The Bong County Civil Society Council will shortly hold a leadership retreat to pave the way for leadership elections for the organization. According to the Acting Co-Chair of the Bong CSOs, Stephen Mulbah, the retreat will critically discuss leadership roles and responsibilities, expressing the belief that the retreat would relieve the burden of running the Civil Society of the county on the five-man leadership council.
Elections in the organization have not occurred since George Johnson and others took over leadership years back. The organization further experienced a leadership crisis when Mr. Johnson resigned his position and became Regional Coordinator of the Civil Society Network of Liberia, thus bringing in the current ad-hoc leadership headed by the Executive Director of the Development Education Network-Liberia (DEN-L), Dorothy Tooman.
Stephen Mulbah also revealed that at the anticipated retreat, thematic committees will be set-up to deal with issues arising in the county instead of everyone running his/her own show without the consent of majority members of the organization.
Local community radio extolled for programming
Citizens of Garjay, Nyennah and Kpokon Towns in District #3c, Grand Bassa County have extolled the management of Super Bongese Radio for its coverage extension to that part of the country. Super Bongese Radio is now Bong County’s biggest community radio, regarded by IREX as the best community radio in the country. The citizens, speaking through their various town chiefs, said for more than two years, Super Bongese Radio has been the only source of news and information.
According to Matthew Kollie, one of the town chiefs from Garjay Town, Super Bongese has played and continues to play an important role in the lives of people in that part of Grand Bassa County, emphasizing that the human-interest programs produced by the station were meaningfully contributing to the development of the area.
Some of the programs named by the Grand Bassa District #3c citizens are the widely listened to breakfast program SUNRISE, Africa on Disc and the Bassa Language Program. As a way of appreciating the institution, Town Chief Matthew Kollie of Garjay Town presented a manuscript notebook to be used by the Bassa Language program presenter.
In another development, the Principal of Ceewin Community School in Tukpablee District is calling for the inclusion of teachers at the school on the Liberia government’s payroll. Mr. Edwin Buesuah also named lack of instructional materials as one of the many challenges the school is faced with.