The Inquirer (Monrovia)

4 January 2013

Liberia: Worsonga Town in Lofa Honors Minister Woods

Worsonga Town, the home town of Vice President Joseph N. Boakai on December 25, honored Public Works Minister Samuel Kofi Woods, when he accompanied the Vice President to celebrate the Christmas festivities in Lofa County.

In a brief program, the people of Worsonga converged at the town hall, and amidst songs and excitement expressed their appreciation for the Minister's visit to the town.

Worsonga is a border town in Lofa County, with Sierra Leone. The huge gathering included Representative Eugene Fallah Kparkar of District #1, Town Chief Saah Karsue and Lofa Superintendent George S. Dumor.

In remarks, Minister Woods expressed his appreciation to join the Vice President to visit his home town, for the Christmas celebrations.

"I have known the Vice President for a long time," Minister Woods said. "He's been a father and has contributed to who I am today," the Minister added. The gathering of men and women responded with thunderous applause.

He recalled when Vice President Boakai employed him at the YMCA in Monrovia and in government he has been his mentor.

He told the gathering that the town of Worsonga is the product of some of the best minds of Liberia. "Worsonga gave us a leader and also a Minister of Labor who is now a Minister of Public Works," VP Boakai intimated.

On a recent trip to Senegal, Minister Woods said Vice President Boakai asked him to visit with him to his home town and he was indeed glad to be there with them.

He added that his association with the Vice President in the past two months has been an important part of his own development. He told them his presence in Lofa is to get the roads in the city of Voinjama paved.

"Voinjama City will no longer have dust," Minister Woods told the cheering crowd. "Your city will be like Monrovia."

He told them that besides the 10-feeder road project, there are three other road projects to ensure that cities in Lofa County benefit from roads that will provide easy mobility for the citizens.

He then expressed gratefulness to the people of Lofa County and told them that the county has good people with the government to make sure that not only Lofa County, but that Liberia is built for the people to be happy.

Meanwhile, Minister Woods was gowned and presented with a goat. He was also named Saah Worsonga, for his role to ensure development in Lofa County.

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