Grand Gedeh Superintendent Peter Solo
Official Urges Liberians To Forego Dependency Syndrome
By Chris Nyenapee, LINA Grand Gedeh County Correspondent
ZWEDRU CITY, March 22 (LINA) - Grand Gedeh County Assistant Superintendent for Development, Abraham T. Gbeway, called on Liberians to do away with the dependency syndrome, if they must develop their country and provide food for themselves.
He stressed that expecting hand-outs from donors as in the days when the nation was engulfed in military crisis and Liberians were in displaced and refugees camps, should now be a thing of the past, as the country moves forward.
Supt. Gbeway was speaking recently at the official launch of the West Africa Productivity Program (WAAPP) and the Liberia County Sensitization and Awareness meeting held at the Zwedru Multilateral High School, when he represented County Superintendent Peter L. Solo.
WAAPP is a US$14 million project sponsored by a World Bank loan and Japanese Government grant, to boost rice and cassava production in southeastern Liberia.
It was officially kicked off by Liberian Vice President Joseph N. Boakai in 2012. The project has a life span of 10 years, and has since trained over 25 Liberians at various levels outside the country.
Briefing the over 30 participants on benefits of the project, WAAPP Liberia Communications Specialist, Elvis H. Sirleaf, emphasized the need for farmers to grow more rice and cassava to eat at least three meals a day.
He said the surplus can be sold to improve their livelihoods and send their children to school.
The meeting, which was attended by over 30 participants from three districts in Grand Gedeh County, will rotate in the remaining southeastern counties of Maryland, River Gee and Sinoe to encourage residents to get actively involved in the program, intended to boost food production in that part of Liberia.