The Inquirer (Monrovia)

22 December 2012

Liberia: Paying Heed to the President's Concern

editorial

AT THE 93RD Commencement Convocation of the University of Liberia yesterday, the Visitor to the University, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf who also served as Commencement Speaker told the over 1,800 graduates that there is a need for revival ,regarding the courses being pursued by students entering the university.

THE PRESIDENT'S STATEMENT came in the wake of the UL President Dr. Emmet A. Dennis' announcement to her as Visitor to the University that of the six undergraduate colleges, the College of Business and Public Administration still tops the list with 925 candidates.

THE LIBERIAN LEADER told the audience that it is time that Liberian students revitalize their areas of discipline because this country will need students who have interest in Science and Technology, Agriculture, Engineering or perhaps Education to take over the oil sector of the country. President Sirleaf also said every society needs to improve that quality of service and output of what has been attained.

ALTHOUGH PRESIDENT SIRLEAF expressed unhappiness over the continuous high enrollment of students in Business College, she however commended the graduates for their accomplishment and urged them to prepare themselves morally and mentally as they go out in the world. She also encouraged them to be fearless with assurance that government will continue to create the enabling environment for them to advance their studies.

FRANKLY, THE CONCERN of the President must be taken seriously because the nation is moving to a transformation that needs technocrats and scientists. Besides, there are many opportunities in the areas of science and technology so this is why it is necessary that students consider the issue of venturing into these areas.

INDEED, THE PRESIDENT'S concern must be looked at and taken seriously so that our students can rethink their decision to choose a specialized discipline or field of study. We need science students to fill in the gap of those areas that require technical assistance in order to compete with countries in the sub regions and other parts of the world.

LET IT BE known that Liberia now needs more people in the technical areas, especially so with the discovery of oil and the signing of concessional agreements for mining in the country.

WHILE SHARING THE concern of the President, we want students to express interest in the areas of science and technology. More specifically, we are happy over the efforts of the oil company and others who are encouraging students to get into the sciences.

AGAIN, LET STUDENTS pay heed to the concern of the students as there are great job opportunities for them. A HINT TO THE WISE IS QUITE SUFFICIENT!

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