Samuel Woodie of Bathurst Village last Saturday won the Headman election beating Femi Barnes by 42 votes to 35. At the age of 35, he becomes the youngest ever Headman of the Village.
In a short interview with him after the elections, he said he felt very happy and joyful to have won and he is determined not to let the people down but to work with them to develop the village in the future.
When asked why he decided to contest, he said the youths of the village asked him to contest because he was an ardent worker of the village. He said after thinking it over he decided to accept their proposal.
“The reason why they want me was my relationship with all the inhabitants of the village and also my determination to always give the village a face lift”, he said.
He said a member of the village Dacosta called a meeting before the elections and presented both candidates to the villagers and they presented their manifestoes to the people and one thing he stressed was that whoever wins should embrace the loser and work together to develop the village.
“Now that I have emerged the winner, I am going to work with him and the entire village for development. We don’t have electricity, our roads are bad, these are major projects that we all have to put our hands on deck to fulfil”, he said.
He said he is not wealthy to undertake projects alone, but by the grace of God and with the help of the people, NGOs and the Rural Council, they will be able to bring development in the village.
When asked whether his headmanship will be to join the illegal land deal, Samuel Woodie said he will never encourage that in the village and would definitely frown at anyone who will want to involve in destroying the village. “I have never been associated in such deals and would never be in the future”.
The Headman said he will be investigating the funds coming from water sales from his village as the two guys who are collecting the monies said the Councillor Margaret Kargbo gave them the mandate as all these monies are being paid into the Rural District account.
He said over the years now millions of Leones have been collected from his village but no development has been taken to the village by the Rural District Council.
“We want a full account of all monies from the water sale and will press the District council to help develop the village with projects.”
Mr Woodie said he plans to meet with all the other Headmen and women of the Mountain Villages so they can work as a team to develop the Mountain.
Samuel Woodie was born at Juba Barracks some 35 years ago, but did his schooling at Bathurst and Regent before attending the Rokel Secondary School.
He is a building contractor and the People’s Warden of St Peter and St James Parish Bathurst, he is a resident of the village and he was very instrumental in mobilising his village youths to defend Mountain from the rebels in 1999.