The Analyst (Monrovia)

30 November 2012

Liberia: U.S. Congressmen Honor Dillon - Recognize His Advocacy for Liberian Underprivileged

It is said a child who washes his hands eats with kings. This is proving true for Liberian political activist Abraham Darius Dillon whose political and constitutional analyses, amongst other national issues, has won him the admiration and recognition of prominent international personalities. Though the former Liberty Party stalwart is yet to end his first semester at the Strayer University where he's pursuing a undergraduate degree, he has begun to receive laurels for good work at home, as The Analyst reports.

Two United States Congressmen have certificated Mr. Abraham Darius Dillon in recognition of his "advocacy on behalf of the people of Liberia." The renowned Liberian political commentator bumped into the certification ceremony when he had gone to Rhode Island University upon the invitation of the Vice Provost for Urban Programs, Dr. John H. McCray.

Congressman Jack Reed said he was certificating Mr. Dillon for "Your visit to the State of Rhode Island and your dedication and service to the people of Liberia".

For his part, Congressman Sheldon Whitehouse said "In honor of your advocacy on behalf of the people of Liberia, I am pleased to present you this Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition".

Receiving the certificates, Dillon promised to keep advocating for the people of Liberia as his way of contributing his quota.

Mr. Darius Dillon, who is pursuing his undergraduate studies at the Strayer University at the Christiana Campus in the State of Delaware, said the Liberian people's struggle for political and socioeconomic advancement cannot be compromised.

Earlier, the Vice Provost for Urban Programs at the Rhode Island, Dr. John H. McCray, welcomed Dillon to the University and expressed his interest to provide some assistance to Liberia's education sector.

Dr. McCray also expressed willingness to meet particularly with Dr. Emmett Dennis, President of the University of Liberia to foster a relationship with the University of Rhode Island and the University of Liberia. He has promised to visit Liberia early February 2013.

The promised intervention of the Rhode Island University VP is a result of the visitation of the institution by Liberian political analyst, Abraham Darius Dillon, currently pursuing undergraduate studies in the United States.

During the visit, Dillon expressed gratitude to officials of the University for the invitation and warm reception accorded him and expressed his joy pursuing higher and quality academic in the Unites States.

According to a dispatch from the United States, other officials and Professors on hand to meet Mr. Dillon were Madam BarbaraKlitz, Associate Professor &Coordinator of the Graduate Cytopathology Program, Dr. Edward Bozzi, Associate Professor, Chemistry Administration, Biotechnology Management Program, Miss. Nadia Saadeh and Mr. Alan Rothman, all of the University of Rhode Island (Alan Shawn Feinstein Providence Campus).

McCray welcomed Mr. Dillon and commended him for the visit. Dr. McCray indicated that he has had a long-standing interest in the history of Liberia and recalled how the Late Liberian President William V S Tubman fought for freedom of Africa that witnessed the independence of many African Nations during Tubman's reign and afterwards.

After the brief welcome protocol in Dr. McCray's office, Mr. Dillon was taken on a guided tour to see the facilities of the campus. Impressed by what he saw, especially the Science Laboratories, Mr. Dillon made a passionate appeal for technical as well financial assistance for institutions of higher learning in Liberia with specific emphasis on the University of Liberia.

He said: "I will not shy away from the fact that these learning facilities are lacking in my country due to our civil conflict that lasted well over fourteen years. As a country and people, resilient in our resolve to ensure we make up for the lost years, we are seeking every needed support and assistance in this direction. It would please my heart were you to consider lending some technical support toward the educational sector of my country; especially to the State-owned University of Liberia.

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