clinics.
He further committed himself to break grounds for guest house, youth center and provide stipends for over 50 volunteer teachers across the district including the monthly provision of a drum of fuel and hire janitors for the Buah Health Center.
Meanwhile, in continuation of the traditional constituency-focused activities, which include citizens’ engagement aimed at discussing issues pertaining to development, the well being of the people and disclosure of plans and activities of both the Legislature and the Government, Deputy Speaker Hon. Cllr. J. Fonati Koffa is expected to tour Sasstown Statutory District and on Tuesday, April 27, present his 3rd Annual Report in Barforwin, Bolloh Statutory District.
Accordingly, during the annual report, five persons are expected to represent each of the six statutory district, to include the district superintendent, a commissioner, a Paramount Chief, a women representative and a youth representative. The district superintendent in consultation with the County Superintendent will select the remaining four delegates to makeup the five-person’s delegation. Others delegates anticipated to attend the annual report will include the local county authority and officials of Congress for Democratic Change (CDC), among others.
This year’s report cataloged achievements of Representative Cllr. Fonati Koffa over the years as Grand Kru District #2 lawmakers. The report is expected to also outline challenges during the three years as the agent of the district. The theme of this year’s report is: “Three years of success and challenges.”
It may be recalled, the 2018 Annual Constituency Report was delivered in Geeken, Buah Statutory District, while the 2019 Annual Constituency Report was presented through mass media, the Poponebo Newspaper and Radio Ahteenah 102.5 and on his Official Facebook Page, because of the deadly COVID 19 pandemic. The Covid-19 global death toll marked yet another grim milestone, taking more than million lives.
Meanwhile, the Deputy Speaker will climax his constituency visit by serving as Guest Speaker at the 2021 Press Union of Liberia (PUL) Congress on Monday, May 3, in Barclayville, Grand Kru County.
This will be the second time for Cllr. J. Fonati Koffa to serve as guest speaker during the PUL congress.
It may be recalled, in 2020 at the auditorium of the University of Liberia, Cllr. Koffa, cautioned Liberian journalists to remain the pacesetter and play a “significantly important role in the society.”