Promises palm seedlings for 100 acres
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).