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Thumbs Up community inducts new leadership

By Lewis S. Teh

The newly inducted chairperson of Thumbs Up community in Caldwell, Montserrado County electoral district#15, Mr. G. Alphonso Saydee has named healthcare, sanitation, and waste management as his top priorities.

“We have come with a vision, innovation, and a sense of direction to improve the livelihood of our people by making healthcare, and sanitation our foremost priorities”, he assured residents of the community recently during his induction.

He said there will be no more business as usual, further promising to operate a credible financial system backed by competent leadership to transparently discharge his duties.

He said for too long Thumps Up community has gone down the drain due to lack of competent leadership. He vowed to redeem the community and rallied residents to count on the new leadership because it will not let them down.

“Don’t elect us and turn your back, we need your involvement, and contribution at this critical time to carry out our vision”, Mr. Saydee added.

He called on community members to participate in initiatives that will bring development, adding that if they must achieve their goals and vision, the need for residents’ participation and contribution can’t be overly emphasized.

“With the two-period giving me, my administration will implement 10 tangible projects and they include street lights implementation, opening of alleys for accessibility, identification of blockhouse numbers, strengthening of security personnel, settlement of disputes, provision of scholarships for youths, healthcare and sanitation, empowerment of widows, and youth, community roads connectivity, and erecting of a town hall.”

Mr. Saydee also revealed that he will review all programs and projects left by his predecessor as well as provide quarterly and annual reports to the community to update residents on how their resources are being spent.

Those elected and subsequently inducted include Mr. G. Alphonso Saydee Chairman, Mr. Morris H. Barclay, Co-chair, Roosevelt S. Varney, Secretary General; Kwita Dunbar, financial secretary; Gbessay Z. Massaquoi, treasure, and Patricia Varkpeh, chaplain.

Meanwhile, on behalf of the outgoing leadership, Elder Milton Barloh advised the new leadership to ask God for wisdom to enable them lead the people well and fulfill the confidence they reposed in them.

Elder Barloh recalled that since 1971, this was the first legitimate leadership the community has had and urged all constituents to work along with the new leadership. Editing by Jonathan Browne


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