September 14, 2016 By Joseph S. Margai
Current Deputy Chairperson of the Western Area Rural District Council (WARDC), Margret Kargbo, has declared her intention to become chairman of the council in the forthcoming Local Council elections.
She made her intention known last Friday at WARDC’s conference hall in Waterloo where hundreds of All People’s Congress party supporters had converged to publicly support her bid.
She said her intention to declare for the position was as a result of a burning desire to fix many things in the rural district to beteer the lot of inhabitants. She added though that current Chairman, Alhassan Cole, has done a lot to transform the council over the last 10 years.
Highlighting her achievements as a councilor and Deputy Chairperson of council, she said in 2012 she lobbied for vegetable women to get working experience in agriculture in South Africa, adding that when the women returned they were able to add value to their crops, thus earning a lot more income.
“I have also been lobbying for scholarship for the students of this district and most of them are now at various tertiary institutions. I have facilitated the provision of clean and safe drinking water facility in my ward at Leicester and Gloucester,” she said.
The female councilor said that if given the chance to become chairperson of the council, she would prioritise women’s issues as they are the most vulnerable in society.
“I will not be gender bias but women will rise to higher height if I am elected chairperson of the council. I have plans for women and children as well as transforming our district to a better one,” she said.
Explaining why she joined the ruling All People’s Congress, she said her forefathers were full time supporters of the party and that she did a lot to ensure that the party returns to power in 2007.
The teacher-cum-politician said her contribution to knowledge has yield dividend as many of her past students are now working at various institutions in society, adding if given the chance to lead the council much would be achieved in terms of development.
Making a statement, Chairman Alhassan Cole told the gathering that under his chairmanship, he had been given enough time to Councilor Margret Kargbo to gain experience his deputy.
“My tenure is now coming to an end and I will surely leave but I want someone who will take care of this council and develop the various communities within the district. I have worked with Councilor Margret Karbgo for two terms now at the council and she has proven herself very well,” he said, matter-of-factly endorsing her.