11 March 2013

Liberia: Commending SCAA and Its Partners


THIS WEEK, A 14-MEMBER Joint Delegation of the Sinoe County Association in the Americas, Inc. (SCAA) and its partner, Taylor University, are to arrive in the country from the United States of America for a groundbreaking ceremony in Farmersville, Sinoe County, to commence the construction of a $250,000.00 educational project.

ACCORDING TO A press release, the project dubbed the "Samuel Morris Educational Resource Center", will be constructed on a 30.83 acres of land which was purchased by the SCAA in Farmersville, Sinoe County, in 2007 under the public land arrangement during a visit to the County by two members of the SCAA, including Ms. Victoria Gbojueh, former Board Chair of the SCAA, and Mrs. Ida Parker-Brewer, a member of the Minnesota Chapter. The purchase of the land was consummated during the administration of Hon. Sylvester Grigsby, former Superintendent of Sinoe County.

THE RELEASE SAID the deed for the property was officially signed in August, 2010 by HE President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf under the public land policy following a visit to Liberia by a five-member Joint SCAA - Taylor University delegation led by Mr. Elijah Tarpeh, former National President of SCAA. During the visit, the delegation also met with President Sirleaf and other stakeholders of Sinoe County, including the Sinoe County Legislative Caucus, local officials of Sinoe County and the Sinoe University Students Association (SUSA).

THE RELEASE SAID the Samuel Morris Education Resource Center upon completion will contain a library, computer room, dormitories, auditorium, conference rooms, offices and break-out rooms for workshops. It is been named in honor of a Sinoean, Samuel "Prince Kaboo" Morris, who came from a humble background in Po-River, Sinoe County, and changed the life of an American university, Taylor University, during his brief sojourn at Taylor University in Upland, Indiana, USA.

INDEED, THE INITIATIVE of the association and its partners as such a project is necessary at this time when there are incessant calls for more educational institutions in the country, especially in the rural parts of this country. We believe this project would immensely contribute towards the nation's drive for sound education and also in combating the high rate of illiteracy in the country.

WE THEREFORE COMMEND the association for this worthy cause and hope that those who will be charged with the responsibility of implementing the project will do so in accordance with the specifications of the project. We say this because it has been observed that in some instances, specifications for projects are not followed, and as a result, these projects are built contrary to specifications, thus making them sub-standard.

EQUALLY SO, WE urge the association and leadership of the county to ensure that the project will be what has been envisaged as it is said in Liberia, "if someone is scratching your back, you should be able to wash your stomach," and so we urge all involved to ensure that all is done to make this plan a reality.

AGAIN, WE THANK the association and its partners for this worthy project, and hope that others will follow as the country strives to move from backwaters to prosperity.

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