Citizens of Gbapolu County on Saturday, April 23, 2016 gathered at the Bopolu City Hall to bestow honor and pour out blessings on their son, Amara M. Konneh, for his diligent service to Liberia.
“The work of your hands speaks volume. We are proud of you as a son of this county (Gbapolu). We have come to honor outgoing Minister of Finance and Development Planning, Amara M. Konneh for his dedicated service to country,” Miatta Tarnue, City Mayor of Bopolu, told her audience. According to Mayor Tarnue, it is the hard work of Minister Konneh that has won him local and international recognitions. She added that the county is proud to have a son of his kind and urged him to continue to do his utmost best as he goes to Kenya in few weeks. “We have come to give you your flowers while you are still alive,” Mayoy Tarnue said. The Bopolu City Mayor named the administrative building in Gbamah; the construction of junior and senior high schools; latrines, hand pumps; maternity ward among others as some of the contributions of Minister Konneh to the county. For his part, Gbarpolu County Senator, Daniel Flomo Naatehn said the county’s Legislative Caucus is proud of the work Minister Konneh did during his stay in government by leading revenue generation and development efforts. Senator Naatehn told his kinsmen at the program that the outgoing minister was instrumental in making sure that revenues were generated under difficult circumstances. In response, Minister Konneh said he is humbled by the recognition from his people because according to him, of all the honors he has received, the one from his home county is the highest. “Of all the honors and farewell, the best is the one your own people give you. I stand before you to say that I appreciate this from my heart. Thank you very much. I was hesitant to come for this honor because I don’t think I have done much to deserve it but the City Mayor of Bopolu, Miatta Tarnue insisted that the leadership of the county wanted to appreciate me for the little I have done,” Minister Konneh said. He indicated that the “little success” he has had is not as a result of the level of education acquired but the prayers and blessings of his people. The outgoing Finance and Development Planning Minister pointed out that whatever the leadership saw as good work done by him was not carried out singlehandedly. Therefore, he decline to take credit for it absolutely. “President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf trusted me with the position and the Liberian Senate consented to that trust to give a son of Gbarpolu a chance. So, when I started doing my work, the first thing I thought about was that small town I came from. Ma Bendu Kamara was the midwife who handled the delivery process of my mother. She is right here in this hall. It is the result of the training our parents impacted into me that we are celebrating today. We are not celebrating me (Amara Konneh). We are celebrating our mother who raised us to be good boys; we are celebrating our father who taught us to work hard. We used to think that they were bad on us. But they were teaching us to be men. And so today, it is their prayers, your prayers, and your blessings that have made us to have the small success that we have,” Minister Konneh stated. Consequently, the Liberian Finance and Development Planning Minister said he owe his “little success” to his people and expressed how he wish he had done more. “Let me say to my people of Gbarpolu that I have not done anything yet. By the grace of God, I am going but I am here. This is the time I will work with you more because anything I do now, they will not say it is politics. Anything I do now, nobody will think that I want their job. Nobody will think that I want to be president. Nobody will think that I want to be vice president. I will be doing it because I love my people,” the Liberian treasury chief added. To the Bopolu District Students Association, he promised to contribute US$2,000 to their recently held fund raising initiative that will help students from the county in their quest to seek for more education. In addition to other development programs he would like to carry out in the county, Minister Konneh said he is contemplating on building a youth center. To this end, he disclosed that he will give ten percent of his World Bank salary every month for development initiatives in the county. “This is not an empty promise,” he intimated.