One of the contenders in the 2014 Special Senatorial Elections for Rivercess County, Mr. J. Josephus Burgess, says it is time for the people of Rivercess to change the current regime in the county and bring onboard someone who will be more committed to highlighting their plight in the Liberian Senate.
Mr. Burgess is contesting against incumbent Senator Jay Jonathan Banney, who has served the county since 2005. In a statement issued in Monrovia Tuesday before taking off for his campaign tour to the county, he said the standard living condition of the people is below the poverty line.
“Therefore, as God Almighty was tired with the suffering of the children of Israel in Egypt and sent them a Moses for their deliverance so he is tired with the suffering of the Rivercess people and has sent another Moses, your son, J. Josephus Burgess, Sr., that with your willingness we can work together to build a new River Cess County where:
There will be love and unity, the respect for the rule of law, justice and equity and security of the person and right to private property, there will be access to the leadership and everyone will create the sense of belongingness and all River Cess citizens even in the Diaspora will be willing and happy to contribute to the development of the county,” he promised.
Speaking further, Mr. Burgess pointed out that residents should be willing to work, stressing, if the willingness to work fails to exist in them, to get things done will be very hard and therefore development will stall. Detailing his campaign’s priorities, Burgess said key among them is to reconcile and unite the people of Rivercess regardless of district, chiefdom, clan or section.
“Conscientiously, my tenure will put Rivercess County first above all else. Sensitize the people of that county to see, acknowledge and appreciate their worth that the county possesses. Prioritize the education of the young people. Use our resources and social benefits wisely for just distribution for an improved health care delivery and sanitation a good standard of living for our people by creating job opportunity, initiation of self-help programs through innovation and infrastructural development”, he outlined.
Burgess, an independent senatorial candidate, said his vision for the county is to involve the people fully in the discussion of all development agenda as well as uphold Government’s decentralization policy at the local level, including periodic and sporadic visitation to the County at all times to hear and discuss their concerns, while making the youth and young adults realize and utilize their potentials, and by being a leader of the people and not ruler, treating all equal.
According to him, his administration will narrow the gap for corruption, leading to gradual eradication as well as galvanize financial and material support for the development of the County, and encourage citizens of River Cess County in the Diaspora to feel a part and to participate in the development programs of the County.
He noted that his leadership will help through negotiations and lobby to improve the justice system of the County, encourage agriculture projects for self-reliance by building of farm-to market-roads, while maintaining major highways which will induce the people move from consumption to commercial agriculture.
“Rivercess Territory of 1955 was declared a county in 1985 by an act of the Interim National Assembly of the People’s Redemption Council Government. By Law and the Act all rights and privileges , powers and authorities appertaining to a county was bestowed to our beloved and beautiful mineral rich endowed county by the Almighty God, [but] there is nothing to show since 1985”, Mr. Burgess pointed out.