Minister Kamara to Give US$30K to Bomi College

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Minister Kamara says the government is determined to develop the country’s human capital.

Promises palm seedlings for 100 acres

Min. Kamara

Finance Minister Boima S. Kamara has promised US$30,000 to the Bomi County Community College (BCCC) for the completion of the new student center to create more space for student debates, sharing ideas and socializing on campus.
Minister Kamara also promised to provide palm seedlings for 100 acres of land. A similar offer of palm seedlings to BCCC was recently made by Rep. Edwin M. Snowe.  These contributions will serve as a revenue stream for the college in the near future.
Speaking at the 5th Commencement Convocation last Tuesday at the Tubmanburg City Hall, where 50 students graduated in various disciplines, Minister Kamara told the students that their achievements came through hard work, dedication, commitment and determination.
He said prior to President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s time in office, there were two higher institutions of learning outside Monrovia: Cuttington University in Bong County and W.V.S. Tubman Technical College, now Tubman University, in Maryland County.
“Today there are six community colleges around the country, including several other universities and higher institutions of learning in and around Monrovia,” he said. “This is one of the ways the Liberian government is fulfilling its promises to the people by providing the enabling environment for the development of the human capital of the country.”
He said the graduation ceremony at Bomi College is a clear manifestation of the government’s determination to bring services closer to the people.
Describing it as “decentralization,” Minister Kamara said “many young people and those who desire to learn in Grand Bassa, Bong, Lofa, Nimba, Grand Gedeh and Bomi counties don’t have to travel to Monrovia to attend college.”
He said the government is exerting all efforts to ensure that every Liberian can have access to institutions of higher learning. On the theme “Access to Education, a Right to All Liberians,” he said over the past four-year fiscal period of the Agenda for Transformation (AfT), “spending in the education sector rose 14.4 percent.”
Minister Kamara admitted that more has to be done to ensure that the numbers translate into high quality, better performing college graduates.
He spoke about the country’s Vision 2030 to make Liberia a ‘middle income country,’ adding that the graduation falls under the 3rd Pillar, which is ‘Human Development.’
Minister Kamara said the goal of the 3rd Pillar is to improve quality of life by investing in more accessible and higher quality education; affordable and accessible quality healthcare; social protection for vulnerable citizens; and expanding access to health and environmentally-friendly water and sanitation services.
The Minister commended the graduates for a job well done and challenged them to be champions of peace, reconciliation and positive change.
Earlier, Dr. Zobong Norman, president of the college, enumerated several milestones in the 14 months since he took over the school, saying that “the usual Bomi County politics has been one of our greatest obstacles.”
“The use of misinformation and non-cooperation as weapons to tear down or undermine positive developments at the college has clearly been visible and this has to stop,” he said.
He added that BCCC’s collective vision is to become a true center for academic excellence that prepares students for productive and responsible leadership to contribute to the development of the country.
He congratulated “The Legendary Class” for a job well done and commended their parents, teachers, family members, and others, including Rep. Edwin Snowe, “for his support and love for Bomi County.”
The graduates, according to discipline, included agriculture (4), business (8), education (6), health sciences (10) and T-Vet (22), that includes masonry (4), plumbing (13) and carpentry (5).

3 COMMENTS

  1. The lack of technical high schools and technical colleges around the country is causing many Liberians to major in areas with less employment opportunities in Liberia. For so long, our few universities and colleges have focused on Liberal Arts, The Humanities, Law, and Business Education thus leaving out highly technical fields and industrial studies. These specialized technical fields are critical in rebuilding Liberia’s infrastructure. The government does not have enough jobs to hire most of our non- technical graduates from Liberia’s few major colleges. However, I applaud these graduates for their vocational education from Bomi County Community College. They now need employment.

    To fulfill our technical shortages, Liberia needs to offer more Scholarships in advanced agriculture training that could help lead the country to self-sufficiency in food production and exportation. It is relatively important to send more Liberian medical students abroad to study advanced medicine to meet the shortage of medical specialists in the country.

    In the early eighties during Deng Xiaoping “China’s Modernization Policy”, China invested heavily in its human capital by sending thousands of its graduate students abroad to study much needed professions that were critical in moving China’s economy into the rank of an industrialized nation. Those areas of scholarships were in all levels of engineering, medicine, architecture, hydrology, computer science, aeronautics and many high-tech specializations. Those students eventually returned and helped propelled China’s current economic development.

    We need to put more emphases on much needed scholarships in agriculture, engineering, architecture, civil aviation, medicine, science and technology at home and sending more students abroad to study. Such wise investment in human capital will help rebuild our heavily damaged infrastructures. We need technical expertise in building hydro dams, roads, bridges, metro rails, malls, housing projects, skyscrapers, power plants, etc….. in Liberia. If Liberia cannot afford to send students for advanced students, then, let us recruit technical instructors that we afford to pay from India, Sri Lanka, The Philippines, coupled with Liberians at home and Liberians in the diaspora, or from other ECOWAS nations to train our students.

    Let us utilize our human capital wisely for future development of our country. If we keep doing the same non-productive things over and over, we will keep getting the same nonproductive results. It is time to focus our attention on more technical colleges and vocational high schools (like BWI) that will prepare our graduates to find jobs with multinational companies looking for highly technical skilled employees. Making public education affordable for all Liberians is a good investment in our human capital.

  2. Alpha Conneh, you make a lot of sense. There is a serious need for vocational high schools in Liberia and the need for addition of technical colleges to the already existing community colleges in Bomi, Nimba, Grand Bassa, Grand Gedeh, Lofa and Bong Counties. This is one area where I commend Madam Sirleaf for the establishment of community colleges. This makes it easier for our students in the leeward counties to achieve college education without going to Monrovia.

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