Samuel Ngaima Runs
Robert Sayon Morris
Dr. Samuel Ngaima
As the general and presidential elections in Liberia draw near, Dr. Samuel Kpehe Ngaima, a prominent citizen of Lofa County, has declared his intention to contest a senatorial seat for Lofa County.
Dr. Ngaima says he wants to become a Senator in order to "foster good governance and accountability in the Liberian Government, create a strong private sector, implement quality healthcare, an efficient educational system and a productive civil service."
Dr. Ngaima also plans to execute a "County Planning Council, which will undertake policy formulation, and strategic planning with maximum participation of all Lofa citizens in the cultivation of the County's natural resources."
Who is Dr.
Dr. Samuel Kpehe Ngaima, Sr. formerly called Ngolo, was born on August 24, 1946 onto the union of the late elder John Ngaima and the late Madam Korpo Finda Ngaima, in Ndawuyalahun Town, Kalahun District, Lofa County, Liberia. His paternal grand father, the late old man Ndorlay Ndawuya was the most famous Blacksmith in the Gbandi Chiefdown. He made bows and arrows for ethnic wars, cutlass and hoes for cultivating the soil from hard rocks. His maternal grand father came from Kayia Beindu, Kissi Chiefdown, and Lofa County.
Dr. Ngaima is the first of his father's children and the only surviving child of his mother. He is married with several children. His first three daughters have bachelor's degrees in Nursing. Two of his sons have bachelor's degrees, one in computer technology and the other in marketing while others are in colleges expecting to complete soon.
Dr. Ngaima is commonly referred to as Sam Ngaima by his peers and colleagues. He holds a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree in Applied Management and Decision Science from Walden University in Minneapolis, Advanced Certificate in Public Administration at Hamline University, St. Paul, Minnesota- the first private university in the State of Minnesota.
Sam also holds a Master's degree in Business Administration with specialization in Accounting from Southeastern University, Washington D.C. and a Bachelor's degree in Education with specialization in Sociology from the University of Liberia, Monrovia Liberia.
Dr. Ngaima graduated from the Zorzor Rural Teacher Training Institute in Lofa County, with a High School and a Class A Teaching Certificate, after attending St. Cyprian Junior High School and St. Agnes Elementary Schools at the Holy Cross Episcopal Mission, Bolahun, Lofa County, Liberia. Sam financed his own education from the 8th grade to Ph. D. and he is therefore familiar with the struggle by the poor for education.
Prior to the civil war in Liberia, Dr. Ngaima held several positions of trust in Government, business, and private enterprises, including Financial Controller of the National Port Authority of Liberia, National Treasurer of the National Democratic Party of Liberia (NDPL), Business Manager at the Office of the Vice President of Liberia, Financial Controller at the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, Regional Planning Officer, Ministry of Planning and Economic Affairs.
He also served as Student Leader, and a Public School Teacher. While in the United States, he worked as a Realtor/Consultant for MSN Real Estate Ltd, Faculty/Instructor -Capella University, Administrator/CEO of Family Sources, Inc. all in Minneapolis, Minnesota; Case Manager, Little Flowers Children Services in Brooklyn, New York, and Management Accountant with the Episcopal Mission Society in New York City among others.
Dr. Ngaima began public service as a public school teacher for seven years, beginning in 1967, at one of the most remote rural schools, Poluma Public School in Waum Clan, Kissi Chiefdown, then Kolahun District, now, Foyia District. He was later transferred to Kolahun Elementary and High School in Kolba City, Kolahun District, Lofa County, Liberia.
Upon completion of his college education at the University of Liberia, Dr. Ngaima briefly worked at the Ministry of Planning and Economic Affairs, from where he became Financial Controller for the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, under the progressive and dynamic leadership of Dr. Abeodu B. Jones as Minister. In this position, Dr. Ngaima assisted several Liberians including Lofa Citizens.
For those students who could not be employed at the Ministry of Health and needed help, Dr. Ngaima provided financial assistance from his personal resources in the form scholarships for them to obtain their education in several high schools and at the University of Liberia.
