Concord Times (Freetown)

9 August 2012

Sierra Leone: PTN Services Boosts Education in Songo

As part of their contribution to the advancement of education in Sierra Leone, PTN services has provided twenty-five scholarships to deserving pupils of the Tomlinson High School in Songo.

Presenting the scholarships to the Principal Mr. Karmokoh Mohamed Bangura, the representative of the P.T.N. Services, James Cole, said 20 of the beneficiaries are girls and that the distribution of scholarships by his institution started in 2010 and has been going on for the past three years.

According to the Managing Director of P.T.N. Services, Ponsford T. Nimneh, the objective is to assist parents who cannot afford to take care of the educational expenditure of their children. He said the gesture seeks to reduce teenage pregnancy and the dropout of pupils from school.

His institution, Nimneh said, constructed a junior secondary school in Songo in 2010 under the Sababu Education Project, and observed that several of the parents cannot afford to pay their children's school fees. He said since he made profit in the contract, he decided to leave some of it in the community by providing scholarships to deserving pupils on an annual basis.

Nimneh disclosed that his institution has established animal husbandry project in Songo where 15 youths are gainfully employed.

This is not the first time this institution has come to the aid of people. In 2008 and 2009 they rehabilitated the Adelaide Street and Lumley police stations in addition to distributing exercise books to hundreds of pupils in Freetown.

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