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In Sierra Leone, Lungi to benefit from a Modern Tec/Voc Institute
By Aruna Turay
May 25, 2010, 19:48

Holland based Sierra Leonean organization, Sierra Leone Central Union (SLCU) on Saturday 22nd May 2010 turned the sod for the construction of an ultra modern Technical and Vocational Institute at Lungi, Kaffu Bullom Chiefdom in the Port Loko District.

Giving a brief background of SLCU at the ceremony the Chairman of the organization, Mr. Mohamed Teslemy Bangura said it was formed to help bring development initiatives to their mother land. He disclosed that over the years, they had embarked on series of assistance gestures for the less privileged in society, especially amputees and other victims of the war in the country.

"But since the war is now at our back, we have thought it fit this time round invest in education in order to boost that sector that seems to sink," he informed, adding that they deliberately chose Lungi for the pilot phase for its lack of such facilities. "This will help cater for youths who want to pursue professional careers in various disciplines."

According to the Chairman the institute which will be offering courses in Tourism, Agriculture and Information Technology (IT) will be housed in four buildings with several classrooms for Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) candidates. He used the forum to express appreciation to the Sierra Leone Embassy in Belgium, especially Ambassador Dr. Christian Kargbo and Head of Chancery Haja Fatmata Binta Wurie for their tireless efforts in facilitating the project.

On behalf of the Lungi Wasaya Community, the Honorable Member of Parliament (MP) for Constituency 55, Hon. Benneh Bangura thanked the membership of SLCU for choosing his constituency for such a landmark project. He said the project was timely as the community lacked tertiary educational institutions even with many primary and secondary schools. With a vocational institute our children will now be spared the time to migrate to Freetown and elsewhere to pursue post secondary education," noting that such would in addition reduce the number of drop outs in Lungi.

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