The House’s decision stemmed from a letter by the Margibi County Lawmaker Ben A. Fofana praying his colleagues to see reason to enact the BWI Technical College into law, to reduce the roving about of degrees in technical education and professional skills by the young people, thus bringing sanity to their livelihood.
Representative Fofana’s letter to the Speaker and Members of the House of Representatives was read on Tuesday, July 17, 2012 during its 50th day sitting at the House Chamber in Capitol Building.
In his communication, the lawmaker noted that the BWI High School is the first Vocational High School in Liberia (established in 1929) that involves training of Liberians from the 15 sub-political divisions of the country and non-Liberian as well.
The Lawmaker pointed out that BWI offers courses in Agriculture, Auto Mechanic, Electricity, Electronics, Building Trades (drafting, masonry, carpentry and plumbing), Accounting, Secretariat Science and Home Economic.
“Hon. Speaker, Deputy Speaker and my distinguished colleagues, I hereby submit a Bill for an act to create the Booker Washington Institute Technical College (BWITC) in Kakata City, Margibi County, Republic of Liberia for the collective education of our people,” the letter said.
Meanwhile, the Principal of the BWI, Mulbah S. Jackollie, in his letter to the Margibi Lawmakers, indicated that the dream to elevate BWI to a Technical College is still alive and efforts are being made to prepare the institute for this status, and any action leading to the realization of this dream is most commendable.
The BWI President said BWI is better positioned to fill the gap of building the capacities of young men and women as it had done in the past.
The then Bishop of the Lutheran Church of Liberia, the Rt. Rev. Dr. Sumoward E. Harris, on the 12th of June, 2012 also wrote: “I write to acknowledge receipt with thanks your communication informing us of your intention to introduce a Bill seeking for the enactment of the Booker Washington Institute (BWI) into a Technical College. This is one of the visions of the Board of Governors and the Administration of BWI has over the years.”
It continued: “We appreciate your initiative and pledge our fullest support. We will work with you and other stakeholders for the successful passage of this Bill.”
Meanwhile, more than 52 Representatives have affixed their signatures on the documents for the enactment of the Booker Washington Institute Technical College in Kakata, Margibi County, as ‘Co-sponsors.’