Tension is reportedly mounting in Bong County following cancellation of the induction ceremony of former lawmaker Samuel Bondo as the new County Education Officer.
The program was expected last Friday, but the Human Resource Officer of the Ministry of Education local office in Bong announced the cancellation of the induction, leaving many persons, who had converged in Gbarnga to grace the ceremony disappointed.
Attendees waited for about four hours only to be told that the program was cancelled due to circumstances beyond the control of the organizers. Reasons for the cancellation was not convincing to many, but in few seconds information emerged that three Bong County lawmakers: Senator Henry Yallah, Senator Jewel Howard Taylor, who chairs the Senate Committee on Education, and Representative Edward Karfiah have told officials at the Ministry of Education not to assign former Representative Bondo in Bong County on grounds that he might gain too much popularity and contest against incumbent Representative Karfiah, who unseated him in 2011.
Some teachers in the county have already threatened to boycott classes if Bondo is replaced as CEO, arguing that he hails from the county and knows their problems. The aggrieved teachers said their interest was being comprised by people with selfish agenda.
Jorquelleh District Teachers Association head, Hanson Dolo, said as far they are concerned,ex-Representative Samuel Bondo remains the CEO of Bong County. The President of the National Teachers Association Bong County branch, James Miller, told The NewDawn Bong correspondent it is a sad day for the educational system that the Ministry of Education would not take an independent decision, but allowed people to remote control the ministry at their detriment as teachers, adding that indeed, the educational system is really a mess as stated by President Sirleaf.
Senator Yallah is yet to respond to calls and text from our correspondent since Friday on this matter. Although many people in Bong County do not believe him, Representative Edward Karfiah told a local gathering that he does not have idea about the rumour linking him to the replacement of Samuel Bondo as Bong County Education Officer. According to him, he was surprised by the continuous speculation.
Sources at the Ministry of Education however told our Bong County correspondent that they are under serious pressure from the three lawmakers not to assign Bondo as CEO in the county. Representative Edward Karfiah is currently being accused of stopping renovation of the Suakoko Leprosy Camp on grounds that the head of the group wanting to do the work has intention to contest against him. Editing by Jonathan Browne