By Alva M. Wolokolie
Considering the quest for decentralization of educational opportunities for all Liberians especially those graduating from high schools, the Plenary of the House of Representatives has overwhelmingly voted for the establishment of a community college within the municipality of Paynesville, Montserrado County.
The passage of the bill came as a result of a proposed bill previously submitted to Plenary by Montserrado County District # 5 Representative Thomas P. Fallah in August 2012 opting for an Act to create a community college in that area.
Minutes after the passage of the bill yesterday during the House’s regular session at the Capitol Building, lawmakers within the municipal city of Paynesville were delighted commending their colleagues for supporting the initiative.
Rep. Thomas P. Fallah, Rep. Bill Twehway who chairs the Committee on Education, Rep. Henry Boima Fahnbulleh and Edwin Melvin Snowe told legislative reporters at a joint press conference in separate speeches that the passage of the Act to create the college is a manifestation of the Unity Party led administration to promote its policy on higher education in the country.
The bill which is expected to go at the upper House of Senate for concurrence seeks to meet the demand of over fifty thousand high school students in the municipality of Paynesville and its environs whose quest for tertiary education cannot be overemphasized.
The lawmakers said they have already begun the process of lobbying with the colleagues and the Committee on Ways, Means and Finance to ensure that the college gets budgetary allotment to start operation next academic year.
The Paynesville City lawmakers indicated that with the population of over 300,000 inhabitants which has over 65% of its youthful population in school, they are of the conviction that the establishment of a community college to be known and styled the “Paynesville Community College” through legislation will provide the necessary educational opportunities for the young people many of whom are languishing in abject poverty and destitution and are unable to afford university education from private institutions.