In 1985, Dr. Ngaima was appointed Financial Controller at the National Port Authority of Liberia, after obtaining a Master's Degree in Accounting. In this position, Dr. Ngaima did not only provide financial assistance to needy Lofa citizens but he again hired more than 20 Lofa Citizens in various positions ranging from departmental heads, supervisors, accountants and other positions. Many of these people are still working at the Port Authority and making important contributions to the economic development of Liberia. Some of these outstanding Lofa citizens are making meaningful contribution not only to Lofa County but also to Liberia. Dr. Ngaima is from a small town with less than 10 houses; hence, he believes that with sincere efforts and hard work anyone can make it to the top.
Since the civil war began in Liberia, Sam has sponsored and brought into the United States more than 37 Liberians, most of whom are not his biological relatives. The majority of these Liberians are in the State of Minnesota, United States of America. He has personally paid fares, filled affidavit of support, provided room and board for many of these people. As a refugee in Freetown, Sierra Leone, Dr. Ngaima rented a six-bed room house, where he hosted and fed many Liberian families, single, old and young Liberians, many of whom were from Lofa County. Citizens in Minnesota and Liberia are aware of this sponsorship and humanitarian act of Dr. Ngaima.
After the 1997 General and Presidential election, which brought Mr. Charles Taylor to power, hopes for peace and stability led Dr. Ngaima to acquire more than 850 books for the students of Kolahun Public High School. He personally paid for the shipment of these books from Minnesota to Kolahun free of charge to the students. When Dr. Ngaima obtained his Ph.D in 2002, again, he shipped in partnership with Dr. Harry Fomba Moniba, more than two thousand (2000) elementary, high school and college books to be distributed by the Kolahun University Students Association at the University of Liberia. As Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Association of Lofa Citizens in Minnesota, Dr. Ngaima has obtained more than 25,000 books for the students of Lofa County. The books are now being packed and are awaiting shipment by the Association of Lofa Citizens in Minnesota.
In its recent
convention in Detroit, Michigan, members of the Board of Directors of
the Federation of Lofa County Associations in the America unanimously
elected Dr. Samuel K. Ngaima, Sr. as the National Chairman of the Board
of Directors. In this position, Dr. Ngaima has a great vision for the
reconstruction of the infrastructures and building of human resources
of Lofa County. Since his election as National Chairman of the Board of
Directors, he has embarked on negotiations with several American cities
for sister-city relationship with cities in Lofa County. Examples of such
initiatives in progress include sister cities' relationship between Detroit
and Kolba City, Minneapolis and Voinjama city, St. Paul and Zorzor city
to name a few.
Dr. Ngaima is involved in various social and philanthropic activities in Liberia, and the United States for the benefit of Liberians, especially Lofa citizens. Over the years, Dr. Ngaima has made financial contributions to religious and other philanthropic organizations including but not limited to St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Bolahun, Holy Cross Episcopal Church in Kolahun, St. Stephen's Episcopal Church all in Liberia. The Universal Ministries Church, Victory Chapel of God in Christ and St. James's Episcopal Church all Liberian based churches in Minnesota. Others include Lofa County Refugees Association in the Refugee Camp in Ghana, Books For Africa, Lofa County Women Association, and the Liberian Project, a United States philanthropic organization in the Washington DC Metro-area, which has shipped many needed materials and supplies to Lofa County since the civil war.
Sam began his political career as a student leader, President of the Lofa County University Students Association at the University of Liberia between 1975-1976. During his administration, university students nation wide, for the first time in the history of the True Whig Party, officially participated in the National Convention of that party, which was held in Voinjama City, Lofa Couty, Liberia, with the hope of introducing important changes and modifications in the Party's Platform. Shortly after obtaining his master's degree, Dr. Ngaima offered his professional and accounting services, without financial compensation or any economic rewards, to the National Democratic Party of Liberia (NDPL), and he was later elected National Treasurer of the Party, again with the hope of advancing practical changes in the policies, activities and platform of the party for good governance. He, therefore, did not accept a salary for this position.
