-- As Senate reporters return into Senate chambers today
The Plenary of the Liberian Senate has overwhelmingly passed into law a bill seeking to create Trehnbo Vocational Institute in Grand Kru County.
The bill was passed into law on Tuesday, August 10, 2021, following a report from the Senate Committee on Education and Public Administration recommending Plenary’s endorsement of the recommendations contained in the report.
The Bill was submitted by Grand Kru Senator and President Pro-Tempore of the Liberian Senate, Albert Tugbe Chie for enactment.
The Bill was passed into law through a motion proffered by Montserrado County Senator, Abraham Darius Dillon.
Senator Chie in his submission indicated that when the bill is enacted into law and the Vocational Institute is created and subsequently funded, the institute will offer livelihood skills in masonry, carpentry, plumbing, general agriculture, home economies, electricity, small scale mining and environmental technology amongst others.
Pro-Temp Chie added that the TVI will admit and benefit students mainly from Grand Kru and other southeastern counties, although it will welcome students from all over Liberia, adding that the proposed Act is in pursuit of youth empowerment, decentralization of educational facilities and privileges and economic development.
He further asserted that the aims and objectives of the proposed bill is to amongst other things, provide instructional and learning conditions in all aspects of vocational training and education that shall effectively promote the empowerment, development and interest of the youthful population of Grand Kru County in particular, and those in the Southeast and Liberia in general.
According to a Senate Press release, the bill also seeks to create, promote and implement a co-educational institute of vocational learning within Grand Kru and to grant certificates and diplomas.
The Institution is also to promote and maintain centres of learning where constituents of all races, classes and faiths, gender and ethnic settings can enjoy equal opportunity of vocational education and learning activities.
Upon enactment, the Trehnbo Vocational Institute shall have a Board of Trustees, Director and Deputy Director for Administration, Deputy Director for Academic Affairs, Assistant Director for Fiscal Affairs, Assistant Director for Records, Registration and Admission, Assistant Director for Students Affairs and Heads of Department and Programs.
The bill has been sent to the House of Representative for concurrence.
Meanwhile, reporters covering the Senate have been given green light to return to the Chambers for normal coverage after staying away for several weeks due to the COVID-19 restriction.
According to the Senate Press Bureau, the Senate’s decision, which was prompted by the emergence of another variant of the coronavirus, is being relaxed for the Legislative reporters who have been depending on handouts from their colleagues from the Senate Press Bureau to report happenings.