Margibi Superintendent Lauds Firestone Liberia Development Drive
HARBEL, Liberia, West Africa (August 28, 2007)- Margibi County Superintendent Levi Piah is commending Firestone Liberia for its speedy rehabilitation and reconstruction drive in recent years.
Superintendent Piah was speaking in Harbel on Monday, Aug. 27, at a colorful program organized by a community-based youth group, the Youth for Transformation and Productivity (YOUTRAP).
The program was held in recognition of the improvements made by the Firestone Liberia School System over the years. Piah praised Firestone Liberia for the level of improvements made in its educational system as manifested by the rehabilitation of school facilities as well as the construction of additional modern ones and new homes for employees within the concession area.
Piah added that the young people of this country, especially children of the company’s employees, are the direct beneficiaries of the improvements made by Firestone Liberia in its school system. He called upon the students enrolled within various Firestone schools to take advantage of the opportunities provided them by entering and remaining in school.
The Margibi County Official called on Firestone Liberia to accept the recognition with pride and appreciation, saying, “the people who are benefiting directly from the work of Firestone (the youths), are now recognizing the efforts of the company.”
YOUTRAP Executive Director Jefferson Daryoue said it was his organization’s way of recognizing the improvements made in the educational system of the company by presenting a certificate of recognition to the Firestone Liberia school system as “the most improved school system in the country.”
Daryoue added that his group highly applauds Firestone Liberia and most especially its school system for the numerous roles it has played in educating the Liberian youths before and after the Liberian civil war.
He recounted the numerous achievements made by the company, including: the introduction of computer education within its school system at the junior and senior high levels, aimed at preparing students for the age of technology; the brilliant performance of Firestone students in the National Exams administered by the West African Examinations Council (WAEC); and the elevation of the Firestone school system to a high school level, among others.
Daryoue also named the employment of qualified instructors within the Firestone School System and the recent dedication of a modern science laboratory at the Firestone Senior High School as some of the achievements that have made the Firestone School System to be among the outstanding schools in Liberia.
The YOUTRAP Executive Director further observed that students of the Firestone Senior High School have access to modern laboratory equipment worth thousands of U.S. dollars to enhance their learning process and broaden their knowledge in the science courses.
The Liberian youth leader further asserted that there are many prominent Liberians who walked through the halls of the Firestone Liberia School System and are now contributing to the growth and sustenance of their country.
He specifically mentioned Dr. George Klay Kieh, a Professor of Politics in the United States, and Dr. Roland Massaquoi, former Agriculture Minster of Liberia, as few of many Liberians who have benefited from the Firestone School System.
Firestone Liberia Public Affairs Manager Rufus Karmorh, in his remarks, thanked the executives of YOUTRAP for presenting the certificate of recognition to Firestone Liberia, which he said clearly demonstrates the level interest with which the group had followed the company’s developmental activities over the years. He also noted that YOUTRAP had given keen attention and admiration to the human resource development program initiated by Firestone Liberia within the concession area.
Karmorh called on the dedicated employees of Firestone Liberia to keep alive their passion for the education of their children and to take special attention and interest in their children’s schooling. He also reaffirmed Firestone’s commitment to the education of its dedicated employees’ children and said it remains paramount on the company’s agenda.
Religious Affairs Director, Rev. Stephen L. Dahn, and other youth representatives also attended the ceremony.