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UNMIL Graduates 31 AFL Soldiers

About thirty-one officers of the Engineering Company of the Armed Forces of Liberia or AFL have graduated from a twelve-week training in Engineer plants and Equipment at the headquarter of UNMIL Sector “B” in Suakoko, Bong County.

The training, conducted by the Bangladeshi Engineer Battalion 20, primarily focused on providing basic knowledge on the operations of Engineer Plants and Equipment. The soldiers were divided into six groups, with each group undergoing training in operating Bulldozer, Dump Truck, Excavator, Loader, Motor Grader and Limited Scale Maintenance.

Speaking at the graduation, the Deputy Chief of Staff of the AFL, Colonel Denial Moore extended appreciation to the Bangladeshi engineering company for the training.

He described the training as a great step for the AFL Soldiers, urging them to use the training for the people of Liberia. The AFL Deputy Chief of Staff noted that the graduation marked another milestone in the training of the AFL soldiers to protect the country.

Representing the Bangladesh contingent, Lieutenant Cornel Md Asadul Islam praised the thirty-one soldiers for their time and interest in learning at the training center for twelve weeks, reaffirming UNMIL’s commitment to helping the AFL in all areas of their required training.

County, District Supts. In ‘Bitterness’

There are reports of ‘extreme bitterness’ between Bong County Superintendent Selena Polson-Mappy and Kokoyah Statutory District Superintendent Joseph Weleteh Flomo.  The disagreement is said to have developed from Mr. Weleteh’s refusal to make available reports on the usage of the US$30, 000.00 land rental fee paid by Atlantic Resource Liberia, Limited to the district.

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In a rather tension-packed meeting in Botota last weekend, the Kokoyah Statutory Superintendent refused to provide a report on the money he’s accused of diverting to his personal use.

According to Mr. Flomo, his lawyers were preparing to launch a lawsuit, and that he was reserving the disposal of any document pertaining to the matter. Upon his refusal, an angry Superintendent Mappy phoned Internal Affairs Minister Morris Dukuly, calling his attention to the behavior of the under-fire Joseph Weleteh Flomo.

President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf may likely sack Mr. Joseph Weleteh Flomo for disrespecting her vice-jury, reports reaching our Bong County correspondent have revealed.

Weeks back, the Bong Legislative Caucus wrote the President, calling for an investigation into the expenditure of the US$30,000.00 by the Statutory District Superintendent without the input of the county administration. Since then, Mr. Flomo has put up a non-compliance posture to any investigation.

Fuamah Citizens Hail Cuttington President

Several citizens of Fuamah District have hailed the President of Cuttington University in Suakoko, Bong County, Dr. Henrique Flomo Tokpa for the establishment and construction of the Cuttington University Junior College in Kakata, Margibi County.

The citizens, in a statement recently, expressed heartfelt gratitude to the CU President for his farsightedness in meeting the educational needs of people in not only Margibi, but also Fuamah District citizens, who is attending the school in their numbers. The Cuttington University has purchased over two hundred acres of land and constructed the first building for the Junior College.

According to the citizens, the construction of the Junior College clearly indicates Tokpa’s dream to greatly help Liberians living in the Fuamah District to acquire higher education, as there were no means for parents and guardians to send their children to schools in other places.

The Fuamah Citizens, during a well-attended a consultative meeting recently, described Dr. Tokpa as a shining and practical example of a visionary person whose primary interest is the ordinary people. The CU President has to his credit the addition of two other campuses to Cuttington- the Junior College in Kakata, Margibi County and Graduate School in Monrovia.

During the acquaintance visit to the district, Dr. Henrique Flomo Tokpa, petitioned to vie for the Senatorial seat next year for Bong County, but yet to officially respond, presented 51 bundles of zinc to thirteen towns in Fuamah District to initiate self-help projects in their respective communities. Youths were given several footballs and sets of jerseys to further their unity.

Dr. Tokpa visited Haindi, Mawai, Willeta, Popota and several other towns in Fuamah at which time citizens praised and appreciated him for educating the young people of Bong County, pledging their support to his senatorial bid should he contest.

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