The Grand Bassa County Association in the America's held its 5th Annual Retreat in the Coastal City of Fort Pierce, Florida where the Representative of District # 5 of Grand Bassa County, Honorable Robertson Siaway, became the center of attentions, winning many recognitions and awards including a personal meeting with the recently re-elected Vice President of the United States, Joe Biden.
The Grand Bassa County lawmaker was the special guest of honor for the annual event that was recently concluded.
For the past five years, the US-based Bassa organization has characterized its annual retreat with invitations of Bassa lawmakers and other prominent personalities but this year's event took a
different dimension with Representative Siaway's suggestion for the Association to include agriculture to its two components of health and education.
He, through a resolution, convinced the Association's Board of Directors to put more emphasis on scholarships in the area of agriculture which he noted will lead to self-reliance, believing that
this can only happen when "our people are trained to enhance their lot from their God's given natural resources, especially in the area of farming".
Hon. Siaway's intervention now means that the Association will now be awarding scholarships in all three areas of concentration that includes health (nursing), education and agriculture.
The Honorable Lawmaker said the Bassa people can deliver themselves from being 'takers' to 'producers' of crops that can make them financially stable.
A significant contribution left behind by Hon. Siaway is his invitation for the 2014 Annual Retreat to be hosted in Liberia.
A hallmark of Representative Siaway's visit was his attendance of a function with the US Vice President Joe Biden who was a guest of Mr. Jerome Gayman, President of the Grand Bassa County Association in the Americas. Mr Gayman also was a Fellow with the Barack Obama Campaign named Organize for America.
A delighted Hon. Siaway said he was honored to have been in the right place at the right time and having a son of Bassa in Mr. Gayman having such an important role in re-electing the President of the United States.
Earlier, Fort Pierce's Deputy City Mayor, Hon. Reginald Sessions, the County Administrator, Ms. Faith Outlaw and the Chief of Police, Mr. Sean Baldwin all welcomed the Bassa lawmaker to the US city.
During the event at the college, Hon. Siaway thanked the city of Fort Pierce, and St. Lucie County for such a glorious welcome. He pressed the good people of Florida and the United States to continue to work with the Grand Bassa County Association in the Americas, Inc. in bringing development to Grand Bassa County and Liberia in general.
At a formal banquet, the City Mayor, Hon. Robert Benton, presented the key of the city to Hon. Siaway while the Chief of the Fort Pierce Police Department honored Hon. Siaway by making him an honorary Police Chief and presented him with an autographed Chief of Police Hat. In
addition, the women of Fort Pierce and the women of the Bassa organization presented gifts of honor to Mrs. Siaway.
During his US visit, Representative Siaway also visited the University of Florida College of Agriculture and Research Institute where he was given a tour and was honored with the Seal of the College. The US College then pledged to work with the lawmaker on agricultural projects in the near future.
Hon. Siaway and Mrs. Siaway also visited and toured the Palm Beaches and many other industries on the Treasure Coast.
Now back home, the Grand Bassa lawmaker says he is ready to meet the challenges facing his district as well as advance with plans he has had under his sleeves.
"Making sure that my district has farm-to-market roads and good school and health facilities are my priorities as I return to the District in few days", Representative Siaway noted.