Nimba County Senator Prince Yormie Johnson has broken ground for the construction of a computer lab, which will be an annex to a multipurpose technical college he is constructing in the commercial city of Ganta, Nimba County.
Senator Johnson told reporters at the groundbreaking ceremony that the computer lab will be second to none in the county for research and other purposes.
He said students will use the basement as a dining hall, while the upper part will serve as a modern computer science lab. He didn’t, however, give the cost of the project, but explained that upon the completion of the computer lab and the dining hall, he will be embarking on the construction of dormitories.
Senator Johnson also explained that the computer lab will enhance students’ learning process and that many new courses will be introduced and facilitated by professors from abroad.
In 2014, he embarked on the construction of a 36-classroom complex for technical and vocational education in Ganta. Currently, the three-story building is almost at a finishing level. The senator has also begun the construction of a modern gym in the premises of the technical school.
The gymnasium, if completed, will be one of the biggest in Liberia. He said upon the completion of the polytechnic school, he will hire professors, but more preferences will be given to Liberians. “The first two years, this school will offer “AA” degree, followed by BSc degrees,” he said.
The school, which is yet to be named, is expected to be completed by July 2019 and classes will start immediately, Senator Johnson said. It will be the largest private college to be built by an individual and will also be the third college in Nimba County besides LICC and NCCC.
In a similar development, Senator Prince Johnson is also embarking on the construction of a public library in an area which many considered as disputed land, given to him by the City Mayor of Ganta.
There has been confusion in Ganta over a lot of land given to Senator Johnson by City Mayor Amos Suah, because the land is believed to be a public land. But Senator Johnson said in an interview that the City Mayor has the right to give public land to anybody who would like to carry on meaningful development.
He explained that the land in question will be used to construct a modern public library to which everybody will have access.