Grand Bassa County is one of the three original counties of Liberia along with Montserrado and Sinoe Counties.
It was established in 1833 with capital called Buchanan City, named in honored of Thomas Buchanan, an American who served as the first Governor of the Commonwealth of Liberia.
Buchanan City like other nearby Cities to Monrovia is most often lively during the weekends including holidays due to the coastal blessings and or beaches which normally attracts foreign and other residents for recreational purposes including its good road and proximity to Monrovia.
The County is strategically situated along the coastal and south eastern region of Liberia as fishing mainly for coastal residents is one of the major sources of livelihood/ survival including farming activities among others.
The Land of hospitality as it is widely known among Liberians and citizens of Grand Bassa started the 2019 year on a relatively unfortunate note with huge flooding situation affecting some residents in the County which is an annual one including the damaged bridge linking students and community residents to the Grand Bassa Community College as up till press time the bridge is yet to be reconstructed.
In March of 2019, the County was highly hit by the death of its senior Senator’s Husband (Adolph Lawrence through a car accident ) a situation that brought pain and shock wave to the County just hours after celebrating his Birthday in the County with his wife Nyonblee Karnga Lawrence, family members including citizens of Grand Bassa.
Then came July with the death news again of Senator Jonathan Kaipay’s wife, another big blow to the County.
In a move to regain strength while nursing the mourning wounds and to see how best to end the year happily, unfortunately in early November the County’s youngest serving Superintendent as far as the History of the County is concerned got involved in a tragic motor accident while heading back to Buchanan from Monrovia.
The accident according to latest information has led three persons dead while the Superintendent Janjay Baikpeh is currently experiencing both psychological and physical pains at the Firestone Du-Side Hospital.
According to an insider and due to the injury sustained, the Superintendent may seek further advance treatment as one of his eyes, neck including one of his legs is reportedly not in good condition.
Currently the County and its population including Liberians are heavily relying on God to help shower his blessings and grace to ensure the smiles resurface to the Land of Hospitality once more.
In the midst of the troubling moments for the County, there are some positive achievements:
In 2019, Government of Liberia disclosed the plan modernization of the Buchanan Port along with partners which will help generate revenue for the County including the creation of job opportunities.
At the same time there are plans in the making to build the first ever modern hair factory in the County, an initiative by First lady Mrs. Clar M. Weah to among other things hugely empower women of the County and the Country at large.
At the same time national Government through the National Port Authority’s initiative and others reopened the burned Liberia Government Referral Hospital in the County after the completion of the renovation work.
The Hospital caters not only to residents in Grand Bassa but other Counties in the region.
Additionally, in 2019 six sons and daughters of Grand Bassa left the soil for Ghana and South Africa respectively for master’s study in public and environmental health among others.
The initiative is under the auspices of Arcelor Mittal Liberia, a mining company operating in the County.
Currently there are preparations in the making for the County to host the opening ceremony of the 2019/2020 National County Sports meet, though there are some challenges but they are battling to address them.
Speaking to this media outlet Senator Jonathan Kaipay called for unity among the people of Grand Bassa and to ensure they seek the face of God for his total intervention on the County during such a difficult time for them including him as a widower.
The County with close proximity to Monrovia is also a politically charged County as open and covert political activities in the midst of the current odds is said to be ongoing ahead of the 2020 special senatorial elections .
The legislative caucus up till press time is yet to decide on individual or collective political lines but what is clear is that there are opposition and ruling lawmakers among the seven Lawmakers representing one of the populated Counties in Liberia.
As the County and people anticipates speedy recovery of their Superintendent, all citizens of Grand Bassa are seeking the face of God for his divine intervention.