17 March 2013

Liberia: President Sirleaf Lauds Senator Prince Johnson for Role in Revamping Liberia's Education Sector

Monrovia — President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has commended Nimba County Senior Senator, Prince Y. Johnson, for the personal role he's playing in revamping Liberia's educational sector.

"If we had 200 persons like Senator Prince Johnson and his vision for Liberia, and did just what he has done here, imagine where our country would have been by now," President Sirleaf told a cheering crowd. She said the Senator has demonstrated his patriotism to country by constructing learning facilities and services provided by his Foundation especially to the young people of Liberia.

According to an Executive Mansion release, the Liberian leader spoke Friday at the dedication of Annex One of the Prince Y. Johnson (PYJ) Educational Foundation in Paynesville City, outside Monrovia.

The PYJ Educational Foundation, owned and operated by the Senior Senator from Nimba, Prince Y. Johnson, is located in the Liberia Broadcasting System (LBS) Community in Paynesville. The Foundation runs an elementary to junior high school with an equipped library, computer lab and a functioning clinic for its students and teachers.

The dedication of Annex One of the Foundation coincided with President Sirleaf's Message to the Nation, earlier in the day, on "Fixing Liberia's Educational System," in which she made a strong call to all Liberians to join in the collective effort in resuscitating the educational sector which she has always said is below par with that of the sub-region.

"By the demonstration of this self- initiative by Senator Johnson, it's only fair enough for government to provide some helping hand to his effort through budgetary support," the President promised. The President was responding to Senator Johnson's appeal to government to provide some subsidy to the school.

Speaking earlier, Senator Johnson thanked the Government of Liberia for maintaining the peace that individual citizens enjoy today and, in return, maintain the peace and rebuild their lives. His investment in education, he said, is a demonstration that he is not interested in confusion but the education of Liberia's future leaders. The Senator used the occasion to call for an increase in the health budget, which he said will ease the number of complaints from health workers regarding low incentives.

Speaking on behalf of his colleagues, the President Pro-Tempore of the Liberian Senate, Gbehzohngar Findley, supported calls for subsidy to the PYJ Educational Foundation, and promised to lobby for its inclusion in subsequent budgets. The Grand Bassa County Senior Senator pointed out that while government and individual Liberians invest in education, students should have no excuse for not taking advantage of the facilities being provided.

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