The Speaker of ECOWAS Parliament, Mr Sidie Tunis, has donated Ten Thousand Dollars ($10,000) to facilitate development projects in Sime Darby Central High School and the Liberia Government Hospital both in Bomi County, Liberia.
5000 dollars is to go Sime Darby Central High School while the balance will be given to the Liberia Government Hospital
Mr Tunis made the donations during an oversight visit to some communities across the Bomi County while attending the ECOWAS Parliament delocalized meeting.
According to Mr Tunis, the visit to the institutions was aimed at bringing the ECOWAS Parliament to the people by engaging with them to know their challenges and how they can be addressed.
While announcing the donation at Sime Darby Central High School, the Speaker urged the students to remain focused in their studies to become leaders in future.
He also urged the female students not to limit themselves but aspire to become world leaders and professionals in various fields.
“This is the first school I have addressed in my capacity as speaker and my advice for you all is to remain focused in your studies and disciplined, the future of this country is in your hands. Today you are seated there, tomorrow you will be standing up here, but that depends on you and how focused you are.
“Especially you the women, in Parliament we are focusing on women empowerment as priority so that tomorrow you do not just end up in the kitchen but become world leaders, doctors, lawyers and other great professionals.
At the Liberia Government Hospital, the Speaker said that the donation was also a support from the ECOWAS Parliament to strengthen the health system, commending the hospital administration for catering for three counties.
“We cannot appreciate the efforts of Doctors and health workers and that is why when there are agitations for pay rise I say no amount can be enough to pay for all you do.
“I will put pressure on President George Weah to bring this hospital to great standards and provide all the necessary facilities requires”, Tunis added.
Sen. Edwin Snowe representing Bomi County appreciated the Speaker for his kind gestures and urged the school authority to use the donation judiciously.
He also advised the school authority to use the money for a significant project which should be named after the Speaker, Tunis.
Snowe also appreciated Tunis for his support to the Liberian hospital noting that the hospital played a significant role during the Ebola pandemic as it was the epi-center that catered for three counties in the district.
Earlier, the Bomi County Health Officer, Dr. Siana Jackson who appreciated the visit of the Speaker of the ECOWAS Parliament, appealed to the Speaker to help the hospital get a twenty four hour power supply to enable them function effectively.