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Senator Johnson Cautions Gbi, Doru Against Cessation
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Nimba County Senior Senator Prince Yormie Johnson



Senator Johnson Cautions Gbi, Doru Against Cessation

By S. Kannay Ziamo, LINA Ganta, Nimba County Correspondent

GANTA, February 18 (LINA) - Nimba County Senior Senator Prince Yormie Johnson has advised citizens of Gbi and Doru Districts against breaking away from Nimba to join Rivercess County.

He acknowledged that Gbi and Doru citizens are being marginalized by Nimba County authorities, but said breaking away from the county of which they are bona fide citizens by law is not politically prudent, nor is it the right decision.

Johnson’s gave the advice to citizens of Gbi and Doru during a meeting in Ganta recently, and prompted by a petition they sent to Rivercess County Senator Francis Paye asking him to lobby with his colleagues in the Senate to grant them permission to join Rivercess County which they described as their “ancestral land.”

Paye then wrote the Liberian Senate stating that citizens of Gbi and Doru districts are appealing to the government to allow them join neighboring Rivercess County on grounds that they are being treated as strangers and not citizens of Nimba County.

However, Johnson reminded the citizens that Gbi and Doru districts were annexed to Nimba County by a Presidential Proclamation in 1938 prior to Nimba gaining its status as a county in Liberia in 1964.

“Citizens from the district are Nimbaians and cannot be allowed to migrate to another county as they are demanding, and therefore they are not leaving Nimba County to settle in neighboring Rivercess County,” he emphasized.

Johnson continued: "We understand that you have grievances, and those grievances need to be addressed appropriately because you're part of this great county; your plight should not in any way be ignored."

Meanwhile, Johnson has vowed to lobby with his colleagues in the Senate, especially his kinsman Senator Thomas Grupee, not to give credence to the communication from Senator Paye.

Senator Johnson assured citizens of the districts that the Nimba County Caucus along with other county authorities will do everything possible to address their plight as soon as possible.


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