Although, his parents were killed by forces loyal to Charles Taylor in the Liberian civil war, Dr. Ngaima refused to join any warring faction or support any one who engaged in the destruction of our Country, Lofa in particular and Liberia in general. Sam Ngaima's vision is characterized by general "Neutrality", throughout the difficult period and history of the Liberian civil war. While he may have been approached by several leaders of warring factions and had the resources to support or to join them, Dr. Ngaima rejected proposals for joining any group to kill our people and therefore, he remained neutral. He therefore believes that we should forgive each other as Liberians and that the guns cannot solve our problems.
Dr. Ngaima has published the following:
in the Liberian National Conflict: Views from Liberian Expatriates,"
Candidate has received
Father of the Year, Victory Chapel Church, 2004
does Dr. Ngaima intend
your Senator from Lofa County, we shall aggressively promote in the National
Legislature rural transformation through political and fiscal decentralization
situation, peace and stability will be the priority. The focus of our
Civil War led to some unspeakable atrocities which have
shall be responsible for resolving grievances, wrongs and
Reconciliation Council shall consist of two members from
shall establish committees to assist the Council in its task and it shall
hold public hearings from time to time on matters affecting the public
Council will bridge the ethnic, religious, political, social
experiences of the civil war must serve as catalysts to reconcile our
and platform further provides for sectoral reconstructional policies and
A. THE AGRICULTURAL SECTOR RECONSTRUCTION COUNCIL (ASRC)
of the Agricultural Sector Reconstruction Council is to formulate
we shall establish a ten-year Restructured Agricultural Policy and
and Infrastructural development in rural Liberia: We in Lofa County will
establish new structures, agricultural policies and programs for infrastructural
growth, hence, the ASRC will design policies, programs and structures
ECONOMIC AND INDUSTRIAL SECTOR RECONSTRUCTION
of the Economic and Industrial Sector and Revitalization Council is to
formulate policies, design and implement plans and projects for the inclusive,
comprehensive, equitable and simultaneous provision of economic and industrial
infrastructural services for all of the people of Lofa County leaving
no citizen and community uninvolved.
2. The construction and pavement of the highway from Gbarnga to Mandicoma, Sierra Leone border in Lofa County should be a priority project simultaneously enhancing transportation, communication and investment industries.
3. The reactivation
of the Wologisi Mines, Airports, food processing industry, development
of materials for electricity and industrial power are projects for the
activation of our industrial and manufacturing sector and the provision
of jobs in our communities.
The objective of the Social Services Sector Reconstruction Council is to formulate policies, design, and implement plans and projects for comprehensive, and simultaneous provision of social services (Education, Health, Housing, etc.) for all of the people of Lofa County. Restructured Education, a Health Care and Housing Policies and programs with adequate investment are the foundation for sustainable human development. This Council shall consist of not less than 18 members (3 members from each District) and will create several committees for action and development of sustainable human capital in Lofa County, which shall include the following programs and actions:
1. Educational Reconstruction:
As we have already begun supplying books to Lofa County, we believe that education plays a critical and important role in the economic, social, political and religious development of Lofa County, like any other region of Liberia. Education inspires patriotic obligations and opportunities of citizens to preserve social and political tranquility and promote economic viability for all Lofanians.
shall plan and establish an educational system that will ensure quality
education and academic excellence at all levels of educational institutions
in Lofa County, and establish genuine partnership for private, public,
government and donor agencies to invest in our students, teachers, and
educational institutions and not in ARMS.
programs will ensure that Lofa County continues to top the
We shall advance a successful system of educational assessment and national evaluation for both students and teachers to ensure success and quality education. We shall establish safe neighborhood community programs in partnership with community residents and county leaders (elected and appointed administrators) to ensure co-existence and prevent crimes throughout Lofa County.
