The faith of several development projects in Nimba County is in limbo as the county leadership, including Superintendent David Dorr Cooper is busy with politics ahead of the 2020 midterm senatorial election.
The county administration headed by Superintendent Cooper had embarked on several projects across all 17 administrative districts of Nimba, including renovation of the presidential palace in Sanniquellie or the Superintendent Compound, but these projects have come to a standstill.
Due to the growing focus on politics, 22 yellow machines acquired by the county during the former 53rd Legislature are all grounded.The machines were bought with money from the county and social development funds to pave roads, including streets in six cities, but these activities have been abandoned over a year now.
Nimba County Senator Prince Yormie Johnson, dubbed as ‘godfather’ of politics in the country had accused Superintendent Dorr Cooper of campaigning ahead of the pending senatorial election, using government vehicles.
Senator Johnson himself recently endorsed District One Representative Jeremiah Kpan Koung as his choice for the senatorial race on the ticket of Movement for Democracy and Reconstruction (MDR), calling on Nimbaians support Koung’s bid for the senate.Also speaking to reporters in the county, Senator Thomas S. Grupee, accused Superintendent Dorr Cooper of abandoning office to go campaign.
Senator Grupee himself is seeking re-election.When contacted, Superintendent Cooper complains that since he took office, neither government nor the county social development funds has provided money to enable him complete the projects.He accuses some members of the county legislative caucus, who have expressed interest in vying for the senate, of playing politics.
He discloses that government has failed to restitute US$1.5 Million as royalty paid by the mining company, ArcelorMittal.Sources say the Government of Liberia borrowed said amount over three years ago with the intent of paying back, but has not lived up to its obligation.Superintendent Cooper confirms the abandonment projects in the county, but attributes the situation to politics among Nimba lawmakers.
By Thomas Domah/Nimba–Editing by Jonathan Browne