Lawmaker Promises ‘3 Ambulances’ for Resilient District Heath Sector

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Montserrado County District # 11 Representative Richard N. Koon.

-Will also elevate Dixville, Barnersville public schools to senior high

Montserrado County District # 11 Representative Richard N. Koon has promised to provide three ambulances to the district to improve the healthcare and delivery service for the residents.

Montserrado County District # 11 has four townships: Barnersville, Gardnersville, Dixville, and Caldwell.

On Saturday, January 27, during a ‘Reconciliatory Program’ held on the Barnersville sports pitch that brought together hundreds of people from the four townships, the Montserrado County lawmaker said the first ambulance will be turned over to the district on Sunday, February 11, at which time “coded cell phone numbers” will be given for emergencies.

“There are possibilities that every year we would be able to provide you an ambulance, but expect from us at least three ambulances,” Rep. Koon said. “In our pre-election promises, we said we are going to tackle the healthcare of our people.”

On his pre-election promise on education, the Associate Professor of Accounting told his constituents that they have started discussions with the District Education Officer (DEO) and the County Education Officer (CEO) to uplift the Dixville and Barnesville public schools to senior high schools.

“The intent of the elevation of the two schools is to curtail the influx of students to only two high schools in the district: EJ Goodridge and the Elizabeth Tubman Memorial Institute,” Rep. Koon stated. “I am a teacher, so I’ll feel bad if I see over 80 students in a classroom; that would never be a conducting learning environment.”

Though Rep. Koon didn’t attach a timeframe for the elevation of the junior to senior high schools during his speech, a close aide to the lawmaker told the Daily Observer that when the necessary documents are completed including some construction works, it would take effect from the start of the 2018/2019 academic school year.

Rep. Koon also announced that through his ‘Hon. Richard N. Koon Scholarship Program,’ he has started paying school fees for 73 underprivileged students in fulfillment of his pre-election promise.

“We have paid over L$380,000 to cover about 75% payment of the tuition of 73 students attending 18 private and three public schools…the remaining tuition will be paid later,” he said.

The Montserrado County District # 11 Representative also disclosed that among others, the Duahn Town/Dujah Road, the Tusafield Road and Lombardia Road projects form part of his first projects.

“About your personal issues or problems, we can promise you that we are going to try to solve them,” he added.

However, Rep. Koon expressed appreciation to “God, my campaign team, the Unity Party and most especially my wife, Mrs. Angeline Koon, for the victory.”

He also thanked the 22 representative hopefuls who contested for the Montserrado County District # 11 seat for their moral support since his election.

Aspirants Beauty Barcon, Peter Roberts and two other contestants who attended the ‘Reconciliatory Program’ pledged their continued support.

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