By: Eldred Wlemongar Thomas
Hundreds of residents of the mineral rich Henry town in Bopolu district, Gbarpolu County, mainly residents from Koriniga Chiefdom as well as surrounding towns and villages converged to overwhelmingly petitioned Alfred Koiwood to contest the 2017 legislative position for their district, while at the same time gowned by the citizens of district.
Speaking during a mass meeting, the Gbarpolu citizens said the decision to petition Rep. Koiwood is predicated upon the rapid development Bopolu District now witnessed after so many years through his initiatives, and further noted that such sustainable developmental gains speak not only that he Representative Koiwood is a true son of the soil, but has his county and fellow kinsmen at heart and as such he deserves a second term.
In their statement of support which was read by one of the citizens, the citizens noted they are confident that their decision is no mistake, but in the right direction for growth and development of their lives and county.
They recalled some of the development initiatives of Rep. Koiwood that has neither transform their lives such as his contribution of 400,000 Liberian dollars as nor profit Village Loan Scheme to hundreds of market women.
“it is through your representative we can boost of a driving and computer school practically free the citizens mainly women and youth outlined in a jubilation mood at the jammed pack petition program in Henry town, Korninga Chiefdom in Bopolu district.
The petition statement also catalogued the continuous support to upgrading the educational system through scholarship scheme for primary, secondary and University students as well as the construction of three schools and teachers quarter in Henry town by the lawmaker.
The appreciation and petitioning was graced by women, youth traditional leaders, chiefs, elders and citizens from across and beyond the district.
They recounted the provision of thirty generators at the cost of 13,000 United Sates dollars for the electrification of nine towns.
The statement also pointed to some key Legislation including An Act establishing a Magisterial Court in Gongbeyah Chiefdom, this they expressed delight as it has significantly helped the Police to ensure and maintain law and order, while a An Act to make Henry town a city is pending signature by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.
According to the citizens, the provision of safe drinking water became a focus and serious concern of their lawmaker that resulted to the construction of hand pumps valued at 11,000 United States dollars in Henry town for use by citizens in that local and surrounding towns and villages.
The citizens concluded commending Rep. Koiwood while urging him to continue the good work which cut across irrespective of religious, tribal and political divide, but all in the interest of developing Gbarpolu County.
Responding to the petition, Representative Koiwood described that move as push for him to even do better those who entrusted him with state power and have repose their confidence him again for a second term.
Koiwood said he remain focus and will not deterred by political detractors, but will do what it requires ably represent his people.
He used the gathering to pledge renewed commitment to women empowerment in the district and county at large promising a groundbreaking ceremony soon for the construction of a market project in Henry town to boost the commercial activities of people from across the county and elsewhere.
Representative who also chairs the House Committee on National Security told the citizens he wholeheartedly received the petition and assured them he will not betray their trust and confidence place in him.