As part of its corporate social responsibility,the American –Liberian United Mineral Incorporated (AMLIB) recently constructed and turned over two elementary schools to inhabitants of Sayeweh and Dean Town communities in Kokoyah District, Bong County.
Speaking at the formal turning over ceremony, the Chief Executive Officer of AMLIB Geoff Eyre reaffirmed his company’s commitment to working with the citizens in ensuring the social benefits they deserve as communities. He indicated that the company is not only interested in extracting resources from Liberia, but equally the returned benefits Liberians receive as a result of their investment in the country.
Mr. Eyre averred that beyond the construction of the schools, interventions were also being made for the provision of safe drinking water to communities directly affected by its operations in Kokoyah as means of improving the Water and Sanitation situation in these areas.
The AMLIB boss also disclosed that the company was finalizing plans for the provision of text books and other instructional materials to the two educational facilities to enhance the work of teachers who have limited access to learning resource materials to provide proper instruction for the students.
Also speaking at the formal dedicatory ceremony, Bong County Senator Jewel Howard-Taylor urged parents to consider the construction of the schools as a glorious opportunity for their children, admonishing them to exert efforts to ensure that the schools were properly managed for the long-term benefit of their communities.
The Bong County Lawmaker further cautioned parents not to use the schools as mere decoration for their communities, but employ their time to ensure that their children were in school regularly.
She indicated that if Liberia is to develop at a fast pace, more concentration must be given the educational sector through realistic programs to accelerate a decentralized educational initiative for the benefit of the upcoming generation.
She used the forum to laud AMLIB for its honest approach to dealing with issues surrounding its corporate social responsibility in Bong County which the citizens were now feeling the returned benefits. The cost of the two primary schools is in the tone of about fifty thousand United States Dollars ($ 50,000.00USD).