LIBERIA: Over 600 Kids ‘Out of School’ In Bong County

Over 600 children of school-going age are out of school in Lorla Clan, Bong County due to the lack of a school, according to Bong County Senator Jewel Taylor.

Degei, the headquarters town of Lorla Clan, and surrounding villages do not have a single school, and only a two bedroom clinic is operating with little or no drugs, the Senator said.

Taylor, who celebrated the Christmas season with residents of the area, told the Liberia News Agency Tuesday upon her return to Monrovia, that she was “saddened by the deplorable living condition” of the residents, particularly during this modern era.

“What I saw is a proposed school building started in 2009 with funding from the Fuamah Social Development Fund which is now in ruins on the outskirts of the village, leaving people hopeless,” she lamented.

It can be recalled that in 2010 the Ministry of Internal Affairs under former Minister Ambulai Johnson allotted US$15,000 for projects to be implemented in Degei Town, Lorla Clan.

Senator Taylor noted that the latest experience has posed an added challenge to her office, requiring the cooperation of all well-meaning Bong citizens, including lawmakers and national government officials.

Meanwhile, she is appealing to Fuama District citizens in the Diaspora to consolidate efforts aimed at providing residents of Degei Town and surrounding villages requisite social services.

“I want Diaspora citizens of Fuama District to work along with me so that we can bring relief to our people who live miles behind the St. Paul River in such unanticipated condition,” the Bong County lawmaker stressed.

While in Lorla, Senator Taylor distributed food and other items as gifts to hundreds of residents and kids for the Christmas holiday.


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