The Sanniquellie campus of the Nimba County Community College (NCCC) was a scene of enthusiasm on Friday, February 28, when the Minister of National Defense made the significant cash contribution of US$1,000. The donation was given to support a project that students intend to undertake on their main campus across the railroad community in Sanniquellie, the political capital of the county.
Minister Brownie J. Samukai, Jr., made the cash contribution when he served as chief launcher for the NCCC’s Student Center Project.
Friday’s fund raising program, which is the first of its kind initiated by the NCCC, coincided with the second installation of the institution’s student council government.
Other officials in attendance including well respected Nimba County-based businessman, Tomah Seh Floyd; Post and Telecommunication Minister, Dr. Frederick Norkeh; former
Education Minister, Dr. Joseph Z.D. Korto; and county development Superintendent, Teeko Tozay Yorlay, among others.
They also made personal financial contributions and pledges on behalf of their respective homes and institutions in support of the successful implementation of the project. Their collective contributions to the project increased the amount of money raised to US$1,441/L$46190, while the rest was made through pledges.
The project began last year with hopes to lobby relevant stakeholders to raise the amount of US$15, 444 towards its completion.
Earlier in his remarks, Minister Samukai cautioned the student body to avoid “reckless militancy” (unnecessary demonstration/protest) that would have the propensity to derail their ongoing academic sojourn.
According to the minister, such militancy or demonstration could destroy the future of the young people and stall their own progress; hurting them in their learning process.
“Your engagement in society should be positive if you want to become trusted leaders for the future of your respective communities, counties and the country at large,” Minister Samukai warned.
He also urged the students to think of themselves as learners bringing to the table of leadership (as young persons in terms of development) their talents, skills, training and capacities, among other things.
“Look beyond where you see yourself today. 40 years ago, I never knew that I would become a government official let alone the Minister of National Defense.”
Minister Samukai admonished the students to remain disciplined, resilient and courageous, “because there are benefits to education, training, obedience and trustworthiness, as all my achievements are based on those factors.”
He then advised the students to begin the process that would “protect them against recklessness and maintain their vibrancy.”
Minister Samukai also praised the NCCC’s Administration, headed by its president, Dr. Yah Donlah Gonway Gono, and the student leadership for the meticulous manner in which they were conducting the affairs of the institution.
He also commended the cooperation existing between the NCCC and the political leadership of the county. He said it has undoubtedly built the openness in the minds of the students, thereby creating the kind of vibrancy that continuously leads the college to achieving its future goals.
Student Council Leadership
In his inaugural speech, the student council president, Prince Mehn, promised on behalf of his colleagues that with their installation, the recovery of the institution was on its way.
Also installed with Prince Mehn was a female vice president, Jamesetta Sonkarly. They were inducted into their respective offices by the superintendent of the county’s prison compound, Atty. Harris G.T. Wowoah.
According to the student council president, his administration would introduce a broad set of policies to foster peace and accelerate more aid to any academically deserving students, thus building a vibrant system of governance.
“There is still a long way to go in achieving all of our perceived objectives, but our leadership will launch its recovery program with the hope of rapid, inclusive leadership in the semesters to come.”
He said since its inception a few years ago the NCCC has become a fast growing student oriented community college where the enrollment of students has an upward trend. He said the progress is owed to the degree granting programs introduced and the number of qualify instructional staff.
The NCCC was established a few years ago by a charter of the new education Act with the mission to, among other things, provide the best possible educational experience to every student wanting to achieve a mid-level tertiary education (an associate of arts degree).
It was also established to search for new ways to unify, improve and develop the county as a whole in terms of its academic output.
NCCC aims to achieve this by investing in and educating the county’s human resources for the sake of development and a brighter tomorrow that ensures access to educational opportunity for the people of Nimba and Liberia in general.
The NCCC, according to its president, Dr. Yah Donlah Gonway Gono, is committed to being the best developed and most peaceful environment for students to receive an education based on nurturance, love, acceptance and encouragement. It aims to create the best environment for exchange students-who would “use education as a tool not as a stool.” NCCC wants to be the best environment to provide opportunities for community service and holistic personal growth; and the best environment to experience the joys of teaching and lifelong learning.