LIBERIA: Rep. Koiwood Submits Bill Seeking Establishment Of A Community College In Gbarpolu County
By Randall George | GNN Legislative Reporter |
Gbarpolu County District #1 representative, Representative Alfred G. Koiwood has submitted a bill seeking the establishment of a community college in Gbarpolu County.
In a communication addressed to Speaker Bhofal Chambers dated July 6, 2021, Representative Koiwood emphasized the need for the creation of a community college that will help to enhance higher education and the decentralization of tertiary education in Gbarpolu County.
In his communication, Representative Koiwood further noted that realizing the high level of illiteracy in Liberia, a situation the lawmaker said amounts to 60%, the county is of no exception.
Furthermore, Representative Koiwood’s communication emphasized the lack of a tertiary establishment in the county, a situation representative Koiwood said has made the secondary school the educational endpoint of the county’s youthful population.
The bill when passed into law will create learning opportunities for citizens of Gbarpolu County and other counties in the region.
Meanwhile, Representative Koiwood when quizzed by legislative reporters upon the submission of the educational bill said with the county having nine high schools, but no tertiary school, it is causing serious impediment for the county.
And so there is a need to establish a tertiary institution or college that will create advanced opportunities for the citizens. Representative Koiwood said.
Urging his colleagues, the Gbarpolu county district number one lawmaker said, he wants the bill passed to be sent to the Senate for concurrence, and then subsequently to the President for signing into law.
It can be recalled that Representative Koiwood while serving in the 53rd legislature as an opposition lawmaker, proffered two bills including the upgrading of Henry’s Town to city status, and a bill to establish a magisterial court in Gunwien, but both bills are yet to concur with by the Liberian senate.
Meanwhile, Representative Koiwood has disclosed that money has been made available for Gbarpolu County’s ‘County Sitting’.
Making the disclosure, the lawmaker said an amount in a tone of ten thousand United States dollars has been approved by the Minister of Internal Affairs, Varney Sirleaf.
Gbarpolu County has not had a county sitting since 2016 due to budgetary problems.
Measuring 9,689 square kilometers (3,741 sq mi) in size, with a population of 83,758, Gbarpolu is the eleventh most populous county in Liberia.