30 January 2013

Liberia: Bong Scholarship Program Suspended

The Leadership of Bong County has with immediate effect suspended the county's scholarship program at various universities and colleges across the country until next semester.

Some 2,000 students hailing from Bong County are currently benefiting from the scholarship scheme.

The latest action was taken Tuesday by the county's leadership during a meeting with the Legislative Caucus at the Capitol Building.

Briefing Legislative Reporters following the meeting, the Chairman of the Bong County Legislative Caucus George Mulbah said, the decision was taken to allow the county's administration address financial issues and inconsistencies in the awarding of scholarships.

Representative Mulbah explained that the decision is intended to review the current budget of US$550,000 which, he said, was far less than the county's annual scholarship budget of US$1.1 million.

The Bong Legislative Caucus Chairman appealed to students for the inconvenience the suspension of the scholarship program may cause to their education.

He said as soon as the needed mechanisms are put in place to properly guide the program, the suspension would be lifted.

Representative Mulbah pointed out that the decision to suspend the scholarship was also based on emergency in the county including the construction of the Community College, among others.

Representative Mulbah rejected claims that the county was unable to underwrite the cost of the scholarship program.

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