As the 2107 elections come closer, the country continues to witness the crossing over of politicians from one party to another, while petition programs are becoming common with citizens pledging their political support to those they believe can represent their interests at the level of the presidency and other elected positions.
The latest petitioning ceremony took place in the mineral rich town of Henry town in Bopolu District, Gbarpolu County, when hundreds of citizens and residents from Korninga Chiefdom as well as surrounding towns and villages converged to appreciate, petition and gown their district Representative Alfred Koiwood. According to the Gbarpolu citizens, the decision to petition Rep. Koiwood is predicated upon the rapid development Bopolu district now witnessed after so many years. They said such sustainable developmental gains speak not only that Rep. Koiwood is a true son of the soil, but has his county and fellow kinsmen at heart and as such he deserves a second term. In their statement of support read by Morris Massaquoi, the citizens noted they are self-assured that their decision is no mistake, but in the right direction for growth and development of their lives and county. They catalogued some of the development initiatives of Rep. Koiwood such as the empowerment of women through his contribution of 400,000 Liberian dollars Village Loan Scheme to hundreds of market women. “It is through your representation we are proud to speak of a driving and computer school program practically free for the citizens, mainly women and youth,” the citizens outlined. The petition statement also catalogued the continuous support to upgrading the educational system through scholarship scheme for primary, secondary and university students as well as the construction of three schools and teachers quarter in Henry Town by the lawmaker. The appreciation and petitioning ceremony was graced by women, youth traditional leaders, chiefs, elders and citizens from across and beyond the district. They also recalled the delivery of thirty generators at the cost of US$13,000 for the electrification of nine towns. The statement also underscored some key Legislations including An Act establishing a Magisterial Court in Gongbeyah Chiefdom, among others. “The establishment of a Magisterial Court in Gongbeyah Chiefdom has significantly helped the Police to ensure and maintain law and order,” they expressed. According to them, the provision of safe drinking water became a paramount concern of their lawmaker which prompted the construction of hand pumps worth US$11,000 in Henry Town for use by citizens in the area and surrounding towns and villages. The citizens praised Rep. Koiwood, while urging him to continue his able representation at the Capitol, noting that his love for humanity goes beyond religious, tribal and political divide. Receiving the petition statement, Representative Koiwood described the move as a clear demonstration of good score for him since he entered the House of Representatives in 2012. But the lawmaker was quick to note that such score given him the citizens will not cause him to become complacent, but to work harder for those who entrusted him with state power and have reposed their confidence in him for a second term. Representative Koiwood who also Chairs the House Committee on National Security said he remains focused and will not deterred by political detractors, but will do what it requires to ably represent his people.