Vision: Sinoe will be a national leader in development and innovation; a County where citizens enjoy food security and have access to basic social services and modern infrastructure, where good governance and the rule of law prevail. Core Values: The County will endeavor to build on our core competencies and values to support; Accessibility to equal opportunities for all citizens and residents of Sinoe County; That peace, security and the rule of law be restored and preserved; Governance based upon transparency and effectiveness; Sustained economic growth, the creation of jobs; and Preserving the natural resources and also protecting the environment.
Overview: Sinoe is the third original County in the Republic and one of the signatories to its Declaration of Independence on July 26, 1847. After having been inhabited by various African peoples over the millenia, Sinoe was discovered by the Portuguese in the 15th Century as part of what they called the Grain Coast. Prior to the Declaration of Independence, the County was established by the Mississippi Colonization Society in 1822 and later became part of the Republic in 1838. There existed several agricultural industries such as the Sinoe Rubber Plantation (SRP) located in Wedjah District – the second largest rubber plantation in the country next to Firestone; the Butaw Oil Palm Company (BOPC) in Butaw District; two coconut Plantations producing coconut oil – located in Kpanyan and Sanquin Districts respectively. The county is also known for producing red palm oil, plantains, eddoes, cassavas, bananas, sweet potatoes and other crops. Vegetables such collard greens, potatoes greens, cabbage, pepper, corn, bitter balls, and eggplants
County Abbreviation: SI
County Flag: The flag of Sinoe has a green cross across a white background or field with the Liberian flag at the upper left corner. The green cross represents the evergreen vegetation, the white field indicates purity and the Liberian flag shows that Sinoe is an integral part of the Republic of Liberia.
Resident Population: 102,391
Districts: In Sinoe County, the sixteen District Development Consultation Meetings took place in Bodae, Bokon, Butaw, Dugbe River, Geetroh, Karbor/ Tarsue/Sanquin #2, Toto Dwo/
Sanquin #3, Jaedae, Jedepo, Juarzon, Kpanyan, Kulu/Shaw/Boe, Plahn/Nyarn, Pyne Town, Seekon and Wedjah.
Race/Ethnicity: The Kpelle tribe forms the majority ethnic group, with Belle and Gola making the next two largest groups. Kpelle and Gola are the main dialects spoken in the County.
Gender: The County is strongly committed to gender equity as a means to maintain peace, reduce poverty, enhance justice and promote development. Despite the progress since the end of the war, gender continues to play a decisive role in determining access to resources and services. Women and girls continue to have limited access
to education, health services and judicial services, which has severely curtailed their participation in the formal economy. Women and girls have been missing out on opportunities and participation in management and decision-making on all levels of the society. This trend has contributed to feminization of poverty in the County, and in Liberia as a whole.
Presently, the F.J. Grante Hospital is only meagerly functional, lacking adequate drug supplies, equipment and trained doctors, while the five static clinics previously operated by
Merlin remain unreliably open, but totally without medical supplies or staff salaries. There are also two private clinics: the Catholic clinic and ENI clinic are expected to be open soon. See the chart below for breakdown.
The health sector is in dire need of human resources. Sinoe is one of the counties with the lowest presence of Ministry of Health assigned workers. Quite recently the Ministry of Health appointed a medical doctor for the County, and is also sending a foreign doctor to assist. The County administration has provided housing
accommodation. It is unclear when they will take up their posts.
Resources: Sinoe‘s rich forests, large oil palm and rubber plantations, gold and diamond deposits, long coastline and seaport and fertile soil make the County a potentially prime location for investment and job creation. There existed several agricultural industries such as the Sinoe Rubber Plantation (SRP) located in Wedjah District – the second largest rubber plantation in the country next to Firestone; the Butaw Oil Palm Company (BOPC) in Butaw District; two coconut Plantations producing coconut oil – located in Kpanyan and Sanquin Districts respectively. The BOPC produced on the minimum level about 350 drums of oil daily and comprised a workforce of 2,800.
These industries provided jobs for County inhabitants as well as those migrating in search of better life.
Unemployment: Sixtynine percent of farmers cultivated only upland. The percentage differences between upland and swampland 10% more upland. About 6% of farmers cultivated only swampland.
Tourist Attraction: Sinoe has great potential to become the engine of
economic growth for the country. It is rich in natural resources including gold, diamond and timber. It has a long coastline with white sandy
beaches, lush green vegetation and several waterfalls. Sinoe is also host to the Sapo National Park, the country’s first nature reserve. The 180,000 hectare Sapo National Park which falls largely in Sinoe is the nation’s first
nature conservation reserve. The Park provides essential ecosystem services such as pollination, storage
of excess carbon dioxide which is a
greenhouse gas that causes global
warming, prevention of soil erosion,
protection of the watershed and refuge f o r endangered wildlife species. More than 1000 species of
flowering plants have been found in Liberia. Also, there are about 140 species of trees, 125 species of mammal, 550 species of birds, over 1000 species of insects and 74 known species of reptiles and amphibians, many of which can only be found at Sapo National Park. Among the
mammals found in the Park are the western chimpanzee, forest elephant, pygmy hippopotamus, Colobus and Diana monkeys and the Jentinks and Zebra duikers. Potential for tourism in Liberia is perhaps greatest in Sapo National Park, and even today in the absence of any tourist infrastructure, the park manages to attract a trickle
of eco-tourists every year. Investments in this area will have substantial economic benefits to local people.
Elementary: Recent statistics from the office of the County Education Officer puts the number of public schools at 175, with an enrollment population 17,715 categorized as follows: 149 primary schools with 14,118 students, and 26 secondary schools with 3,597
students. The total number of teachers and support staff in the Sinoe school system is 597 (Source: County education Officer, June 2007). Most schools do not have adequate numbers of teachers to meet student enrolment needs.
Land Area: Sinoe covers a land area of about 3,861 Square miles (10,000 square kilometers) and has a total coastline of 86 km.
Location: Sinoe is found in the South-eastern region of the Republic of Liberia, which is on the West Coast of Africa. Sinoe is bordered by Grand Gedeh County on the North, by River Cess County on the West, by Grand Kru and River Gee Counties on the East, and by the Atlantic Ocean on the South.