Deputy Internal Affairs Minister for Operations, Ranney B. Jackson
Official Commends Citizens for Self-help Initiative
By Ballah Kollie, LINA Bong County Correspondent
GBARNGA, March 23, (LINA) - Deputy Internal Affairs Minister for Operations, Ranney B. Jackson, has lauded citizens of Gou and Gbansue towns for constructing a road between their two towns on a self-help basis.
Minister Jackson said while the construction of roads in the country remains the sole responsibility of national government, it was heart-warming to see citizens helping government in transforming their lives through self-help undertakings.
Speaking at the dedication of the five-mile road which connects Zota and Sanoyea Districts through Gbansue and Gou towns, Minister Jackson described the citizens’ initiative as one that is hard to believe, saying, “This is worth being emulated by towns and villages in our country that are yet to be connected by road.”
Responding to a plea from citizens and Mr. James N. Paye, sponsor of the road project, Minister Jackson promised to collaborate with Mr. Paye in securing the support of officials of the Public Works Ministry, who according to him will improve the road, using road construction equipment.
Citizens of the two towns praised the contributions of many other citizens, including Minister Jackson, Cuttington University President Dr. Henrique Tokpa, Superintendent Selena Polson-Mappy, James K. Saybay and Mr. George Gbakollie.
They are said to have assisted the towns with diggers, hoes, cutlasses, as well as cash and food in the implementation of the project.
Since the creation of Bong County over half a century ago, Gou and its citizens had not seen motorcycles or motor vehicles in the town until March 13, 2014, when the first motorcycle entered the Gou town.
The self-help road project began on June 6, 2013 and required the involvement of hundreds of youths from both towns, who worked on Thursday each week to implement the project.