Grand Kru County district #2 Rep. Fonati Koffa is commanding President George Manneh Weah for declaring tuition free for all public universities here.During a news conference Wednesday, 31 October, Rep. Koffa said when the President’s statement is legislated, it will serve as a relief for the incoming generations, even after President Weah’s tenure.
Rep. Koffa announces that he is willing to support the waiver of tuition by President Weah.“I will support full the enacting into law the tuition scheme as announced by the President,” he says.
While visiting the Capitol Hill Campus of the University of Liberia (UL), President Weah announced tuition waiver for all undergraduate students in all public universities here.Rep. Koffa notes that this move by the President will sustain his quest to reduce poverty between the rich and the poor in line with Government’s recently launched Pro-Poor Agenda for Prosperity and Development (PAPD).
At the same time, Rep. Koffa has questioned those that are casting dark cloud over the president’s tuition free education pronouncement.“…How did they know that there is no funding for this? This is something the students brought and I believe the president identified that, he spoke with the Minister of Finance, and his economic team before making such pronouncement. I think some people are grappling with this,” he says.
Explaining his understanding of “Pro-Poor,” Rep. Koffa says it means essentially you are organizing the government and the society to cater to those who do not have.According to him, this happens to be majority of Liberians.
“Maybe society caters to a different class of people, but when you say the Pro-Poor Agenda, it caters to the poor. That’s the option for the poor and if you cannot lift them up by giving them free tuition, give them quality education, give them free and quality healthcare,” he continues.
In a related development, Rep. Koffa has described as excellent, Government’s Pro-Poor Agenda, adding that said vision can only be fully actualized if all Liberians are willing to put aside their differences and work along with the government to ensure its accomplishment.
He says there are certain key components of the economy such as the rigorous road constructions, infrastructure, increase in trade and commerce, which will need the participation of all to ensure that they are accomplished.
Upon his return from the United States, the Grand Kru lawmaker says as a result of his visit to the U.S., a team of professional doctors will arrive in country early 2019 to render services to people within the Southeast.
“We met with and interacted with the leadership of the Grand Kru Community Development Association…and during those meetings, we were able to review with them their development vision and concept for the county,” he says.
Rep. Koffa discloses that the Grand Kru Community Development Association is currently preparing chairs for county schools, and arranging for the dispatch of a medical team to the southeast this January.Once the plan is concluded, he says statement will be released on the various kinds of services they will render while in Liberia.
Meanwhile, Rep. Koffa says he also met with some private donors in the U.S., indicating that discussions suggest a positive response from partners.The Grand Kru lawmaker names the construction of three separate schools within the district as an immediate priority for the people.
By Bridgett Milton –Edited by Winston W. Parley