Liberia’s Longest Serving Superintendent: Samuel Brown Is GNN’s Personality Of The Week

Bomi County Superintendent, Samuel Brown at the newly constructed school in his county
Bomi County Superintendent, Samuel Brown at the newly constructed school in his county

Today our profile of the week comes from northwestern Liberia, Bomi County to be specific; this county is one of the fifteen counties of Liberia that comprise the first-level of administrative division in the nation, it has four districts, namely Dewoin, Klay, Mecca and Senjeh Districts.

One of the many bridges constructed by the county
One of the many bridges constructed by the county

Tubmanburg serves as the capital with the area of the county measuring 1,942 square kilometres (750 sq mi), as of the 2008 Census, it has a population of 82,036, making it the twelfth most populous county in Liberia.

Superintendent Brown and the President of the Bomi County Community College, Zonbong Norman take a snap at the front of the College
Superintendent Brown and the President of the Bomi County Community College, Zonbong Norman take a snap at the front of the College

This beautiful and touristic county is bordered by Grand Cape Mount County to the west, Gbarpolu County to the north, Montserrado County to the southeast, and the Atlantic Ocean to the south.

Its administrative head or Superintendent is one of Liberia’s finest administrators with vast experience in administration coming from the background of humanitarian services; Mr. Samuel Brown is our personality for this week.

Taking our staff on a tour of his County today (Monday), September 12, 2016 aimed at showcasing several of his projects undertaken during the past years, explained the secret of his success story relating it to his days at the Liberia National Red Cross Society (LNRCS) where he dedicatedly served with honor as Field Officer during height of the Liberian civil war from 2008 to 2010.

Superintendent Brown with one of his female Clan Chifes
Superintendent Brown with one of his female Clan Chifes

Explaining further about his achievements during his days at the Liberia National Red Cross Society (LNRCS) where he was also awarded several certificates of honor when his Bomi Chapter was honored as Chapter of the year and he personally as Field Officer of the same year (2009), Mr. Brown said during those challenging times he was able to revise his Chapter which brought dignity to his achievement.

The oldest Cultural Activist in Besao Cultural Village Also Spoke To GNN During The Tour
The oldest Cultural Activist in Besao Cultural Village Also Spoke To GNN During The Tour

As a result of his professional services at the LNRCS during those difficult period (The height of the Liberian Civil War) in 2010, members of the county legislative caucus in closed consultation with the people of Bomi County who were popularly overwhelmed to endorsed him as their Superintendent, an endorsement which was accepted thus appointing him as Superintendent of this beautiful County.

One of the many local bridges built by the County authority
One of the many local bridges built by the County authority

As we drove through as a mark to see several developmental projects including the presidential Palace, City Hall, Chief Compound, administrative building, bridges, schools, healthcare centers and other projects undertaken by his administration.

As we interestingly drove to the historic Besao Culture village, it was an exciting moment as the oldest resident, 84-year old Morris Beslow who said he is the caretaker of the King Yola grave site spoke about the importance of preservation of the Liberian cultural, noting, “It is good to preserve our cultural and not to ignore it as it is being done in other places by our leaders. It bad, we must preserve our cultural,” old man Beslow speaking through an interpreter said.

Superintendent Brown presenting a 25KG bag of rice from his farm to our staff as a gift for his tour in the county
Superintendent Brown presenting a 25KG bag of rice from his farm to our staff as a gift for his tour in the county

During this interesting tour in the County it was observed that our personality of the week, Bomi County Superintendent has built a unique relationship with his people, many of whom during interview with them referenced his committed call to duty by honestly managing the county development funds.

“He is a man of integrity, a man who has made over the years some significance projects in the management of our resources including allotted funds from the central government for the purpose of development our beloved county,” a resident of Tubmanburg City speaking to the GNN said today.

Some residents of Besao Cultural Village watched as we took up time to view the village
Some residents of Besao Cultural Village watched as we took up time to view the village

“We admired this man, can you imagine he uses his official vehicle whenever we cannot find an ambulance to convey our sick people to nearby hospitals or clinics. This man is indeed good as compare to our previous superintendents he is exceptionally good and honest,” another resident of the city in a chat with our staff said.

Superintendent Brown speaking about his success story and those who he considered his role model, said two prominent Liberians including President Ellen Johnson and Rev. Dr. Kortu Brown and his former employer, the Liberia National Red Cross Society (LNRCS) are those he considered as his role models, and the motivating brains behind his successes over the years.

Another partial view  of some of the citizens who happily came to greet their Superintendent
Another partial view of some of the citizens who happily came to greet their Superintendent

He said Rev. Dr. Kortu Brown taught him how to work hard, and be patience whatever he will venture in, and further poured praises on President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf who he said he is currently imitating for her leadership role, and for the LNRCS, his former employer, he noted that it exposes him to do lots of things including proposal writing.

Concluding our tour with the Superintendent, he urged his fellow compatriots to be law abiding and be good citizens, and also called on his kinsmen to encourage their children to pay more attention to education if they wish to be successful citizens in their lives, the Bomi County Superintendent said.

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists.