County Vision: By 2027, we the People of Cape Mount County envisage a County with improved infrastructure and access to basic services including good health care, quality education, good road network, and
electricity; an industrialized agricultural economy; and a peaceful
and secure environment for all, where women are respected and fully empowered to contribute to growth and development. The People envision working together with commitment and dedication to develop their full economic, social and cultural potential, for a fuller and richer life for all, regardless of tribe, sex, religion or politics.
Overview: In 1461, Pedro De Sintra, a Portuguese Navigator on a mission to the West Coast of Africa, saw the beauty of the cape and mountains and named the area Cape du Mont, a Portuguese word meaning the Cape of the Mount, from which the name Grand Cape Mount County was derived.
In 1856, Cape Mount was carved out of Montserrado by a legislative act and became the fifth oldest County of the Republic of Liberia, known as Grand Cape Mount County. The name is derived from the beautiful green mountains above and the beautiful green vegetation below on the Atlantic Ocean. The natural beauty of the County headquarters of Robertsport is depicted by the existence of the Wakolor Mountain close to the shores of the Atlantic Ocean, which is watered by lagoons and Lake Piso and the mixed species of animals and plants that make the County one of the biodiversity hotspots and most attractive natural tourist area in Liberia. The Vai script, introduced by Bokeleh, serves as means through which many locals are able to communicate and keep financial transactions and other records.
County Abbreviation: CM
County Flag: The County Flag shows a mountain against a white field in a rectangular shape, indicating peace and purity, with the Liberian flag on the top left corner. Religious harmony and intermarriage among the various ethnic groups has woven a rich social
fabric, which made this to be known as one of the most peaceful counties in Liberia until the Civil War.
Resident Population: 127,076
Districts: Grand Cape Mount County is subdivided into four administrative districts, namely, Tewor, Garwular, Porkpa and Gola Konneh Districts, and the Commonwealth comprising of Tombey Chiefdom, Tallah Township and the capital city, Robertsport.
Robertsport is the seat of the County Administration and the home of the City Corporation.
Race/Ethnicity: The five major ethnic groups in the County are the Vai, Gola, Mende, Mandingo and Kissi. Other minority ethnic groups include Bassa, Gbandi, Kpelle, Grebo, Kru, Lorma, and Mano. The Vai vernacular is widely spoken, followed by the Gola, with percentage distributions of 60% and 23% respectively. Mende, Mandingo and Kissi languages are also spoken by sizeable minorities.
A total 124 functional educational facilities exist in Grand Cape Mount. Of this number, 107 are elementary schools, 14 are junior highs and three are senior high schools. Enrollment is
estimated 26,748 including 13,888 boys and 12,860 girls, with a
teacher population of 341, of which
311 are male and 30 are female.
Location: Grand Cape Mount is a border County found in the Western Region, specifically the south-western corner of Liberia along the coastal belt. Located on coordinates 7º
15! N, 11° 00’W, it is bounded in the Northeast by Gbarpolu County, in the East by Bomi and Lake Piso, in the South by the Atlantic Ocean and in the West by Sierra Leone, with a total land area of 5,827 square kilometers. The County is sparsely populated with concentrations in commercial, mining and fishing areas.
GDP: iron ore was one of Liberia’s economic mainstays, contributing as much as 64% of total exports or nearly 25% of the country’s GDP, and the country remained the second largest producer and exporter of iron ore before 1979.
Resources: The County is richly endowed with natural resources, mainly iron ore in Porkpa and Gola Konneh Districts, and diamonds and gold in Porkpa, Gola Konneh and Tewor District. It was reported during the CDA consultations that there may be valuable deposits of oil around Bobojah in Garwular District, though a geological survey has yet to confirm this claim. Cape Mount has fertile soils that favor the cultivation of a variety of cash crops including oil palm, rubber, cocoa and coffee, and food crops such as rice, cassava, yams and vegetables including pepper, bitter ball, okra, potato leaves, cabbage, and others.
Unemployment: According to the 2001 agricultural baseline survey, 78% of the rural households in Cape Mount are engaged in agricultural activities at subsistence scale. Formal employment accounts for as little as 4% of incomes, with the majority serving as casual workers at best. Most locals are instead engaged in petty trading. The main food crops produced in the County include rice, cassava and groundnut. Rubber is one of the country’s major cash crops and serves as a major revenue engine. County Budget:
Tourist Attraction: The Lake Piso region, with its fantastic biodiversity and idyllic vistas, makes it very attractive to tourists. In the 1970s, tourism thrived in the County, specially after construction of a 75-room hotel. There also exist a number of historical sites including the Tallah Township, which was a World War II Allied base. To promote tourism and
other commercial activities that will help to provide employment, revenue and economic growth, the CDA process heard calls for the declaration of the Lake Piso region as a multi-purpose protected area, construction of an air strip, rehabilitation of
Hotel Wakolor, construction of additional motels and restaurants in Robertsport, along Lake Piso, on York Island and in Sembehun, development of the beaches and construction of a public park.
Hospitals: There are 33 functional health facilities which include one hospital, one health center, 30 clinics and one health post. The hospital (St. Timothy Government Hospital) and
three of the clinics (Fanti Town, Sembehun and Tallah) are found in the Commonwealth. Garwular District has functional clinics located in Jundu, Madina, Bomboja, Bendu, Kpeneji and Kanga, one health center in Sinje, one health post in Division 8, Guthrie (Private) and one non-functional clinic in Zarway Town. In Tewor District there are 11 facilities, in Tienni, Bo Waterside, Diah, Kulangor, Mambo,
Gondama, Gonelor, Jenewonde, Fahnja, Than Mafa and Bangorma. Five clinics are operational in Porkpa, in Bamballah, Bendaja, Kongo and Kawellahun, and four more in Gola Konneh District, namely Mbaloma, Lofa Bridge, Tahn and Varguay