-As Citizens Set For Ground Breaking
By Esau J. Farr
What is expected to be a state-of-the-art multipurpose vocational training center is to be built in Botota City, Kokoyah Statutory District in Bong County soon.
The disclosure was made early this week to this paper by the Coordinator of the proposed Kokoyah Vocational Training and Library Center (KOVOTALC), John F. Tuankan.
According to Tuankan, the official ground-breaking ceremony for the construction of the center is expected to take place this Saturday (May 26, 2018) in Botota, Kokoyah Statutory District, Bong County. “It is expected that Alexander Cummings will serve as keynote speaker and perform the official symbolic ground-breaking ceremony on the site of the school”, Tuankan averred.
Speaking in an interview with this paper, the Coordinator of the center disclosed that the multipurpose vocational training center project is being undertaken and sponsored by a son of the district based in the United States of America, Dennis Garsinii. He quoted Garsinii as saying that having lived in the United States for decades, he feels obligated to his people in providing life time skills and professions to citizens of the district, especially youths and Liberians in general.
The KOVOTALC CEO believes that skills and vocational education can serve as a bridge for underprivileged and less fortunate youthful population to have access to extra skills and career or profession after high school especially for country like Liberia.
Tuankan who is also the President of the Association of Regular Soul Winning Baptist Churches in Liberia explained that when constructed, the center will provide vocational and technical skills opportunities for young people in different disciplines. He named them as General Computer Education, General Construction, Agriculture, Drafting, Electricity, Auto Mechanics (Heavy and Light Duties), Catering, Plumbing and Professional Tailoring amongst others.
“The ground breaking and the subsequent construction of a vocational skills training and library center in Kokoyah is indeed historic in that it is the first of its kind and a dream come through for our people”, Tuankan exerted.
According to Tuankan, the center will comprise of nine buildings that will include different departments, conference center, auditorium and staff quarters amongst others. “Instructors of the school are expected to be of highest quality and will adequately be accommodated so as to focus on providing quality education to all who enroll at the center. In fact, our staff and their families will live on the campus in the staff quarters to allow them do more research and give out the very best to our future students. It will be an envious one that our products or graduates will serve as our ambassadors to spread the good news that will even force people to leave from the urban area and move to our school. We want to shift from ‘Rural to urban migration to urban-rural migration,” Tuankan emphasized.
Kokoyah is the only Statutory District in Bong County and since its establishment in the late 90s as a Statutory District during the regime of jailed former Liberian President (Charles G. Taylor), it was only last year that the district benefited from the construction of a Senior High Division to the Wesseh Gardea Elementry & Jr. High School in the district which is without teachers thus forcing all students who have completed Junior High Education to move to Gbarnga to complete Secondary Education.
Due to lack of support or sufficient cash and other family obligations, most students who complete Jr. High studies are forced to drop out of school since they do not have access to secondary education in the district thus impeding the learning capability of students of the area.
Many citizens upon receiving the news about the ground-breaking ceremony for the construction of a vocational skills training center in the area described it as a dream come through and hope for a speedy construction and functioning of the school soon.