As Amara Konneh gets set to leave the post of Finance Minister for another assignment at the World Bank, commendations upon commendations keep pouring in heralding his hard work. This time, the Salvation Army Liberia Command Education Secretariat is appreciating Mr. Konneh for the yeoman’s role he played as Minister of Finance and Development in ensuring the complete rehabilitation and furnishing of the Salvation Army William Booth Junior and Senior High School on Pipeline Road in Paynesville, when the institution was destroyed by fire on March 4, 2015.
According to Head of Salvation Army Liberia Command Education Secretariat, David S. Massaquoi, the fire disaster hit the school just three days after the resumption of classes for the Post Ebola Academic Year, leaving more than 900 students of two sessions without classrooms and other learning facilities. “Due to the severe nature of the crisis we wrote the government officially on March 5, 2015 through the Ministry of Education for emergency intervention,” Massaquoi said. Consequently, Minister Amara M. Konneh was informed about the crisis on March 19, 2015 in a meeting with Stakeholders on Ebola Money for Mission and Private Schools. It was to the surprise of all stakeholders in the room that Minister Konneh promptly responded with a firm commitment from government for the complete rehabilitation and furnishing of the school within 30 days. “The next day, government engineers were on our compound for assessment of the damage and cost estimate of restoring the school. A Marshall Plan was developed for the students to resume classes under temporary arrangements while the rehabilitation project was being designed for implementation,” says the elated Salvation Army Liberia Command Education Secretariat head. The government financial muscles turned on William Booth and within 30 days after kickoff, the promise of Africa’s Finance Minister of the Year 2014 became a reality. William Booth High School was finally restored with all 12 classrooms, four offices, science laboratory, library, teachers’ lounge, school store and washrooms completely rehabilitated and fully furnished. “For this reason, the Salvation Army Liberia Command Education Secretariat and the entire School System extend to the outgoing Minister of Finance and Development Planning, Honorable Amara M. Konneh, our heartfelt appreciation and best wishes as he leaves public service in Liberia for an international responsibility with the World Bank,” says Massaquoi, adding, “May God’s journey mercies go with you and may your hands do wonders for the world. May your service at the World Bank be an vehicle for future elevations”.