The President of the Liberian Senate, Vice President Chief Dr. Jewel Howard-Taylor, yesterday signed the “Act Repealing the Act Creating the Tumutu Vocational Training Institute to the Tumutu Agriculture and Technical College for onward submission to President George M. Weah, saying the passage of the Act is a “dream come true”.
Vice President stated that the proposed Tumutu Agriculture and Technical College is to be constructed based in Salala District, Bong County. The bill was introduced and submitted to the Senate by Bong County Senator Dr. Henrique F. Tokpah in September 2019.
Signing the document at her Capitol Building Office on Tuesday, 03 May 2020, Vice President Howard-Taylor termed the passage of the bill as a dream come true, while extending special appreciation to Senator Tokpah.
VP Howard-Taylor said, the dreams of Tunutu has been a long opted dream of the people of the lower part of the county. She said that it has been the quest of the people of Lower Bong to have a tertiary institution and a major hospital facility in that part of the county so that they too will have access to some of the facilities people of the upper part of Bong County enjoy.
“What we have discussed earlier, when I was a member of the Liberian Senate, is that that we attach Tumutu to the Bong County Technical College, so that it can become part of the technical college at the quarter end of this year, and we were able make the dream for Tumutu to come to fruition”.
In her official capacity as President of the Senate, Vice President Howard-Taylor said she was affixing her signature to the document which has the greatest potential to positively impact the lives of the Liberian people in the educational sector, and emphasized that the establishment of the college will not only benefit the people of Bong but adjacent counties.
The Vice President expressed the hope that the college will give keen attention to the area of agribusiness to help citizens to process and add more value to their crops. “Agribusiness is crucial to the development of the sector, and we should ensure the empowerment of many young people in this area,” the Vice President asserted.
She then stressed the need for trained agriculture professionals to ensure Liberia’s self-sufficiency in agricultural production.
For his part, Senator Tokpah, who accompanied the Secretary of Senate, Nanborlor Singbeh, to the office of the Vice President, expressed excitement over recent decision by House of Representatives to concur with the Senate in passing the instrument.
When approved by His Excellency President George Weah, the College will grant an Associate of Arts Degree in various fields of discipline including Agriculture, Health and Natural Sciences, Education, Engineering, Business Information and Communication Technology, among others.