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-Bacca Citizens Cry On Sime Darby For 50% Support
As part of its humanitarian waves to communities in its operational areas and beyond, citizens of Bacca town in lower Garwula district in Grand Cape County are appealing to Sime Darby to incorporate the Dendewea Public in the area for smooth operations.

Speaking to a cross section of citizens in the town, they told our reporters that although the Dendewea elementary school was built by the Liberian Government, but it needs supports to keep it functional.

According to the Bacca’s citizens, due to its open space without security personnel, majority of the doors, windows and other valuables belonging to the school have been stolen.

In an effort to fulfill the commitment signed with the project affected communities (PACs), Sime Darby has since built a modern junior high school in Sinii for the 17 affected communities, but the Bacca’s citizens who commended the company for such commitment said the distant is too far for their little kids.

They told our reporters that the kids in the town are not able to cross the Mafanta River in canoes and walk for nearly two hours before reaching the campus. Bacca and other nearby communities play host to the lone government school in the area and as such, they said it is the shortest distance for the kids and other school going children in the areas.

Speaking for the young people of the town, AbdullehSombai said due to the current state of the school, citizens and residents in the areas prefer sending their children to Matambo estate school, one of the schools operated by Sime Darby for schooling.

Sombai further disclosed that the teachers in the school are on regular government payroll with other benefits including food, but the citizens are not feeling the impact of their works.

“I want Sime Darby to give 50% supports to the school. People who are sending their children to other better schools in the plantation said they are enjoying the benefits from the company. Children travelling from the other PACs to the main road is harmful,” he said.

According to Sombai, majority of the young people in the area are working with the company and as such, they don’t have the time to provide security for the lone school.

“The first thing the guys will say is that they will not leave their company’s jobs to provide security for a school and their children are not going there. Most of them have left the town and living in the estate,” Sombai added.

Sombai lamented that although it is government that built the school, but there is an urgent need for the company to promptly intervene by helping the school. For his part, the town chief of Bacca town, BoimahGolafale joined the youth leader by calling on the company to help rescue the Dendewea Elementary School.

“There is no security for the school and as such, almost all of the materials have been stolen by criminals. We need teachers who will teach the children to our satisfaction. Sime Darby must help us by elevating the school,” he appealed.

Madam MariamaSombai, the women leader of the town, Mambu Sherriff, PACs chairman in the town, Alhaji Tombekai, the Imam of the Bacca’s Mosque all joined to send an appeal to the company for assistance in order to rescue the school.

The Dendewea Elementary School currently has over 300 students majority of who are little kids according to the chairman of the Parents-Teachers Association (PTA) of the school, AhajiTombekai.

Bacca town is situated at the banks of the Lofa River and the Mafanta River in Lower Garwula district, Grand Cape Mount County. Citizens in the area survive on farming, fishing, and charcoal burning for living.

By Reuben Sei Waylaun

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