Representative Josephine George Francis, of Montserrado County District #1 has told more than two hundred of her constituents that she has made tremendous achievement in her last seven months of incumbency at the Legislature.
Speaking in the Township of Kingsville # 7 on Friday during direct interactive discussions with her constituents at the latest edition of recently launched USAID sponsored NDI/LMDI radio programs named, the LEGISLATIVE SPOTLIGHT", Representative Francis outlined several initiatives she claims credit for.
Hon. Francis named the passage of 25 bills with her active participation alongside three bills she said were the result of her personal initiative. She named the three bills as an Act to Establish and Construct Magistrate Court in Todee Township. She says the construction would begin this dry season. The second initiative, Rep. Francis said was the ratification of an agreement with the World Bank and other International groups for the provision of U.S. $25 million dollars to rehabilitate Cocoa and Coffee farms in Lofa County. This bill, Mrs. Francis says will help 15 thousand Lofa County farmers, mostly women whose Cocoa and Coffee farms were destroyed by the war. In addition, the Representative says the agricultural aid will provide jobs for the youths.
The third bill, which Hon. Josephine Francis said she pushed for was a World Bank Rural Electrification Project Bill titled: Lighting Africa. She said the rural electrification will cater for rural communities. She called the three initiatives National.
Regarding specific programs in her district, the Montserrado County Representative disclosed that nearly US$200,000 was in the district coffers from social and county development. These were funds she said she had advocated for in her short time at the Legislature.
She said the money will be used for projects in education, health, sanitation and road rehabilitation. She specifically named the construction of a high school in Todee Township within her district.
On other fronts, the Montserrado County District #1 Representative called for continual interactive engagements with the people, calling the NDI/LMDI initiated interactive platform a worthwhile venture for strengthening Liberia's Democracy. The forum lasted for two hours and witnessed direct interactive exchanges between the Lawmaker and her constituents. The people asked questions mainly about practical developments within district #1 and her plans to achieve them.
The LEGISLATIVE SPOTLIGHT is an NDI/LMDI initiative with support from the USAID working to increase public Awareness on the 53rd Legislature and establish a link between the lawmakers and their constituents.