Gender Minister Julia Duncan-Cassel
Gov’t Reaffirms Support To Bong Girls' Hostel
By Philip T. Singbah, LINA Bong County Correspondent
GBARNGA, December 20 (LINA) - Gender Minister Julia Duncan-Cassel says government remains committed to providing support to the William Richard Tolbert High School Girls Hostel in Gbalatuah, Bong County.
The hostel, operated by the Ministry of Gender, Children, and Social Protection, houses and educates over 50 orphans and girls vulnerable to prostitution and other anti-social practices.
Minister Duncan-Cassel said the girls are from various counties, including Grand Bassa, Bomi, Margibi, Nimba, Lofa, Montserrado and host county Bong.
She noted that the Ministry will continue to support various livelihood programs for the children to adequately prepare them to be better citizens.
“There are challenges and we are aware of the challenges,” she said. “But at the same time, we are trying to make sure that these girls are in a safe place of high standards and if they were not in a hostel, they will be engage into deviant activities.”
In addition to reports from the hostel about food shortages, the hostel lacks proper water supply and Duncan-Cassel said her ministry would send a team to resolve the water issue.
Speaking to journalists in the county recently, Minister Duncan-Cassel suggested that the hostel’s management might be at fault for the food shortage, as she said the facility had been allocated enough food to last until December 30.
“So, I am surprised to hear that food is finished when they went to school late September,” she said.
As for electricity, Duncan-Cassel said the hostel had to go without electricity for some time due to the road conditions which made it difficult to transport fuel.
“Now that the dry season is here, the fuel has been purchased already and just waiting to be delivered on the campus for the generator to start running,” she added.
The reports about the issues at the hostel also included complaints about inadequate teaching staff.
Duncan-Cassel said she had already engaged the Ministry of Education about remedying the situation as soon as possible.