The leadership of the Liberian Senate has presented a cash donation of L$100,000 to authorities at the Lofa County Community College (LCCC).
The donation, made over the weekend, is intended to aid students who cannot afford as the result of Ebola for the pending school year.
Making the presentation at the induction of a newly elected student council government of the college, Senate Pro Tempore Armah Jallah said the Senate was pleased to be associated with the educational development of Lofa.
“As Senators, we have a responsibility to ensure that the educational sector of Lofa and other counties is supported and sustained,” he said. “We are confident that with this amount, the financial burden of students and administration hit by the Ebola outbreak can be reduced.”
Expressing regrets for the loss of citizens during the height of the Ebola outbreak, Senator Jallah pledged the Senate’s commitment to supporting the county in the post-Ebola era, especially in road development and education.
The Senate Pro Tempore however, pledged to lobby with members of the Legislature to ensure an increment in the budgetary allotment of Lofa in the coming fiscal, vowing to do same to other counties.
The Senate Pro Tempore then commended citizens of Lofa for the election of Senator Stephen Zargo, and cautioned them to remain united and refrain from divisive politics. “We salute the people of Lofa for their support, commitment, devotion, patience towards moving our county forward,” Senator Jallah added.
Accompanied by poll of Senators including Montserrado Senator George Weah and Senator Henry Yallah of Bong County, Senator Jallah said in collaboration with Senator Zargo, they would collaborate to ensure a road link between Gbarpolu and Lofa counties.
Currently there exist no road link between the two sisterly counties owing to a collapsed of routes caused by the county’s civic crisis.
Responding to the donation, the LCC president, James Kollie, said he was pleased with the presence of the new leadership of the Senate, saying it as first of its kind in the history of the country.
“For the leadership of the country to leave their busy schedules and come to aid us, we see this as and golden opportunity and historic”.
Friday’s event was characterized by traditional ceremonies, political speeches as well as the presentation of traditional awards and materials to Senators for their elections, as well as Senator Jallah as President Pro-Tempore of the Liberia Senate for their recent victories.