LIBERIA: Another Woman Joins Senatorial Race In Grand Bassa County

From:  ELTON WROINBEE TIAH | GNN Correspondent | Grand Bassa County |

Janjay Village Of Hope CEO Relinquishes Position To Accept To Contest Grand Bassa Senatorial Position

Madam Magdalene Harris

Barely few months the Special Senatorial Election in Liberia, the Chief Executive Officer for Janjay Village of Hope has relinquished her post and accepted several petitions from scores of citizens from Grand Bassa County asking her to contest.

Several citizens gathered at the Bassa Governor Court in Buchanan to listen to Madam Magdalene Harris after petitioning her months ago.

The hope of the citizens was restored after Madam Harris openly told the people of Grand Bassa County that she’s going to contest the 2020 Special Senatorial Election.

Madam Magdalene Harris told the people of Grand Bassa that the time has come for the county to move forward by building sustainable institutions, growing the economy and seeking fiscal monetary stability.

She mentioned that the people of Grand Bassa County need to be empowered.

“We must engage in and support programs that protect our citizen’s interests globally. We must work to ensure that our citizens have the opportunity to make a difference in their lives economically, and be trusted to drive their own destiny”.

Madam Harris furthered “We must work hard with citizens to develop their individual “willpower” to transform the future of their county. It is the political “will” and “leadership” we need to move the county forward”.

She asserted that she grew up in the village and knows what it was to go to school with no desks, books or pencils and then go home to no food; adding that she  gained her education both in Liberia and the United States, through the grace of God.

Madam Harris asserted that for more than four decades, the situation has not changed.

“The lives of the people must improve. We must find a way, to work together with them and to improve the condition of their lives. After serving many humanitarian organizations, I’m now ready to promote change through service in Grand Bassa County to make a break with the past for the better”.

Madam Harris mentioned “Improving the quality of life for Grand Bassa residents and this can only be done through our willingness to promote change through service. Our goal for this county will be built around five pillars”.

The former Chief Executive Offer of Janjay Village of Hope said “Peace Building and Social Protection ensuring justice in other to create trust among our residents. We must reconcile our differences to bring healing, empowering youth, women and people living with disability in the county” is one of the key things she has on her platform.

“We must grow our agriculture sector through farming, agro processing and marketing, encouraging small business development, creating opportunity for employment, focusing on workforce development and encouraging direct foreign investment and partnerships”.

Madam Harris expanded “our quality of life needs improvement in the areas of health, education, water, sanitation and waste management. We need to invest in farm to market roads, bridges, technology and affordable energy outside of Monrovia and to improve good governance, community engagement, access to leaders, reports, ensuring transparency and accountability to our citizens.

Incumbent senator Nyonblee Kangar Lawrence was the only female amongst several males aspiring for the Senatorial race in the county. Madam Magdalene Harris acceptance makes her the second female aspirant for Grand Bassa senatorial race.

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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, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.

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