The Chairman of the Lofa County Legislative Caucus and lone Senator of Lofa County, Stephen J. H. Zargo has declared his disappointment over the delay by the National Elections Commission (NEC) to certificate Lofa County Senator-elect, Brownie J. Samukia.
Senator Zargo said the decision to elect Samukai did not just come from the people of Lofa County, but those that allowed him to contest and win the election.
“If the NEC and those who are preventing him from taking his seat had told the people of Lofa that he is disallowed or stopped from contesting, they wouldn’t had voted him.”
The Lofa County Caucus Chairman therefore noted that it is unfair to the people for the NEC and others to challenge the opinion and decision of nearly 300,000 people that voted Samukai.
He added that in the midst of the Samukai situation, the people of Lofa County went on to give President George Weah a rousing welcome to the county during his recent tour there.
He said all of the members of the Lofa County Legislature met with the President in Foya and presented the concern of the Lofapeople.
Senator Zargo made these assertions when he received a certificate of recognition for his continuous contributions to the development and upliftment of Lofa County and its people from a local newspaper, The Lofa Eye Newspaper, at a ceremony held Tuesday, November 9, 2021 at the Capitol Building in Monrovia.
Speaking of the many contributions outlined by the Lofa Eye Newspaper for which he has being certificated, Senator Zargosaid, “We were elected by the people of Lofa County and as such, we are obligated to them and must work to improve their lives. So, I want to thank the management and staff of the LofaEye Newspaper for this recognition and hope that this certificate will be used to encourage me to do more for the people of Lofa.”
Presenting the certificate to Senator Zargo, the Publisher and Chief Executive Officer of the Lofa Eye newspaper, Mr. Joseph Kortu Nyandibo said the paper was established in March 2017 and as part of events marking its fourth anniversary decided to honor sons and daughters as well as institutions of Lofa County who have contributed and continue to contribute to the development and upliftment of the county in the last three years.
Journalist Nyandibo said following months of competitive vetting process by a committee chaired by the paper’s Administrative Manager, Mr. Emmanuel N. Kelema, the name of Senator Zargo alongside several sons and daughters of LofaCounty were sincerely qualified and nominated to be certificated in appreciation of their invaluable contributions to the county.
Naming few of the many contributions Senator Zargo had made towards the development of Lofa that qualified him for the honor, the Lofa Eye newspaper Publisher expressed that, “Sen. Zargo has the highest shares in the three Rural Community Banks in the county namely: the Foya Rural Community Bank, the Kolahun and Zorzor Rural Community Banks, the biggest shares holder in a group called “Be Serious” women organization in Massabolahun Town, Wanhasa District, the uncountable provision of building materials to several towns and villages in the county and the contribution of financial aid to students at the Lofa County Community College (LCCC) and other institutions.”
Mr. Nyandibo went further to name commitment of the Senator entire US$30,000 for Legislative Engagement Fund to the completion of seven dormitory units he earlier embarked on for students at the LCCC, the empowerment of women at the Voinjama general market and one of the biggest donors to the Lofa County Sports Association.”
He said, “There are two additional reasons or if not most important reasons that qualify our honorable Senator for this great recognition. Firstly, as Chairman of the Lofa County Legislative Caucus, Senator Zargo has ensured unity among members of the Caucus to the extent that the visit of the President to the county with all lawmakers at the time were oppositions past without any incident of protest or otherwise. Secondly, Senator Zargo has served as the lone Senator of our County for nearly a year providing representation at the level of the Senate. This is unprecedented in the history of Liberia’s democracy for a single Senator to serve in the Liberian Senator for this period of time without a second Senator, especially for one of Liberia’s biggest counties with six of the sixteen tribes of Liberia. Therefore, we cannot sit and allow all of these great contributions of our outstanding son of the County to go by without recognition and certificating him,” the Lofa Eye Publisher maintained.