Monrovia – A former senatorial candidate of Lofa County has described the newly elected representative of electoral District #1 in Lofa County as a man of great substance and determination to serve his people.
Cllr Jallah noted that despite many stumbling blocks before his election, the representative was finally able to break the storm with an overwhelming victory.
Said Jallah: “Because of our good working relationship prior to him coming to this high office, we thought we should come to pay our respect since we miss some of the ceremonies in between his election and the time of taking office. We want to congratulate you once again for making it thus far.”
Jallah was speaking on Wednesday, April 12, when he paid a curtsey call on the Lofa County District # 3 lawmaker at his Capitol Building offices.
Francis Sakila Nyumalin of the Union of Liberian Democrats (ULD) won the just ended by-election in Lofa County by accumulating 3,149 votes (32.0%)
In his remark, Cllr. Joseph Jallah informed the lawmaker that the Friends of Cllr. Joseph K. Jallah will continue to work with the new lawmaker as they did with his predecessor Eugene Fallahkpakar in a bid to foster development in his district and Lofa County at large.
Continue Jallah: “It is our culture and tradition to respect constituted authorities and those who also respect the people that they represent. So, as you take on this difficult task, there are lots of things that will come your way.”
Jallah said while the lawmaker will be paying more attention to his re-election bid comes October, he should not forget about the agenda for the transformation of Lofa County.
He urged the lawmaker to prioritize the Lofa county all-whether road services, something he said, is a common denominator for all Lofans.
“In my own recommendation, I would suggest if it meets the vetting process, to have an independent committee of eminent Lofa citizens who will work with you and the Legislative Caucus on the road issue for maintenance purpose and not so much about the pavement because that is a national program even beyond your own office.”
For his part, Rep Nyumalin thanked Cllr. Jallah for being the first eminent citizen to officially visit his office.
Commenting on the Lofa County road projects, he said the Lofa County legislative caucus before his election took a decision to allocate US$10,000 (Ten thousand United States Dollars) from the county development fund to be used for road rehabilitation projects.
“At our own level, (his office) we made few drums available to the district of Foya.
The Honorable Vice President has donated a truck to the Foya women. As I speak to you that truck is hauling rocks from one of our hills to Foya and beyond.”
Representative Nyumalin said the development of Liberia has to be a collective effort rather than putting the entire burden on government.