Politicians are noted for making promises, but fulfilling those promises can sometimes be something totally different as in the latest case involving the political leader of the opposition Alternative National Congress (ANC) Mr. Alexander B. Cummings, and the New Era International School on Bushrod Island, outskirt of Monrovia.
Mr. Cummings had allegedly pledged 500 bags of cement to the institution in 2017 when he served as a commencement speaker there, but allegedly provided only 40 bags.
Authorities of the New Era International School are commending the ANC leader for the 40 bags, but they note the promise has not been totally fulfilled.
Proprietor Mr. Osei Tabi explains that instead of the 500 bags of cement promised by the ANC political leader, only 40 bags was provided the school.
Mr. Tabi says while the school appreciates the gestured, he is disappointed that Mr. Cummings had requested them to collect the 40 bags of cement from Sinkor, which poses serious financial burden on the institution.
He discloses that due to the situation, the institution is constrained to spend half of the total cost of the cement on transportation from Sinkor to the school campus located opposite the Liberia Electricity Corporation (LEC) Plant on Bushrod Island.
According to him, he initially refused to accept the cement on grounds that it would have been better for Mr. Cummings to purchase the cement from a cement depot on Bushrod Island instead for easy accessibility.
Mr. Tabi narrates that in short, the institution only benefited 20 bags of cement because the other 20 bags were used to transport the balance thru a commercial truck that conveyed the cement from Mr. Cummings’s destination to Bushrod Island, something, he describes as discouraging.
He made the disclosure on Monday, 4 February in an interview on the school campus.
He added that during the commencement, the ANC leader also promised scholarships for deserving students, but said promise is yet to be fulfilled since the program in 2017.
The New Dawn has not independently authenticated Mr. Tabi’s assertion.
By Emmanuel Mondaye –Editing by Jonathan Browne