This gesture by the district#2 lawmaker, Rep. Lt/Col. Smith is in line with the Government of Liberia’s Pro-poor agenda for prosperity and development (PAPD), which among other things, focuses on education.
Just in less than two years into the administration of President Dr. George Manneh Weah, the former police executive now lawmaker of the 54th Legislature continues to make some significant headways.
For example, he was able to craft a bill to transform the Monrovia Vocational Training Center (MVTC) into an autonomous agency. Besides, he also succeeded by effecting into the 2018/2019 fiscal budget funding for the construction of the Johnsonville, Peace Island and Nickley’s Town Road.
Rep. Smith further went on to dig into his pockets to fund a special private scholarship program at the MVTC where he is currently paying the tuition and fees for over three hundred students outside of government’s funding. Against this backdrop and in recognition of his numerous contributions towards the education of young people through vocational technical education, he together with Senator Saah Joseph were certificated by the authorities of MVTC as being one of the most, largest scholarship contributors to MVTC. The bill has been over-whelmingly supported by several lawmakers with specific reference to Rep. Moses Acarous Gray of District# 8, Montserrado County who has promised to stand by his colleague, Rep.Smith from the start to the end.
Presently as it relates to the proposed bill that calls for the establishment for the Johnsonville Community College, the Plenary of the Lower House has already had the first reading of the bill. It is expected that the proposed bill will surface on this week’s Thursday, September 12, 2019 for its second reading.