Nimbaians residing in the United States of America under the banner, United Nimbaians for Development and Progress (UNIDEP), recently broke ground for the reconstruction of the Bahn High School in Nimba County at the projected cost of US$267,000.
The current school edifice, built since 1952, has become very dilapidated, leaving many to describe it as a ‘death trap’ for the teaching staff and students.
According to P. Mercy K. Lurlay, UNIDEP Chapter Coordinator, the new construction will include the main building and all other the facilities required of a modern school which includes an equipped laboratory, library and life skills training facilities.
Madam Lurlay recalled that in 2016, UNIDEP leadership in the U.S. asked her to conduct a survey on development initiatives, including health, education, and agriculture facilities in the country.
“And it is based on the results of the survey, the organization has begun extending help to Nimba, and among the first groups to benefit from its development initiative was the Nimba County Community College, which received about 37 pieces of laptops,” she said.
According to her, in order to enhance the dissemination of information by the local radio stations, UNIDEP donated five new laptops to five community radio stations in Nimba County.
“The cost of the reconstruction of the Bahn High School was among the organization’s agenda following a feasibility study, which targeted US$270,000,” the head of the UNIDEP team from the U.S. Amos Zawolo has said.
Zawolo informed the cheering crowd at the Bahn ceremony that his organization focuses on development void of anything that has to do with politics.
He then called on the residents to join UNIDEP in the reconstruction the Bahn High School, saying, “do not insinuate that we come from the U.S. with plenty of money; please disabuse yourselves of that thought, and come to us with all your meaningful contributions that will speed up the project.”
The ceremony was attended by scores of permanent Nimbaians, including Associate Justice Kabineh Ja’neh, Representatives Roger Domah, Gunpue Kargon, Supt. David Dorr Cooper, and the County Education Officer Moses Dologbaye.
The ground-breaking ceremony, which started with a parade through the only street in Bahn, was climaxed with a rally, which realized more than 500 bags of cement and some undisclosed amount of both Liberian and United States dollars.