Lower Bong Students Meet Sen. Yallah

-Outline Problems Facing them
By Nyeanean Singbeh
Students of Lower Bong County including Fuamah, Sannoh and Salala Districts have outlined several challenges that are confronting them in the educational sector.
The students outlined the challenges through their various council presidents representing several high schools in the districts during a meeting held on September 15, 2018 at the E. J. Yancy Multilateral High School in Totota.They named as some their challenges the lack of libraries, laboratories, palaver huts, student council offices, quizzing belts and flagpoles as well as paying their WASSCE fees and providing them scholarship, chairs and, teachers amongst other things that are constraining them in learning in the area.
They recommended to Bong County Senator Henry W. Yallah the need to find solutions to their problems and he assured them of his pan to adequately address them.
Almost all of the students who spoke during the meeting named similar challenges facing them in their various schools in the lower part of the county
Speaking at the meeting, the students council president of the Totota Lutheran School System, he said students in lower Bong county are faced with various problems such as sitting capacity, scholarship opportunities and the lack of teachers.
According to him, he expects Senator Yallah to give them good results, adding that if he cannot handle all of their problems, they request that he should help them do the major ones, as they are having lots of difficulties on their various campuses.
Speaking at the meeting with Senator Yallah, the Lower Bong County Students Council President Alieu Konneh who headed the group of ctudent leaderships, told the senator that the aim of the meeting was to unite the students, and also to give them the chance to interface with him and to discuss their plight with him.
Alieu Konneh who said he served as president of the E. J. Yancy High school in Totota during the school year, 2015 and 2016 explained that he observed that student council presidents of the Lower Bong did not know each other, which prompted them to form the group, known as the Lower Bong Students Union or (LoBSU).
He narrated that they further intend to hold workshops for schools in their areas and to encourage female students to partake in student council leadership, as it is observed that all presidents from various schools are males.
Speaking to reporters following the closed-door meeting, the senator expressed gratitude and said he was impressed with the energy of the students in their desire to learn, noting that he is also motivated to help them in achieving their education, especially some of the students who cannot afford to get education without scholarship.
The senator said he is giving around a half million Liberian Dollars Scholarship under the auspices of LoBSu, adding that all of the things they talked about according to him, are very important but his energy is heavily driven towards helping the students to get back to school for now.
He specified that his school needs a modern sitting place for students, and a modern student council office to enable him easily have conversations with other students.
He thanked his colleagues and the senator for attending the meeting, saying that this is the first time students of the lower end of the county are coming together in their interest.
For his part, the Martha Tubman Students Council President Emmanuel Kokulo told the press that the meeting was very necessary because it gave them the opportunity to meet with the senator to present to him their challenges, which he believes their lawmaker will be in a position to address them adequately.
He talked about the need for an equipped laboratory, school signboard, and an auditorium, among other things, adding that he wants the senator to do something for the school.
According to him, he expects Senator Yallah to give them good results, adding that if he cannot handle all of their problems, they request that he should help them do the major ones, as they are having lots of difficulties on their various campuses.
He wants to encourage female students to partake in student council leadership, as it is observed that all presidents from various schools are males.
He said after their meeting with Senator Yallah, he gave them the assurance that he will offer them scholarship, worth about a half of million Liberian Dollars, beginning with the first two hundred and fifty thousand which is shortly expected to be paid.
The senator expressed gratitude and said he was impressed with the energy of the students to learn, noting that he is also motivated to help them in achieving their education, especially some of the students who cannot afford to get education without scholarship.
The senator said he is giving around a half million Liberian Dollars Scholarship under the auspices of LoBSu, adding that all of the things they talked about according to him, are very important but his energy is heavily driven towards helping the students to get back to school for now.
He maintained that he has resuscitated his scholarship under the name Nwehtor at the Bong Technical College to give opportunity to more students from the county, especially those from Lower Bong County.
The senator who is currently pushing a bill to give Lower Bong a county status, said his attention will mainly be focused on the lower part of the county, noting that that the students who will be benefiting from the Nwehtor Scholarship will be expected to sign a memorandum of understanding with government, in which they will guarantee that they will come back to offer services to the community they come from after their studies.
The student council presidents who attended the meeting, accompanied by their core of officials from their various schools came from the following schools, namely: the Martha Tubman High School President,
Emmanuel Kokulo; E. J. Yancy the Multilateral High School President; Jonathan T. Duwa, Totota Lutheran School System President Emmanuel Leayea, Others are the Upper Room Christian Academy High School President Marks Varney; the Sanoyea Kerkula Giddings President Marcus Davis, and the Salvation Army’s (John Gowan) President, Darius Lablibah.

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