Margibi County District Four Representative, Ben Fofana, has chided civil society organizations of being bought by local leaders, accusing them of not speaking on issues affecting the lives of citizens of the county.
Rep. Fofana told reporters in Kakata that at no time they as lawmakers (the Margibi Legislative Caucus) or the local county authority have been questioned by civil society organizations on some of the lapses in the county.
The lawmaker also claimed he has record to prove that for the past two years CSOs in Margibi have not engaged them on issues that are not in the interest of the citizens.
“I can say some members of the Civil Society Organizations have been bought or, maybe, I can say, they have joined the band wagon. They are no longer advocating for the people whereas the CSOs should be the voices of the people,” he said.
He argued it is CSOs that suppose advocate for the people about things they cannot do for themselves, stressing “they’ve gone underground or maybe they have been bought or they have joined the wagon.”
Some of issues he said CSOs are silent on concerned the Lango Lippaye Elementary, Junior and Senior High School annex Project, abandoned the BWI Multi-Purpose Complex project, and many others.
Responding to the lawmaker’s claims, Coordinator of the National Civil Society Council, Friday Crusor, disagreed that CSOS are being bought but said his statement is in right direction as it is intended to wake CSOs up.
“First, I will not want to agree that Civil Society has been bought; the next thing is that listening to what he said, I got to analyze that he ready did not mean harm; I think this is a wakeup call for the CSOs to be able to become proactive in Margibi County,” Crusor said.
“It is a call to all of us, members of the Civil Society groupings, to get on our feet and be able to follow up on some of these issues since in fact we are the largest sector.”
By: Moses M. Tokpah