Residents of Koon Town, Todee District, Upper Montserrado County are seeking for the intervention of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to compel relevant government agencies and the authorities of the Ministry of Education (MOE) to provide their children improved educational facilities and also empower them economically.
In line with the residents’ request, the district commissioner, Sam K. Morris explained to the Daily Observer recently in the district that the entire Todee District, which contains the Koon Town and its environs, lacked improved educational and other important facilities.
According to him, 60 percent of the 12 schools in the district are damaged to the extent that some of the students sit on the bare floor and or benches made from bamboo chairs to learn, while few of the government assigned teachers in the area have since November last year, reportedly abandoned classes to run after their salaries in Monrovia.
Commissioner Morris made the disclosure in an exclusive interview with this paper shortly after the residents met with President Sirleaf during ceremony marking the dedication of the refurbished military facilities at the Todee Academy on Friday, December 27, 2013.
According to him, apart from the deplorable state of schools and road network in the area, the women need economic empowerment through a loan scheme to do business.
He explained among other things that the district lacks market hall and a commissioner office to conduct official businesses.
“We don’t have market hall, commissioner office space, proper latrines, etc. please help us by directing relevant government agencies responsible to construct some the basic needs of the district,” Commissioner Morris yearned on behalf of the residents.