Nimba By-election: Senator Koung Describes Ongoing Road Rehabilitation in Ganta as Mere Political Development, Vows to do same for His Candidate

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Senator Jeremiah Kpan Koung of Nimba County has described as mere political development the ongoing road rehabilitation works across Ganta and has promised the people of District #1 to begin similar project for his candidate in the ensuing By-election of the District.

The former District #1 lawmaker speaking to citizens on a local radio station (Radio Sletorwah) in Ganta on Friday night referenced the project as political development and sees it as a trap to only capture the minds of electorates of the populous District.

Mr. Koung said in his statement, “ if that political development, don’t worry. The roads them here plenty, we’ll bring some of the machines and start some of the roads projects too whether that rainy season and mud there all we know…we’ll do road.”

“We Know how to do it [political development]. We understand it, so we all will do it.” The Senator continued.

Senator Jeremiah Kpan Koung in Radio Sletorwah studio
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Senator Jeremiah Kpan Koung in Radio Sletorwah studio

The Friends of Samuel N. Brown Network (FOSNB-Network) a major supporting arm of Businessman turned politician and an aspirant of the vacant District #1 seat Mr. Samuel N. Brown Sr. commenced the rehabilitation of major community roads in Ganta last month in a quest to alleviate the challenges of deplorable road conditions faced by citizens across the trade city and the District by extension.

Cardinal amongst the projects include laying out and grading of major streets, construction of coverts and drainages.

Pic Courtesy: Daniel Bonah Jr  FOSNB at converts construction site on major community roads in Ganta
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FOSNB at converts construction site on major community roads in Ganta

Brown contested the 2017 election against former representative Koung and established himself at the time as one of the lead contenders against Mr. Koung who was vying to be retained.

Despite the tough political battle, Koung was finally declared winner by the National Elections Commission (NEC) and maintained as representative for a second consecutive time, thereby defeating Mr. Brown and the other contestants.

Notwithstanding, Senator Koung revealed that he is not against anyone aspiring to occupy the top vacant seat of the District in the upcoming By-election.

“I am not against anyone in this [By-election] election.” He said.

Road network has been a major problem for residents of District #1 which Mr. Koung claimed a back-to-back representative seat of between 2011 and 2020 before ascending to the post of senator.

Last year, inhabitants of the LPRC Community in Ganta could barely find it easy to leave or get at their respective homes due to bad road network.

Success Community, one the biggest communities in the City was almost cut off from the rest of the city as a result of poor and inaccessible road conditions especially during rainy season.

The last time a road reconditioning was done across Ganta and District #1 was late 2014 and early 2015 during the regime of Mr. David Dorr Cooper as the Development Superintendent of Nimba.

Ever since that time, many communities have been suffering from road connectivity especially new communities that have been created over the course of time.

Therefore, citizens have been overwhelmed by the opening of streets in the community by Mr. Brown and his Friends of Samuel N. Brown Network (FOSNB-Network) in recent weeks.

During Honorable Koung’s nine years reign as representative of the District, road connectivity was always a heavy challenge for citizens as he was mostly concentrated on health and education which saw him built the Esther and Jereline Medical Center (one of the two hospitals in Ganta and District #1), the annexes of J. W. Pearson and Pearson Extension High schools (both government owned) amongst other as some of his major achievements.

On the issue of whom to support in the November 16 By-election, the Senator said he is not going to support a candidate because they supported him in previous elections. Instead, he is backing a person whom he thinks is fully capable to ably represent the constituents.

“Not because you supported me so I’m supporting you, no. I’m supporting you because I feel when you get in the House, you’ll stand and command your colleagues’ respect.”

Koung said to reecho his decision to support Prof. Francis Nyah Maweah in the pending By-election of the District.

“When it comes to political thing (development), just watch you’ll soon see Francis Maweah doing his own of development too.

It’s election development, everybody will do it so don’t bother about that one.” He concluded.

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