Larkayta Township in District#4, Margibi County has inducted a new commissioner to steer the affairs of the township.Commissioner George Cooper, who replaces his predecessor, Omega Moses Sawyer, was inducted recently at township headquarters along Bong Mines Road.
The ceremony was graced by officials of government, religious and traditional leaders, women groups, youth organizations, citizens and well-wishers.Officially turning over the gavel of authority, outgoing Commissioner Sawyer expressed delight for the opportunity afforded him by the government to serve his people.
“We have come today to turn over to our own brother and uncle as commissioner. You know when your son is graduating, what comes to your mind? Lots of joy come to you right? So I mean I’m over happy that my son, not that I [literally] born him, but in other institutions where we worked, he is my son and it could be any other person from this district or this township, you could be my son or daughter.”
He notes that apart from Mr. Cooper, he would have embraced any other person appointed by President Weah to lead them in the township.
Sawyer clarified rumor that Commissioner George Cooper has taken his job, saying “Cooper never took job from me.”
He said as a partisan of the former ruling Unity Party, he served as commissioner from October 2010 to January 2019, so he doesn’t have to be greedy.
“When it is your friend’s time, give him chance to rule. When it is your friend’s time, support him and George has supported me from the time I came to the political landscape.”
Sawyer promised to work with Commissioner Cooper in having his [Cooper’s] dreams achieved by helping to get anything good the township needs.
Outlining his progress and challenges, he accused Margibi County District#4 Representative Ben A. Fofana for serving as a major obstacle to his leadership during his period in office, which caused him not to achieve a lot of things in the district.
He named provision of scholarship, improvement in the Larkayta Public School, providing plastic chairs and the Compound Market, among other achievements.
Meanwhile, Commissioner George Cooper promised that reconciliation will be a priority, stressing that it is very important for peace and stability.
He also spoke of building human resource thru academic and vocational education, lamenting that the township has so many structures, but lacks trained manpower.
Kakata Chiefdom Paramount Chief Fahn Gizzie Lepolu admonished Commissioner Cooper to run an open administration in order to succeed, rather than behaving as someone who knows it all.
By Ramsey N. Singbeh, Jr in Margibi –Editing by Jonathan Browne
(L-R) Newly inducted Commissioner George Cooper, former Commissioner Omega Sawyer and Paramount Chief Fahn G. Lepolu