Bong County Superintendent Selena Polson-Mappy
Superintendent Chides US-based Bong Citizens
By Ballah Kollie, LINA Bong County Correspondent
GBARNGA, May 30 (LINA) - Bong County Superintendent Selena Polson-Mappy has criticized the county’s citizens residing in the United States for “doing little or nothing” to support development programs in their county.
She observed that Bong County has one of the biggest communities of Liberians in the U.S. and other parts of the globe, but are yet to demonstrate that they have a stake in their county’s development.
Addressing participants at the start of a two-day Bong Citizens Conference organized by the Bong Advocates for New Direction (BAND) on Thursday, Polson-Mappy called on Bong citizens to stand above the political fray which, she claimed, has divided citizens of the county.
She stressed the need for US-based Bong citizens to foster unity among themselves, if they must succeed in their quest to unite locals, noting, “How can a house divided against itself champion the cause of uniting others.”
In remarks at the ceremony, the President of BAND/USA, Francis O. Nyeekpee, noted that the United Bong Citizens in the U.S. is the mother organization of Bong citizens in that country, noting that it is endeavoring to provide a new direction for Bong citizens in the U.S.
He also admitted that there are challenges among Bong citizens abroad, but promised to work on them in order to move the county forward.
Mr. Nyeekpee said he will collaborate with locals in ensuring that Bong County is changed through the new direction that will be designed at the end of the conference.
The two-day conference is being held under the theme: “Promoting Unity and Development in Bong.”