Rep. Gwaikolo Says Road Construction Remains His Top Priority

MONROVIA, Montserrado – Rep. Johnson N. Gwaikolo of Nimba’s ninth electoral district has said road construction will be the major priority of his legislative agenda.

Road connectivity, especially during the rainy season, remains a challenge to residents in areas within the electoral district represented by Gwaikolo, including Gbi and Doru, Yarwein Mehnsonnoh, and Doe districts.

Gwaikolo is promising that road construction will be the hallmark of his leadership.

Speaking recently at the first stakeholders meeting involving citizens of the district in Monrovia, Gwaikolo noted that, with the elections being over, it is time for residents to rally around him “to ensure the overall development in the area.”

“Residents should put aside their personal and political differences and work in the interest of the district,” he added.

Gwaikolo said he will encourage the participation of all citizens of the district to form part of his leadership and developmental drive.

Gwaikolo represents an area that has seen residents of the Gbi and Doru Administrative District face marginalization to the point that they were advocating to secede from Nimba to join neighboring River Cess.

The Nimba lawmaker maintained that he would ensure that the people of Gbi and Doru will no longer be marginalized.

“All residents in the district will be included and consulted on administrative and development issues,” he said.

In 2011, Gwaikolo, a former deputy minister for administration at the Ministry of Public Works, contested the district seat and lost to R. Matenokay Tingban. In 2017, he was able to defeat Tingban.

Gwaikolo most recently served as the fourth president of the United Methodist University, a position he relinquished after defeating Tingban.

Featured photo by the National Elections Commission

Zeze Ballah

Zeze made his journalism debut as a high school reporter at the LAMCO Area School System. In 2016 and 2017, the Press Union of Liberia awarded Zeze with the Photojournalist of the Year award. Zeze was also the union's 2017 Health Reporter of the Year. He is a Health Journalism Fellow with Internews.

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