Students from Grand Kru County attending universities and colleges in Monrovia have gowned Deputy Speaker J. Fonati Koffa for his development efforts in one of Liberia’s poorest counties.
The students under the banner, Conscious Students of Grand Kru County lauded the Deputy Speaker for the construction of elementary schools as well as using his lobbying prowess to construct a communication tower in Buah-Parluken, and the rehabilitation of roads and donation of a 19 KVA generator to Rally Town Hospital, the only referral hospital in Grand Kru.
In a remark, the student leader, Timothy Blamon Grandoe, also thanked Cllr. Koffa for the L$1 million market women loan scheme, as well as other financial and material support to the student community.
“This historic occasion comes in recognition of unnumbered personal contributions you have made and continue to make to citizens and non-citizens of Grand Kru County, and your rise to the Deputy Speakership of the House of Representatives, thus placing you among great and sons and daughters who have lifted Grand Kru County,” said Timothy, the Secretary-General of the Conscious Students of Grand Kru County.
In recognition of the achievements, the students “gowned” the Deputy Speaker and presented a painted portrait of him. This is the first honor from tertiary students of Grand Kru County to Rep. Koffa since 2008 and also the first of its kind for any organization or student community to present double honoring items under three years.
The President of the Conscious Students of Grand Kru, J. Ricky Sloh added that the gesture by the student organization also stemmed from the impact of the Deputy Speaker into the livelihood of ordinary citizens cut across regional lines.
In response to the recognition by the Conscious Students of Grand Kru, Deputy Speaker Koffa said he was honored by the move of the students to appreciate his numerous contributions to his district (Grand Kru County District #2), the county, and Liberia in many different ways.
“I am humbled for the honor,” he said.
Meanwhile, the Chief of Office Staff to the Deputy Speaker, Hilary S. Kofa, disclosed that plans have been finalized to open the 28-kilometer Bolloh new town road, which will connect Warkpo, Dorbor, and Nykenekpo. He also said the office has committed itself to Jloh in resolving the land crisis and the road.