Voinjama, Lofa County - Teachers assigned in Lofa County are calling for the establishment of local banks in the seven districts of the county, to facilitate the encashment of their salary checks. One of the teachers, J. Mulbah Zayzay, told the Liberia News Agency that because teachers have to travel to Voinjama, the provincial capital, to encash salary checks, teachers outside of the Voinjama always abandon classes for nearly a week to go after their salaries.

Several teachers assigned in Lofa County, who had converged at the Voinjama Administration Building Wednesday, expressed frustration over this situation which, they said, usually leaves many of them stranded. Instructor Zayzay said teachers travel long distances from Salayea, Zorzor, Quardu Gboni, Kolahun, Foya and Vahun distracts to Voinjama for their salaries, noting that some of the teachers spend over LD$2,000 on transportation, lodging and feeding.

He added that the situation was also posing economic hardships for them and their families. Several of the teachers told LINA that the situation was also causing a serious setback to the education of students in the county. They said, establishment of the local banks in every district of the county will help reduce the economic burden not only for them, but other government employees as well.

Liberian Youths Engaged in Communal Farming

Kolahun, Lofa County - In support of government's development initiatives in Lofa County, youth in Lukasu Town, Kolahun District has embarked on the cultivation of a 75-acre communal farm. Speaking to the Liberia News Agency during an inspection tour of the farm on March 18, the Youth Chairman of Lukasu Town, Alexander Bongolee, said the youth had decided to get involved in farming to boost Government's food self-sufficiency initiative.

He said, the undertaking was also intended to prove that President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf was right when she praised the people of Kolahun Distric, for the progress they are making in agriculture. Bongolee also told LINA that proceeds from the 75-acre farm will go towards the construction of a youth center and the completion of a US$34,000 Town Hall project in Lukasu Town.

He added that when completed, the youth center will be used as the venue for discussion of the youths for intellectual issues, matters affecting the district and the county as well as meetings and other activities. Meanwhile, Bongolee has commended the youth of Lukasu Town for their high level of cooperation in development activities in the town, and urged them to remain engaged in activities that will ensure for them a bright future.

Cape Mount Supt. Paasewe Pats Baptist Church

Robertsport, Grand Cape Mount County - Grand Cape Mount County Superintendent, Imam Mohammed A. Paasewe, has expressed gratitude to the Baptist Church of Liberia for their huge investment in the county. He told the Liberia News Agency (LINA) that the construction of a school, health center, vocational and technical institution, as well as teachers and health workers' quarters in Bo-Waterside, Tewor District in Grand Cape Mount County is worthy of commendation.

He explained that besides human development, the church has provided job opportunities for the citizens, who have improved their living standard. Superintendent Paasewe said his administration will cooperate with any institution like the Baptist Church that wants to invest in the county in the interest of the people. He used the occasion to advise the citizens to formulate programs that will attract local and international investors to the county in the aftermath of the 14-year civil conflict.