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Education a driving force for development

Grand Bassa County District #3 Representative Aspirant for the 2017 presidential and legislatives elections Matthew Joe says, education is not just a key but a significant driving force to any nation development.

The District#3 Representative hopeful said as long as the youth of Bassa have the desire to acquire education to enable them contribute to development of the county and Liberia at large, he remains committed to supporting the Grand Bassa University Student Association or GBUSA, specifically at the African Methodist Episcopal Zion University in Poor River outside Monrovia so that their goals for the future are actually achieved.

Speaking Wednesday, August 17, at GBUSA official fund drive held in the edifice of the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church in Monrovia, Mr. Joe indicated that Bassa pupils from different universities across Liberia are finding it difficult to remain in school as a result of financial constraint.

He said it is the legitimate right of the students of Bassa to acquire quality education through the county’s development funds allotted by government, but accused the Grand Bassa County Legislative Caucus for being responsible for several of the students being thrown out from their various universities, because of failure to pay tuition fees, something Mr. Joe described as worrisome.

“Let us be very watchful for who we intend to elect as leader for District # 3,” he cautioned. According to him, during the outbreak of the deadly Ebola Virus Disease, he was the first person who distributed several Ebola materials in many clinics and hospitals in Buchanan, Grand Bassa County to treat citizens who fell prey to virus.

The legislative aspirant said due to his humanitarian gesture, his people has petitioned him to contest for a seat in the county in the impending 2017 elections. He added that during the petitioning ceremony, over sixty communities from diverse backgrounds graced the occasion, saying he was delighted to see citizens from that part of Liberia to make positive statements about his petition.

At the same time Mr. Joe said politicians should not mix education with politics, stressing this will help move the democracy that all Liberians are yielding for. “We will not allow our Grand Bassa County students from diverse universities to bow down to any lawmaker as a mean to support their educational endeavors,” he indicated.

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At the close of the ceremony, the Grand Bassa District # 3 aspirant the contributed 20,000 Liberia Dollars to GBUSA’s fund-drive, promising to stand by them in their educational endeavors.

By Zee Roberts-Editing by Jonathan Browne

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