MYS TO REOPEN TUMUTU TRAINING CENTER IN JULY
Monday, 20th June 2016

Participants at the Stakeholders Engagement Forum
Participants at the Stakeholders Engagement Forum
Photo Credit: MYS PA
MYS TO REOPEN TUMUTU TRAINING CENTER IN JULY The Ministry of youth and Sports has declared that it will reopen the Tumutu Agriculture Training Center (TAVTC) in Salala District, Bong County, early July 2016. Dep. Min. for Youth Development Lance Gbagonyon and Dep. Min. for Administration Dr. T Nancy Freeman gave the assurance recently when they met in the district with two members of the Bong County Legislative Caucus: Senator Jewel Howard Taylor and Adam Bill Konneh, along with other officials and citizens of the county, at a community engagement forum to discuss TAVTC’s status. When it reopens, TAVTC, a tuition-free boarding institution, will serve some 200 youth from Bong, Margibi and Lofa Counties – teaching them the practical and theory of general agriculture: vegetable production, food crop production, tree crop production, and animal husbandry, including piggery, poultry and fishery. “…renovation work is done, recruitment of students is being finalized so that the center can be reopened early July 2016,” said Dep. Min. Gbagonyon. “What I appeal to the youth of Salala District to do is to take politics out of the operation of the center. Too much of talking will not do for you what you need, what’s good for you. Put your mind to the learning the center will give you. Put aside politics and take advantage of the center to improve you.” He made it clear that though the center would be tuition-free, students would be required to bring on campus with their own tools and personal effects. For her part, Dr. Freeman urged especially the citizens of Salala to consider the school as their personal belonging that deserves their maximum care. “Often Liberians say it is a government thing, once an institution like is built by government,” she averred.” “Yes it is built by government; but who are the government?” she asked, receiving a chorus of “we are” from her audience. “Then it is for you, mainly the youth, for whom it is meant, to take good care of it,” she continued. Senator Taylor, who has been working constantly with MYS to ensure reopening of the center, described the ministry as remaining unwavering in its efforts to restart the school. “The Ministry of Youth and SPorts has remained stable with its promise, not giving up on the project. I am happy that the center is about to open and that the larger portions of beneficiaries will come from Bong (as stated by DMYD Gbagonyon).” “The youth of Salala District and Bong County will work with the Management of Tumutu Agriculture Vocational Training Center to get the work of operating the center done,” promised the senator. She and Rep. Konneh promised to work together in helping government to raise the center to a higher level, with the representative noting the district was grateful to MYS for a “delicate and redeeming project”. Together they assured the audience that Bong County’s Legislative Caucus welcomed the project, saying it was time for caucus members to work concertedly for good of the institution and county. Salala District Commissioner Karmone Kenneh called TAVTC “an opportunity for the community”. He said the district was prepared to give full support to the ministry for success of the center. Chiefs and Elders of Salala also assured the gathering they would do all in their efforts to support MYS in running the institution. In addition to general agriculture, the school will teach good citizenship and leadership. In 2012, MYS, with funding from the World Bank, trained 142 youth in oil palm, rice, vegetable, and rubber production, through a service agency, called TRANSTEC, at TAVTC. Trained by the NGO Land Mine Action, the beneficiaries came from Grand Bassa, Grand Cape Mount, Bomi and Bong Counties.


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