Over 1000 students in West Point are finally expected to return to school after two months delay in the completion of renovation work on their school.
The renovation work completed in 52 days, includes a junior high, a library and ceiling fans in every classroom.
The keys to the school were officially turned over on Friday, May 8, to Principal Gleh Mason, by Madam Roseline Sherman, Assistant Superintendent of Monrovia Consolidated School System, MCSS.
Lt. Col. Allen Hahn of UNMIL, representing the UN Partners and Chief Engineer Victor Stryker of the Department of Children, Family and Human Services (DCF), had earlier presented the keys on behalf of donors to Madam Sherman.
The renovation valued at about US$300K also included benches, chairs, and hand pumps.
The guest speaker, Dorbor Jallah, former Ebola Task Force Coordinator, commended the donors for the renovation. He said it is the dream of President Johnson Sirleaf to see the children back in school.
According to him, though Liberia is free of the Ebola virus, the ultimate relief would be if two neighboring countries, Guinea and Sierra Leone, are equally declared free of the virus.
Mr. Jallah warned against complacency, arguing that Liberia would not breathe a sigh of relief when its neighbors, Guinea and Sierra Leone are still trying to rein in the devastating illness.
“Let’s keep on washing our hands and be suspicious of seriously sick persons and community vigilance will be essential to preventing re-emergence,” Mr. Jallah warned.
Erected in the 1970s during the William R. Tolbert administration, the school was named in memory of the former Education Secretary, Nathaniel V. Massaquoi.
The building was looted and damaged during the infamous August 20, 2014, protest that later resulted to the shooting of 16 year old Shakie Kamara and teenager, Titus Nuah by soldiers of the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL).
The Township of West Point has a population of about 85,000 residents.
The AFL sponsored 50 men from its Engineering Company to assist with the renovations. The AFL’s involvement is part of a reconciliation pact with the Township.