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Grass Room Agency for Social Services or (GRASS) operating in Buchanan, Grand Bassa County urges Liberians to work collaboratively for the growth of the country.

“For Liberia to see massive growth, we need to take ownership of this country, and this is the only way Liberia can move forward, no matter the situation we all must make the ultimate sacrifice”, it says.

National program coordinator Mr. Barley Togba in an interview with reporters over the weekend gave the challenge at the 10th anniversary of GRASS.

Mr. Togba strsesses no donor money or partners support will develope Liberia if Liberian themselves don’t change their mindset, adding that Liberia’s growth requires full responsibility of every citizen by working collaboratively in the prime interest of the State.

According to him, GRASS has gone beyond Grand Bassa and is currently working in Gbarpolu, Bomi, Margibi and River Cess counties, respectively, adding that work is centered on advocating for people who feel their rights have been violated and no one to speak for them.

“Part of our work is also focused on the county social development funds, and we work in that area to shift the paradigm interms of the law.”

During the 10th anniversary celebration the organization honored long- serving guardan and retired Father Robert Tikpor of the St. Kizito Catholic Church for his tireless efforts and humanitarian services to the people of Grand Bassa, and the country at large.

Mr. Togba noted that the people of Grand Bassa are proud to have a son like Father Tikpor who has always been working from his youthful days, giving back to his county, so it was prudent to have recognized his tireless efforts by awarding him with the Justice, Peace and Security award during the celebration.

“While he’s still alive, we thought to award him to tell the people of Liberia that there is a need to change the way we do things, people who have worked selflessly need to be honored”, said.

He said though there are few bad individuals who want to bring the country down, others with good intention are keen on seeing Liberia transforms.

Accepting the honor, retired Father Robert Tikpor lauded the organizers for their decision and judgment to bestow upon him an award that he never expected from the people of Bassa.

“I’m grateful to the executives of GRASS for keeping me in their hearts, never knew that my little contribution back then would have earned me this ward; I want to bless God for every one of you as you continue to work in the interest of Liberia”, added Ft. Tikpor.

By Lewis S. Teh–Editing by Jonathan Browne

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