-Tuankan Warns Kokoyah Citizens as He Breaks Ground KOVOTALC in Botota
By Esau J. Farr
The official ground-breaking ceremony of the proposed Kokoyah Vocational Training and Library Center has taken place. The ceremony took place in Botota City, Kokoyah Statutory District, Upper Bong County over the weekend.
the ground breaking ceremony
The proposed skills training and Library center when constructed will be the first to be established in that part of Liberia and is expected to build the capacity of youths and disadvantaged individuals unable to acquire higher or college education.
Giving the overview of the project during the program, the Coordinator of the school project, John F. Tuankan encouraged citizens of Kokoyah to take ownership of the project adding that it was not a good thing for people of the district to always politicize everything that goes into the district including development.
The school is expected to offer certificates and diplomas in the following disciplines; General Construction, Agriculture, Auto Mechanics (Heavy & Light Duties), Computer Education (Advanced Level), Professional Tailoring, Drafting and Plumbing amongst others.
“My people from interactions, we have come to realize that there are those who see everything good thing that comes to this district from the political point of view and I believe that this has to stop. Stop politicizing development in this district”, the clergyman pleaded.
Making separate remarks during the program, several district leaders, chiefs, elders, education authorities, youth leaders and women representatives welcomed the establishment of the vocational school in their district saying, it will help the current school going group of young people and generations to be born in the areas of capacity building and becoming career and professional persons.
The project is being sponsored by a son of the district (Kokoyah) living in the United States, Dennis Garsinii.
The dream to construct and establish a state-of -the-art modern vocational training and Library center came as a result of discussion held in the USA between Pastor John F. Tuankan (Project Coordinator) and Dennis Garsinii (CEO) in 2016.
Pastor Tuankan explained that during his visit to the US as head of Liberian Baptist Delegation to the Global Association of Regular Baptist Churches (GARBC) Conference in 2016, he was able to meet with Mr. Garsinii where the both of them discussed needed developmental issues or initiatives to be undertaken to improve the living standards of citizens of their district. At the end of the discussion, the pair resolved to pray for God’s intervention in directing them to priority areas of investment which later led them to the construction of skills training center to help high school dropped-outs and other less fortunate persons unable to acquire higher education or career skills to better their lives through income generation to cater for them and their families.
Those present to grace the occasion included Kokoyah Statutory District Superintendent, Konteh Yallah, Kokoyah School District Education Officer (DEO) Sunnie Kpee, Chiefs, Elders and Traditional Leaders, General Town Chief Samuel Naleh, Botota City Mayor, Morris Laykpoe, Youth President Sumo Koiboi and a host of several personalities.