Margibi to Get More Schools, Police Depot, Other Aid

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-As county authorities commit to transparency, accountability

With the availability of funds from the China Union Social Development Fund and government’s own allotment of development budget for Margibi County in the 2019/2020 fiscal budget, the County authorities of Margibi said all is set for several projects to begin.

In an interview with the Daily Observer in Monrovia earlier this week , Jerry Varnie, Superintendent of Margibi County, said his office has  begun working with other relevant agencies of government in the county in order to carry out the projects soon.

Superintendent Varnie named the construction of three elementary schools in Margibi Electoral Districts 4 and 5 and the construction of a Police Depot as some of the projects to soon begin.

He said other projects to embark on include the construction of a clinic, a footpath bridge and repairs and maintenance of several roads in District #3.

Varnie added that the towns in which the three schools will be built are Gaylalah, Kolliedede and Konoquelleh townships. He said school going children residing in those towns  have to walk long distances to attend school, thereby exposing them to risks and untold hardship.

“Students in those towns and the adjacent areas will no longer have to cover long distances to receive an elementary education. The Ministry of Education, through its Margibi office will assign teachers to those schools to cater to our children,” Varnie explained.

According to him, the need for the construction of a Police Depot in District #1 is important because the presence of police officers will reduce the rampant crimes  in the area.

“The Clinic will be built in Mende Town, District #1 while the footpath bridge will be constructed between Dolo Town and Unification Town (District #2),” Varney said.

When asked about adherence to the Public Procurement and Concession Commission (PPCC) law which calls for competitive bidding for all public or government funded projects, Varnie said his procurement office has extended an invitation requesting proposals from mainly local construction companies.

“In obedience to the PPCC law, we have extended an invitation for bidding to all construction companies with valid business registration certificates, valid tax clearance certificate and evidence of past performance.

“Articles of incorporation,  PPCC registered construction companies as well as valid certificates from the Ministry of Public Works are all considered in the bidding process,” Varnie noted.

He said a complete set of hard copy bidding documents in English can be obtained from the Administration Building of Margibi as of March 27.

He added that residents of Margibi, including the County Caucus and the local authorities are at peace with each other and supportive of all of the infrastructure developments ongoing and others yet to begin.

“There are difficult times but collectively we are succeeding together. The County’s monies are accounted for through projects. We are not interested in finding excuses for failing our people,” he said, adding “Our legacy will be seen in the future and appreciated by even our opponents of today.”

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  • David S. Menjor is a Liberian journalist whose work, mainly in the print media has given so much meaning to the world of balanced and credible mass communication. David is married and interestingly he is also knowledgeable in the area of education since he has received some primary teacher training from the Kakata Rural Teacher Training Institute (KRTTI). David, after leaving Radio Five, a broadcast media outlet, in 2016, he took on the challenge to venture into the print media affairs with the Dailly Observer Newspaper. Since then he has created his own enviable space. He is a student at the University of Liberia.

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David S. Menjor is a Liberian journalist whose work, mainly in the print media has given so much meaning to the world of balanced and credible mass communication. David is married and interestingly he is also knowledgeable in the area of education since he has received some primary teacher training from the Kakata Rural Teacher Training Institute (KRTTI). David, after leaving Radio Five, a broadcast media outlet, in 2016, he took on the challenge to venture into the print media affairs with the Dailly Observer Newspaper. Since then he has created his own enviable space. He is a student at the University of Liberia.

4 COMMENTS

  1. We hope that what is being said here will be implemented. Because, lets face it, Margibi County has a very poor track record of having done and/or completing them.

    We watching your

  2. Welcome back Joe. You were missed while you were gone. You’re the kind of guy who’s got an outgoing personality. Hope you and your family are in good spirits.

    The laptop deal:
    I align myself with the people who prevailed upon you. Your dad should keep your laptop while you travel. Yes, just hide or erase some secret stuff of yours that you do not want to be seen. Everything will be just fine. Okay Joe?

    JM,
    You sold the land to someone that you had in mind for me? I don’t think so. Never. You’re kidding.

    Safe travel.

  3. Uncle Hney,

    No, nothing shady or evil on my laptop. My sister is always using it and her mouth “can run” too much. So, I am very mindful on what i say or do there. But thank you for your words of advice.

    No, Sir, we did not sell all he land, We sold two lots to enable us get some cash for travels. We still have about 3 acres, so you safe. No fret.

    My dad is such an actor. As soon as he read what you and Uncle D had written about me leaving the laptop with him, he ran, shouting to the back yard where mom was during some house chores, “Jartu, Jartu, tell your son that his uncles Hney and Dolo has said that he should leave the laptop here, so he cant carry it with him”. No, he is not concern about helping his wife to do the chores, no thank you, Jartu, for what you are doing, but he is concern with me leaving laptop for him.

    We had spoken earlier about the laptop and I explained to him why I had to take the laptop with me to the States and he agreed, or at least he pretended to do so. When he read what you and Uncle D had written, whole story changed.

    But, you know what, I will leave it with him to be a “part of the discussion”. So, here is the deal, Uncle H, you have to give me your old laptop. No if or and about it. My base will be Californii, but I will visit Rhode Island, Massachusetts , and Minnesota, where Uncle Aaron resides with his wonderful family. I dare say, Uncle Hney, you are a resident in one of these states, so no, excuse. I am coming to you.. I also hope to meet Uncle Aaron.

    Case closed.

    Peace.

  4. JM,
    When you get here, we will talk. I will get in touch with my Jr. brother Aaron before you get here. It’s now 9:15 a.m. or 2:15 your time. I’m getting ready to find something to chew. After that, I will be going to work.

    When I get out there, I will respond better. Safe journey here. I promise we’ll talk by the loving grace of God.

    Peace

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