The Minister of Lands, Mines & Energy, Patrick Sendolo, has been summoned to appear before the 73-member plenary of the House of Representatives to explain why the degradation of D. Twe High School by coastal erosion is still unaddressed.
At plenary, House Speaker J. Alex Tyler Sr., who was absent for two days, instructed Chief Clerk Mildred Sayon to invite Min. Sendolo to appear between now and Tuesday, June 7, in the House Chambers at 11 a.m.
The request for the appearance of Minister Sendolo was prompted by a letter from Lofa County District # 1 Rep. Eugene Fallah Kparkar, which indicated that public and private assets like D. Twe High School, along with others, are in ruins because of coastal erosion, despite the passage of the Coastal Defense Act.
“I wish to extend sincere compliments and bring to your attention the problem of our coastlines. Critically working at our coast lines, major assets of our dear country are being affected and the ocean waters continue to take over the land,” Rep. Kparkar said.
“Several counties are affected as a result of coastal degradation. In fact, it was against this backdrop that the National Legislature passed the Coastal Defense Act. Understandably, this is a unit at the Ministry of Lands, Mines and Energy which is responsible for that; but quite astonishingly, some major public and private assets, such as the D. Twe High School and many others, are likely to be ruined.”
It may be recalled that Deputy Education Minister for Administration, Aagon F. Tingba, who toured several school buildings in Montserrado County, told this newspaper that the D. Twe High School problem is part of the current rehabilitation efforts of the MOE.
“When a portion of the fence fell few months ago,” Minister Tingba said, “I went along with the Minister of Education to do firsthand assessment of the situation.”
Back then, he said that a contractor had been engaged by the MOE, under the Quick Impact Project, to take care of the situation. However, reports from New Kru Town indicated otherwise, as neighbors told the Daily Observer that a portion in the D. Twe fence, directly behind the school, is used by some people in the community to respond to nature’s call.
“There is human waste behind the school where the school’s toilet building is located,” a resident said. “The stench can kill you.”
D. Twe High School was built in the 1970s during the regime of President William R. Tolbert and named in honor of legendary Kru politician, D. Twe. The school is one of the public schools being run by the Monrovia Consolidated School System (MCSS).