A candidate for Margibi County electoral district#1 Ms. Ida Pratt Deddeh blames incumbent Representative Roland Opee Cooper’s alleged bad leadership over the years for lack of development and basic services in the district.
Speaking in an interview with reporters on Thursday, 3 August in her district office in Duazon, lower Margibi County, Ms Deddeh, who is contesting on the ticket of the Alternative National Congress or ANC, says if elected, she will redeem the district from bad leadership and bring total transformation.
She names the lack of quality education, poor sanitation and health care, among other challenges that are confronting the people of the district, and stresses that her decision to enter the race is to transform the lives of the people.
“Basically, if you ask me what is lacking here, I think this district is being under-represented, including roads and this is what we want to change” According to her, she is not in politics to exploit her people, but to serve, saying I am not entering this race because of the huge salaries lawmakers are making; I am already living more than a representative, I just want to bring transformation.”
When quizzed on her expectations about the current lawmaker in the district, Ms Deddeh says she wants to see good schools, decongestion of public schools and more public high schools, including a community college for students who cannot afford to come to live in Monrovia to for further education, adding “This is what we wanted to see from this lawmaker of ours but he has failed in every aspect.This paper was unable to reach Representative Cooper for response.
Ms Deddeh continues that her priority for the first hundred days in office if elected is to re-visit the country’s labour laws to know why foreigners are doing jobs that qualified Liberians can do.
She says the next issue on her agenda will be a review of concession agreement signed in the district. “I am doing this for my people because if I tell you about youth empowerment, education, among others, it will not take me hundred days to complete, this is what I’m going to focus on.”
“ I don’t want to talk about tangible because what I did here will definitely speak for me; I have worked with all forms of groups, including the planting of a solar energy to enable pregnant women have safe delivery in the health center at night as there is nothing there to use at night, that is one of my tangibles that people especially women know off.”
By Lewis S. Teh