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Internews Ends First Community Media Forum In Bong
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Internews Ends First Community Media Forum In Bong
By Philip T. Singbah, LINA Bong County Correspondent

GBARNGA, September 5 (LINA) -Internews-Liberia has ended its first Community Media Forum in Gbarnga, Bong County, with a call on citizens to engage in the county’s development agenda.

The one-day forum focused on issues surrounding the construction of the Bong County Technical College.

Panelists at the event included Bong County Project Specialist Thomas Cisco, CODRA Executive Director Lassanah Dukuly, Madam Marline Jarwoe of the Catholic Justice and Peace Commission (CJPC) and FIND National Program Officer Aaron Juahquellie.

At the forum, Mr. Cisco admitted that there were initial technical errors from the Chinese contractor that made the county to incur over US$500,000 liability.

Mr. Cisco agreed that the construction of the college was underestimated at an initial amount of US$2.5 million contrary to the US$4.5 million targeted to complete the school.

For their part, the heads of CODRA and CJPC called on citizens of the county to put aside their political differences and rally support to ensure the completion of the college.

Dukuly and Jarwoe said it was now time that citizens petition their leaders through community engagements to ensure the speedy completion of the college.

In remarks, Representative George Mulbah hailed the gathering and hoped that it will help broaden the idea of citizens on the current status of the college.

He urged the citizenry to remain hopeful that the college will be completed as evidenced by the level of development being done at the institution.

The Community Media Forum, which is part of the Liberia Media Development Program, seeks to increase access of the people to independent and reliable information and empower them to engage in well-informed public discussions on the country’s development.

The Liberia Media Development Program is a five-year USAID-funded activity being implemented by Internews in Liberia to enhance the professional capacity of the Liberian media in making it more independent and sustainable.
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