LIBERIA: Journalist Paye-Layleh takes census awareness campaign to rural former school

Veteran journalist Jonathan Paye-Layleh

Veteran journalist Jonathan Paye-Layleh has continued his campaign to create adequate census awareness in his native Nimba County, touring in recent days a number of places including the campus of his former school, the Bunadin Public School, in Lao Chiefdom, where he addressed a cross-section of students and their teachers.

Students, including the young ones, were assembled  before the campus’s podium to listen to Mr. Paye-Layleh explain the essence of census.

He had a town hall meeting with citizens of Bunadin before conducting similar exercises in other towns including Tiayee, Boyee and Kpain.

In all sessions, Mr. Paye-Layleh took questions from citizens on issues including a way forward in tackling some of the challenges the region faces.

Citizens attending the meetings were unanimous in their call that during the census authorities in charge should consider recruiting mainly numerators in the various rural towns to help groups coming from other places.

This, they said, would not only provide  short-term job opportunities for young people to earn some money, but would also help make the process easier because residents are familiar with towns, villages and hamlets.

Mr. Paye-Layleh’s self-initiated census awareness had earlier taken him to places like Sokopa, Tinsue, Gelepa and Nyenkpala along the St. John River which separates Nimba and Bong Counties.

At the conclusion of the second leg of his tour, the journalist re-echoed his appeal to radio stations in the county to get involved in the awareness as part their social service obligations to society.

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.

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