2. Health- Care And Safety Committee:
and productivity of Lofa County depends on the type of health care
We shall establish a program of revolving funds in each District within Lofa County, which has been experimented in Kolahun District by Dr. Andrew Cole, prior to the civil war. The revolving fund system will be used to supplement the national health care delivery system with a focus on preventive services for the control and prevention of diseases, while curative measures and treatment will be provided. We shall promote and seek assistance to implement food and nutritional services, especially for pre-school age and K-12 students in all sections of Lofa County.
Public safety is vital to the working of modern democracy and must be restored and provided without preconditions, which are the responsibilities of officers of government. We shall advocate that public safety personnel be well trained to properly carry out their functions, and ensure that they must receive adequate pay based on graded compensation scale in order to prevent or minimize abuse of public trust.
3. Affordable Housing Program Committee:
shall put together a comprehensive plan for reconstruction and renovation
of affordable housing, mortgage guarantee loan programs and financial
assistance programs for residential housing development programs. The
committee shall further provide through involvement by the national government
action for the restoration of all public buildings, which were destroyed
in the civil war. Our places of worship shall be restored through charitable
grants and community efforts. It is time for Lofa County to have her own
Community banks, colleges, universities and hospitals in each district.
1. This vision (Platform) is a comprehensive protocol for the reconstruction of policies, plans, and the implementation of the Agricultural sector, Economic and Industrial sector; and the Social Services Sector development programs designed to leave no citizen and community in Lofa County behind, and thereby empowering them to achieve their natural God-given abilities and capabilities after the Liberian civil war (1989-2003)
2. We shall
create an environment in Lofa County where every Lofa citizen, wherever
he resides, and whatever the person's circumstances might be can feel
a part of and be a
2. Our aim is to make Lofa County second to none in Liberia. With the support of our dynamic, progressive, intelligent and resourceful citizens of Lofa County, we shall transform our county into a model of Free-Zone Investment and a cradle of Liberian democracy and comprehensive development, prosperity, and unlimited progress not only for Lofa County but also for all of our fellow Liberians. We once had a beautiful Lofa County and we shall have another one for generations to come by rebuilding families, social values, and empowering local communities to take charge of their own destinies. Our vision is to once more have a vibrant, transformed county where a new dawn will come on all of the citizens of Lofa County to equally enjoy and preserve for future generations."
Citizens of five districts in Lofa County (Kolahun, Foyia, Voinjama, Zorzor and Salayea) recently petitioned Dr. Samuel Kpehe Ngolo Ngaima to contest the Lofa County senatorial position in the ensuring General Election in Liberia next year. The Superintendent attested the petition.
The petitioners described Dr. Ngaima as a devoted husband, a good father, a divine humanitarian, Administrator/CEO, an Executive/Consultant, a University Professor, Specialist, Manager, Teacher, an experienced and dedicated Politician, and a renowned and true son of Lofa County.
They said Dr. Ngaima has made many financial contributions to religious and other philanthropic organizations, including contributions to churches, the donation of 850 Books to Kolahun Public Schools in 1997, more than 2,000 books shipped to Monrovia, with meager assistance from Dr. Harry F. Moniba, to be distributed to Liberian Schools.
Liberian Church Honors Dr. Samuel Ngaima
The Victory Chapel United Church of God in Christ in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota on Sunday, August 15, 2004 honored Dr. Samuel Ngaima as Special Father of the Year 2004-2005.
In a statement, the Church Administrator, Deacon Zephaniah W. Kaffey, indicated that Dr. Ngaima had been unanimously selected by the men of the church to be honored. Deacon Kaffey said Dr. Ngaima's selection was based on the honoree's " faithfulness and his many invaluable contributions to the growth of the church, the Liberian community and humanity in general."
Speaking earlier, Dr. Ngaima admonished Lofa Citizens to unite and rebuild their county. He said, "as a result of the Liberian Civil War, Lofa County is the most destroyed political sub division in Liberia."
He thanked God and the church for the honor bestowed upon him. He said as a son of Lofa County " this honor must first be attributed to the Great People of Lofa County."