President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf
LUSA Wants Role In Decision-Making
By Prince Nagbe
VAHUN, Feb 25 (LINA) - The Lofa University Students Association (LUSA) is appealing to President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to make them part of decision-making processes in the county.
The appeal was contained in a position statement presented to President Sirleaf by the association in Vahun during her one-day official visit there.
Presenting the statement to the President on behalf of the association, Alpha Lalugbah said the student community plays a pivotal role in the growth and development of the county and as such they should form part of decision-making processes.
The LUSA president also called on President Sirleaf to improve the educational system of Vahun and the entire county by providing basic incentives and improved salaries for teachers.
Lalugbah said Lofa County can only regain her status as Liberia’s bread basket if Government improves the agriculture sector of the county, and appealed to President Sirleaf to provide logistical and other support to the Ecological Training Center (EATI) in Vahun to empower farmers and boost the agriculture sector.
The Lofa County student leader also called on the President to allow students monitor all current and future projects in the county and to assist the Government and the County Legislative Caucus in stopping all illicit forest and mining work currently taking place in Vahun and other parts of Lofa County.
In response, President Sirleaf said students of Vahun and the entire county have a great role to play in the development processes of their county and that Government will work with them to bring development to the county.
The Liberian leader said Government will construct vocational and technical institutions to provide basic skills training aimed at developing the private sector through entrepreneurship to enable beneficiaries of the training establish their own businesses and companies.
President Sirleaf called on the LUSA leadership to submit to her office a professional document outlining the problems affecting the educational sector of Vahun and state how those problems can be solved.