The President of Harbel College (HARCO) in Lower Margibi County, Syrulwa Somah has revealed that the College is the least funded College in Liberia.
Mr. Somah told this writer over the weekend that the Institution is the most sophisticated, relevant and curriculum developed College in Liberia that can provide skill and the manpower needed for the development of the Country, but it is unfortunate that the College is the least funded College in the Country.
“It is a challenge, but we have a four year College in Margibi, we have to be persistence and perseverance in our determination to make sure that the College is successful; so it’s a struggle but we are doing our best we can” he explained.
According to Mr. Somah, the funding is not forthcoming as they expect it to be for a four-year degree granting Institution, adding that there are other Community Colleges in Liberia that are public and are receiving more money than a four year College.
He noted that the College is faced with the challenge of transportation thus struggling with two cars (Jeep and Pick-up Truck). He added that the College needs facilities and other things such as a cafeteria, water tower, more land, transportation (bus) and specialized Instructors to teach their specialized courses.
Mr. Somah noted that the College is sited on 20 acres of land thus posing a challenge to the Institution interns of agriculture production thereby expressing the need for more land to be able to carry out agriculture practical.
He averred that as a College President, he is teaching three classes something the President stated that he is not supposed to do that, but the College being a young baby has to survive.
The Harbel College’s Boss disclosed that though the Country is faced with economic challenges, the Government could do more and look at some of the Colleges that are offering degrees in different areas that can provide the needed manpower in Liberia.
He named civil engineering, mechanical engineering, environmental engineering, agro-business, information technology, primary and secondary educations, criminal justice architecture and construction among others. He also said the College is the only Institution that offers degrees in Liberian Studies.
He then said since the establishment of the College, the Authority of Margibi County has done nothing to support the Institution. Meanwhile, Mr. Somah said he has not received an invitation from the County leadership for the pending County gathering to be able to push their case.