By Philip N. Wesseh (PNW)
I always said that I am one Liberian with consanguineous relationships with people from many counties. One of such county is Sinoe, one of the original counties of this country. My aunt, a retired police officer Maj. Elizabeth Blaye, who reared me, is a member of the Karboh ethnic group of that county, and so, besides being a Liberian, I have a stake in that county, likewise with Grand Bassa and Rivercess Counties because of my late mother.
Besides the issue of consanguinity, most of the leaders of the county are people I am acquainted with and therefore I abhor such childish play being displaced by some of them. This is why over the years Icontinue to comment with great disappointment what has been obtaining among or between the leadership of the county. It is an open secret that Sinoe County continues to be faced with leadership crisis as those who are leaders, including lawmakers and local leaders continue to be at loggerheads, thus undermining development in the country. Today, the county is the only sub-division of the country that is “superintendentless.” I recall that when now Senator Milton Teahjay was Superintendent of the county, he and some members of the legislative caucus of the county, could not see eye-to-eye. At one point, he was held for contempt for disrespect to Representative Matthew Zarzar.
When Senator Teahjay left the post after being elected to the Senate, his Deputy, Romeo Quiah, took over as Superintendent. Misunderstanding ensued later between the new Superintendent and the Caucus, which led to the Caucus, unconstitutionally, declaring a “Vote Of No Confidence” in Superintendent Quiah, something that prompted the resignation of Superintendent Quiah. Reports say he has been asked to hold on until the new Superintendent is confirmed.
Interestingly, as the county awaits to receive the newly nominated Superintendent, there are reports that the very senator who suffered legislative wrath once, is the one blocking the confirmation of the new Superintendent, something he confirmed when he appeared on the Truth FM morning show on grounds that the Krus and Sarpos have been in the county leadership for a protracted period and that it was time for the Jlepos. Because of this, the confirmation hearing has been stalled at the Capitol of this vicegerent of the President. For the past few days, I have been following Senator Teahjay and Acting Superintendent Quiah on the situation in the county as they appeared on talk shows. Indeed, from their utterances, one can logically deduce that there is leadership problem in the county and that anyone following this would observe that there is deceit, hypocrisy, arrogance, power greed and selfishness. These are the vices that are contributing to this ugly situation in the county.
Sometimes when things go wrong in this country, people always attribute this to illiteracy. Can we then say that the leaders of Sinoe are illiterate? Certainly, I say NO! They are lettered because there is a difference between being lettered and being educated. An educated person possesses certain qualities and virtues that he or she uses for the advancement of the society. But in the case of some of the leaders of this great county, they are not behaving as educated people.
Observably, what is obtaining in the county is the lack of leadership skills and abilities which are tied to the THREE C’s- Cooperation, Coordination and Collaboration.” There are many definitions regarding leadership.But the one I admire is that which says that “leadership is both a research area and a practical skill, regarding the ability of an individual or organization to “lead” or guide other individuals, teams, or entire organizations. Additionally, leadership is to live by examples so that people would follow for the general good of the society. Has the county leadership live by examples?
To this, I say a BIG NO! There are no good examples being shown by some of these leaders for citizens to emulate. All that is being done is bickering, divisive politics, allegations, counter-allegations and mere braggadocio. What is more disgusting about the leadership crisis in that county is that those involved have known each other for a long time. More importantly, they are not strange to the challenges facing the county, and so it is nauseating to see this kind of mouse-and-cat relationship between and among leaders of the county.
I should not be misconstrued as suggesting that there would not be differences. NO, this is not the issue. Given our idiosyncrasies, there would always be differences. But what matters is to work on them, find a common ground to forge ahead, rather than engaging in child play like some of our Sinoe leaders. With what is obtaining in the county, I have come to realize that people going into leadership should be prepared for the task, as it entails a lot to be a successful leader. Seemingly, it appears that some of those who are leaders of the county are ill-prepared to handle such a herculean task of moving the county from backwaters to prosperity. I say this because it is unimaginable and inconceivable why this continued bickering, bad-mouthing and acrimonious exchanges by some of these leaders.
As I conclude, let me apologize to my late grandmother who taught me to be polite in dealing with leaders, as I deviate from this advice because what is obtaining is bringing the county to public disrepute and ridicule, as people of the county are now becoming laughing stocks. This is a county that continues to produce men and women, some of whom are in national leadership and so to see a few bringing disgrace and embarrassment to the country, there is a need to treat this bad sore with bad medicine to get healed. Until these leaders realize that they have to work together to move the county forward and not backward by avoiding the ongoing nonsense and foolishness among them; again, my apology to my late grandmother for the tone of this piece. I REST MY CASE.