LIBERIA:‘Media Can Transform Rural People’, Says Supt. Johnson

River Gee Superintendent Daniel G. Johnson says there is a need for the media to “jump-start the minds of rural people” to begin thinking beyond the village setting.

He said television is one component of the media that could play a vital role in enlightening rural people to transform their lives.

“For example, our people have been doing subsistence farming for decades, maybe a TV documentary on how other farmers are making farming an economic activity could be an eye-opener for them,” Johnson said.

He was speaking recently when a delegation from the Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism paid a courtesy call on him in Fish Town, the provincial capital of River Gee County.

The team was headed by the Liberia News Agency (LINA) Editor-in-Chief, Peter Kahler, included the Director of Tourism at the ministry, Ambrose Wiagbe.

Speaking further, Supt. Johnson said another way to change the lives of rural dwellers is to create economic zones with incentives for investors to partner with the local people.

He lauded efforts to revisit the land ownership law, noting that tribal land could be used in joint ventures between an investor and the local people.

Earlier, LINA Editor-in-Chief Kahler explained that the visit was part of a nation-wide tour to inform government functionaries and the people about the revitalization of LINA, and the services it can provide for them.

Also speaking, Tourism Director Wiagbe said his mission was to map out potential tourism sites in the counties, to develop packages that could be sold to tourists and investors.

The visits covered Maryland, Grand Kru, River Gee, Grand Gedeh, Nimba and Bong counties on the first leg.

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