The Minister of Youth and Sports, Mr. Lenn Eugene Nagbe, has disclosed that the Tumutu Agriculture Training site in Bong County, is shortly to reopen to train Liberian youths.
The site, which is located in one of Liberia’s oldest districts, Salala, was one of the pivotal agricultural training sites for young people and others interested in agriculture before the Liberian civil war.
Bong, Lofa and Nimba counties, before the civil war, produced most of the nation’s food. Lofa County in particular was referred to as the ‘nation’s bread basket,’ in the 1980s.
Min. Nagbe said in his welcome remarks that the Tumutu Agricultural Training site would be reopened shortly to give training opportunities to young people with a career in agriculture.
He stated that arrangements have been made with ArcelorMittal to renovate the LAMCO Vocational Training Center (LVTC) in Yekepa, Nimba County.
Mr. Nagbe used the occasion to thank the Chinese Government for constructing the MVTC facilities, adding: “Considering that a greater portion of Liberia’s population is youthful, the vocational training center is important to the TVET program in meeting their needs.”
He said courses to be offered at the MVTC will include Electricity, Plumbing, Welding, Masonry,and Carpentry.
One of the program attendees said these are disciplines that are needed for the reconstruction of Liberia.
The new US$9 million MVTC located on Somalia Drive, outside Monrovia is inclusive of many projects that the Chinese government has completed and turned over to the Liberian government.