The Bong County Technical College (BCTC) in Gbarnga has received US$800K from the County Legislative Caucus.
The money comes from the county’s Social Development Fund approved by the Bong County Legislative Caucus in agreement with local leaders.
At their April 2014 sitting in Gbarnga, the delegates, including local chiefs, prominent citizens and members of the county’s Legislative Caucus allocated an additional US$1m to the Bong County Technical College.
Dr. John Flomo, president of the college, had earlier said an increase in the current enrollment at the William V.S. Tubman Grey High School on the Methodist Mission in Gbarnga is more than the school can accommodate.
He said the administration is currently using the Tubman Grey facility as its temporary campus.
Dr. Flomo also announced that over 900 students are currently attending the BCTC, despite the lack of adequate space.
He disclosed that his administration had brought into the country equipment to set up the college’s library and science laboratories, but the BCTC facility is yet to be completed.
He told reporters that the provision of the US$800K will also boost the human resource development needs of BCTC.
Some citizens who spoke to reporters said the latest allocation will speed up the construction of the facility.
They explained that the college, being the only technical institute offering the Bachelor of Science, it is important to complete the facility to provide an enabling learning environment for the student population.”
The citizens meanwhile called for measures to be established to properly manage the funds in order for the project to be completed on time.
In March 2014, delegates at the County Development Council seating allotted US$ 800K to the college construction project, but the funding was not provided to the county by the Ministry of Finance due to the Ebola outbreak.a