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Rep. Foko defies critics

Montserrado county District #9 Representative Frank Saah Foko, calls on all major contenders in his district to stop castigating him for not providing free tuition school and food to residents.

He says there is no way a representative can send close to twenty thousand students to school and feed an entire district. 

“What is your source of income? Where are you going to get the money from? It is impossible and your salary can not do that,” he argues. 

He says even if those criticizing him were to do so, these students will drop out of school following a semester because there will be no money left to continue the process.

Addressing a news conference on Monday, November 7, in Monrovia, Rep. Foko said that the issue of free tuition school and food is a nationwide problem.

He says it would be crucial to put forth a strategy that explains how the country can grow its own food or what government can do to address the issue, instead of criticizing unnecessarily.

“So, when you become representative, are you going to provide food to people’s homes every day or because you want to incite the people against me that’s why you’re telling them that you’ll feed them? You cannot make it,” he noted.

He maintains that no one representative can provide scholarships for over 20,000 students in the district therefore, he says the politics of lying to the people should stop.

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According to him, the discourse at this time should be, what government can do to address the issue of tuition and food, adding, “You have to come now with your strategy plan, rather than coming with insult and propaganda.” 

 “Sometimes the way we carry out our self as a leader, that’s how our supporters will behave. Because if you start to insult me as your community leader, your supporters will obviously do the same. So, what will happen if my supporters act the same way? Then it becomes a problem.”

However, he promises to provide public education and tutorials during the 2023 general election.

On whether he would re-contest in the pending election, the district#9 lawmaker says that decision is left with the people. Editing by Jonathan Browne

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