Diaspora Nimbaians Remind Pres. Weah of His Promise

(L-r) UNNIDEP Executive Director, Karneh D. Tour

The leadership of a United States-based organization, the ‘Union for Nimba Development and Progress (UNNIDEP)’, is reminding President George M. Weah about a promise made to rebuild Bahn High School, which is located in Bahn City, Zoe-Geh District, Nimba County.

The school is in total ruin and faces collapse any moment from now if renovation is not carried out. UNNIDEP in 2018 decided to rebuild the school and it mobilized some financial and material resources to that effect to begin the construction this 2021. 

Meanwhile, while on the first leg of his recent county tour, President Weah assured the citizens of Bahn that he will rebuild the school. 

UNNIDEP’s statement to President Weah, under the signature of its Executive Director, Karneh D. Tour, dated June 28, 2021, said given the President’s promise, his organization has decided to redirect its attention to other needed areas of the county. 

The statement further averred that the organization wishes to present the plan for the building to the President for continuity through the Nimba County Legislative Caucus and stakeholders of Zoe-Geh District. 

Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, UNNIDEP is a non-political and not-for-profit organization that was established to help citizens of Nimba County in the core areas of education, health, and Agriculture. 

In 2017, the organization upgraded the Computer Lab of the Nimba County Community College. 

Finally Mr. Tour, who described the school as a “death trap,” called on President Weah to attach urgency to the construction and make it one of the top priorities on his development agenda.

In line with the President's promise, the Ministry of Education with support from the World Bank has subsequently launched the renovation and rehabilitation of all public senior high schools across the country, and also elevated some of the Junior high schools to senior high status in educational districts that are without public senior secondary schools.  This came through a grant for improvement of the physical environment of Senior Secondary Schools. 

The project is being implemented using the Community Empowerment Approach (CEA) to trigger local economic development.

The Grant for Public and Community High Schools' Renovation, Rehabilitation, and Expansion was launched recently in Kakata, Margibi County.