Private Citizens Clean Up Parts of Ganta

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GANTA, Nimba – A group of private citizens has embarked on a campaign to clean up parts of Ganta.

The Friends of Samuel N. Brown Network in Liberia launched its exercises on Thursday, October 27 and aims to target major public areas in the city, beginning with the Ganta Cemetery.

Before the work started, the chairman of the group, Adadda Smith, made a presentation of gifts to the mayor of Ganta. The items included 56 bags of rice, 30 cartons of fish and chickens, 200 sacks of mineral water, 31 pieces of shovels, 53 cutlasses, and 200 brooms.

The perishable items were intended for the communities participating in the cleaning exercise while the cleaning equipment were provided to the city government.

Samuel Brown (left), Mayor Benjamin Dokpa (center), watch as Adadda Smith presents gifts to city. Photo: Arrington Ballah

Samuel Brown (left), Mayor Benjamin Dokpa (center), watch as Adadda Smith presents gifts to city. Photo: Arrington Ballah

In response, Mayor Benjamin Dopka commended the group for its support to the city. He said he and members of the city council were pleasantly surprised by the group’s initiative.

“I can remember that the last time such a thing happened was during the days of my predecessor, Dorr Cooper, and this was during the [Liberia Youth Empowerment Program] project,” Dokpa added.

He promised to work with the network in fostering development in the city and encouraged other groups to follow their lead. “This is not only to your group,” the mayor said. “We will be grateful to any other group that will come up to help clean our city.”

Ganta’s Mayor Benjamin Dokpa joins the cleaning-up exercise by brushing fields. Photo: Arrington Ballah

Ganta’s Mayor Benjamin Dokpa joins the cleaning-up exercise by brushing fields. Photo: Arrington Ballah

Meanwhile, Samuel N. Brown, who sponsored the initiative, lauded the city for its support, adding, “This would be an initiative that other mayors would easily not agree to, but here, [the mayor] is a part of the process today – so I must commend him.”

Only several days after the cleaning exercises, Brown accepted a petition by citizens on Saturday to run for representative of Nimba’s first district.

Featured photo by Arrington Ballah

Arrington Ballah

A resident of Ganta, Nimba County, Arrington has a background working with credit unions and other organizations dedicated to rural finance.

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