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Govt to complete Bong Community College

By Benjamin S. Taingay
Liberian Leader, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf
Liberian Leader, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf

MONROVIA, LIBERIA-President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf has reassured students of the Bong County Technical College (BCTC) of government’s commitment to completing the construction of the college's facility in Gbarnga, Bong County.

President Sirleaf said the Government attaches serious importance to the empowerment of youth through quality education, and as such, her administration will do all it can to complete the BCTC Complex.

The Liberian Leader gave the assurance Monday when she addressed hundreds of protesting students of the College during her visit to the College’s complex.

For over seven hours under the blazing sun, the BCTC students held placards and chanted slogans of solidarity, calling on the President to intervene and to ensure the completion of the college.

She reiterated her commitment to providing the necessary conducive learning environment at the various technical colleges being established around the country.

The Liberian Chief Executive, however, expressed disappointment over the delay in completing the construction of the college, despite the payment of over US$6 million to the contractor.

President Sirleaf told the students that she has mandated the college’s board to work along with the contractor and promised to ensure that the contractor completes the project.

She commended the students for the civility exhibited and encouraged them to always engage issues peacefully.

Speaking to reporters in Gbarnga recently, the head of the protesting students, Samuel Elliot, thanked President Sirleaf for accepting their statement for her speedy intervention and hoped that she will take concrete action to ensure the completion of the college.

The Bong Technical College, with an enrolment of more than one thousand students, is currently being run at the William V.S Tubman Gray High School in Gbarnga with limited facilities to effectively cater to the students.


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