The superintendent of Grand Bassa County has proposed a draft vision to the people of the county. Levi J. Demmah said the vision is not outside of the county Development Agenda or “Vision 2030”, but intended to fast track holistic developments in Grand Bassa County, for their collectivism in four areas.
He named the four areas as Reconciliation and Unity, Youth capacity development (promoting demand driving skills), Strengthening Grand Bassa County Financial Management System and Development Programming amongst others.
“The Bassa tribe as you may be aware is one of the largest groups of people in Liberia. From literature review, since 1836 the major dialect (food) in Bassa land happens to be that of the cassava. The cassava has been utilized in many forms by Bassa speaking people, ranging from, and transforming same into fufu and (grated or pounded) dumboy for consumption,” he said. Demmah said this tradition continued over the years and at various intervals; but was rekindled by passed leaders of the county.
He also said it has been transitioned from mere assembly of only people from Grand Bassa County to the entire citizenry of Liberia. The Grand Bassa County newly appointed superintendent said the true intents of the “Bassa Dumboy Festival” is for citizens of the county to come together and discuss issues of mutual interests, including social diversities, family needs among others. He said this year’s dumboy festival will be structured around these platforms, based on their principle of inclusiveness and communalism.
Under the Youth Capacity Development Program (demand driven skills),Demmah mentioned that while it is true that they have a community college, impacting knowledge in various areas, they need to embrace skills that are in the middle, where Labour statistics have proven, the most jobs.
“We need replacement of expatriates in most concessions operating in this county, but the skills have to be obtained,” he asserts. The former Deputy Minister for Labor maintained that with the help of the Caucus, the computer program will be enhanced in partnership with Starz College, wherein graduates of other disciplines’ will be afforded the opportunity. Demmah said they intend to strengthen Grand Bassa county Financial Management System mainly, around the public Financial Management Act of 2009 and the restated PPCC Act of 2010.
He added that in this area, workshops, peer reviews, town halls and sustained reporting for accountability will be the hallmark of the day. In addition, the superintendent said the area of Development programming will be used do a follow-up on those projects earmarked from the just ended county sitting.
He indicated that it is his belief that the road leading to the Unification Pavilion (Fair Ground), can be paved with citizens participation. Demmah said every inch contributed to by anyone automatically, translates into the person name being placed on a marble stone for future generation to know that their mama or daddy paved the road that has been dust ridden from 1966 till now.
“Permit me to once more reiterate the importance of unity amidst diversities. Let’s come together and build our county,” he said.\
By Gaudi Bealded