Senate Pro-tempore Armah Zolu Jallah has toured several towns, villages and clans in Belle and Bopolu districts, respectively in Gbarpolu County to access progress of ongoing development projects as well as meet with citizens.
According to a press release, Senator Jallah, who is also chairman of the Gbarpolu Legislative Caucus was warmly received by thousands of citizens, including elders, youth, and children, who reaffirmed their unflinching support to his leadership and development programs aimed at uplifting their lives and the County.
The release said during the tour, the Senator visited Belle Fassama, Belle Baloma, Koinjalie, Lowoma, and Na-zero, respectively all in Belle District and Henry town, Karmo Base, Ngaygbai and Gbeteetah in Bopolu District where a six classroom project is nearing completion.
The annual visit symbolizes his unrelenting commitment to infrastructure and manpower development in the county as well as improved trade and commerce. “I am always happy to visit my people; it is always a pleasure to sit and discuss with my people how we can develop programs that will improve our collective lives and also attract investment opportunities in the county and I am greatly honored to see sons and daughters of the soil,” said Senator Jallah upon arrival in Fassama, Belle District.
In his opening statement amidst thunderous and intermittent applauses from elated citizens, Senator Jallah reminded citizens of Belle district of their individual and collective responsibilities to developmental initiatives in the county, stressing that unity and love should serve as fulcrum of improvement.
“Although the responsibility to develop the county relies on national government, but it is also our collective responsibility as citizens of Gbarpolu County to attract foreign investors to help government especially in the areas of roads and bridges rehabilitation,” Pro-tempore Jallah said.
One of the Chief elders of Belle Fassama, Joseph Sargo, requested the crowd to pause and observe a moment of silence for departed souls of Gbarpolu County, who were instrumental in attaining County status from Lofa County on January 29, 2001 during the regime of Ex-President Charles Taylor.
Elder Sargo said although architects such as the late traditional Council Chairman Chief Jallah Lone is dead, however, he called on citizens to recognize the immense contribution of his son, Senate Pro-tempore Jallah during the struggle for the creation of Gbarpolu County.
“Some of our prominent elders, sons and daughters who struggled for Gbarpolu County are dead, but, we are happy that one of the most important individuals in person of Pro-tempore ArmahZoluJallah is here and he is our leader; so let us rise and recognize his effort,” Chief Elder Sargo said.
He reaffirmed that citizens of Belle District and other districts will always remember the extraordinary statesman effort of the lawmaker and promised their fullest support to any future aspiration, noting that “leadership comes from God”.
In response, Senator Jallah thanked citizens of Belle District for the recognition accorded him and delegation especially, the mentioning of incessant struggle they endured during the fight for County status.
He promised that with continuous support, citizens of the county will reap the dividends of his extraordinary leadership ability and development projects that will undoubtedly benefit everyone without segregation.
-Editing by Jonathan Browne